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Live in Studio 4A
Our showcase for artists invited to perform on the program and talk about their music
The PT 50
Our list of 50 essential classical CDs
Piano Puzzlers
Bruce Adolphe's "name that composer" piano quiz
András Schiff
Andras Schiff Hungarian pianist András Schiff is truly a master of his trade. Critic Ted Libbey considers him an "old school" artist, playing in the grand romantic tradition, with deep insight and intimate knowledge of music he performs.

During the Bach 2000 celebrations, Schiff played all of the composer's keyboard works -- from memory -- in concerts around the world and also conducted a performance of the St. Matthew Passion. Since 1999, he has taken on the challenge of performing all 27 of Mozart's piano concertos at the Mozartwoche of the Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, the official "Hüterin des Erbes" (Guardian of the heritage) for the composer in Salzburg. His series is scheduled to end in 2005. During the next few seasons, Schiff's orchestral activities will include conducting programs of Bach, Beethoven and Mozart from the keyboard.

In 1996, Schiff was honored with Hungary's Kossuth Prize, the nation's highest official distinction. He is also a recipient of the Bartók Prize (1991) and the Leonie Sonnings Music Prize (1997) in Copenhagen. Schiff's prolific discography has also garnered him two Grammy awards, one for his recording of the Bach English Suites, and one for his CD of Schubert's Schwanengesang with tenor Peter Schreier.

In Depth

Janácek: A Recollection
Critic Tom Manoff reviews a CD of piano music by Czech composer Leos Janácek called A Recollection. Janácek was known for infusing his classical compositions with the folk music of his native Moravia. The recording features pianist András Schiff. (ECM Records 461660) (September, 2001)

Basic Goldbergs
Critic Ted Libbey and Fred Child discuss one of Johann Sebastian Bach's best known keyboard works -- the "Goldberg Variations." Ted adds three recordings of the classic to the PT Basic Record Library. The featured artists are Murray Perahia, András Schiff, and Ton Koopman. (November, 2000)

Smetana Polkas
Pianist and critic Rachel Franklin reviews András Schiff's recording of polkas by Bedrich Smetana. Smetana, with his interest in "nationalist" music, used the traditional Czech polka to provide snapshots of Bohemian life. (Teldec 3984-21261-2) (January, 2000)

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