Andras Schiff's Beethoven Odyssey in L.A.

Piano Perceptions

Listen to some of Andras Schiff's ideas about the the piano and its music.

Beethoven vs. Chopin

Hear Andras Schiff in conversation with KUSC's Jim Svejda.

Hear The Sonatas Separately

Andras Schiff, in concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, April 1, 2009.

The Conversation Continues

Pianist Andras Schiff plays a tremendous range of music, but he likes to focus on one composer at a time. He's gone through serious obsessions with Schubert, Schumann, Haydn and Bartok, as well as major bouts of Bach and Mozart, documenting the results on dozens of CDs over the course of a 35-year career.

Andras Schiff

hide captionAndras Schiff is immersed in Beethoven. He finished his run of all 32 Beethoven sonatas at Disney Hall on Apr. 1.

Jean-Francois Gailloud

Lately, it's been Beethoven. Schiff has been performing all 32 of Beethoven's piano sonatas in chronological order in various American venues, including San Francisco; Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York; and Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall, where this live webcast took place. Schiff also played the complete set in 15 European cities. At the Zurich concerts, the sonatas were recorded and released on the ECM label.

More Beethoven?

Whenever another round of Beethoven sonatas appears, an inevitable question arises: Why play and record them again, when so many others have done so already?

In pondering his own complete set of Beethoven sonatas, pianist Russell Sherman described the mere idea of recording yet another cycle as awkward. He wrote that there are only two possible reasons to do it: "Vanity, or the conviction that one may contribute unprecedented insights and discoveries — which is vanity squared."

Schiff's attitude is a little more practical. In a conversation with Martin Meyer, he spoke about all the "secrets and challenges" that still lie hidden in the sonatas — and that today, 187 years after the last one was written, the music remains vital.

"The sonatas have lost none of their relevance and freshness," Schiff says. "Mind you, they constantly have to be interpreted with renewed vigor — or, to put it more precisely, the individual character has to be grasped."

Beethoven By The Numbers

Schiff chose to present all 32 sonatas — some 11 hours of music — in chronological order. From the Haydn-inspired opening group of three sonatas (1794) to the heroic "Waldstein" (1804) to the concentrated final works (1821), Beethoven's sonatas span his entire career.

"With Beethoven, it seems important to me to show the encyclopedic logic of his development, and that's only possible in a chronological reflection of the creative process," Schiff says. "As far as the first three sonatas are concerned, what's immediately striking from an objective point of view is their unprecedented brilliance. In them, we hear the virtuoso presenting himself to the public."

The Final Sonatas

As Beethoven grew more and more deaf, he seemed to turn increasingly inward, and many of his final works reflect his isolationist mood. Pianist and scholar Charles Rosen notes that the last piano sonatas "needed a much longer time to enter into the mainstream of musical influence," taking almost a century, he says, to reach the level of popularity afforded to earlier sonatas like the "Waldstein."

"They are deeply serious works," Rosen writes, "but they do not seem to have, at first hearing, the forthright moral earnestness of the sonatas from the 'Pathetique' to 'Les Adieux,' largely because they make few concessions to the listener. Understanding them, taking pleasure in hearing them, requires an active participation from the listener never demanded before from the piano sonata."

Schiff would agree. He says that Beethoven's final three sonatas are very specific creations, each different from one another and from what came before.

"Both on the analytical and the emotional plane," Schiff says, "we can hear that the composer once again conceived of creating something extraordinary, and did indeed create it."

For Schiff, the most extraordinary music comes in the hymnlike set of variations serving as the final movement of the Sonata No. 30 in E major.

"If I had to name my favorite movement in all 32 sonatas, it would be this one," Schiff says. "It has been that way since my childhood. The theme itself has the aspect of a saraband, or a solemn dance.

"One can only marvel at the way [his] life's work continually fans out into different constellations," he says. "From the Op. 2 sonatas onwards, we find an enormous variety of character — passion side by side with lyrical relaxation, concert pieces side by side with more capricious compositions. Soon, the radius of the instrument becomes too narrow for him, so that his purely pianistic style of writing is broadened towards the direction of orchestral colors."

About Andras Schiff

Schiff started piano lessons at the age of 5, and made his formal debut just four years later. At 14, he continued his studies at the Franz Liszt Academy, in his native Budapest with composer-pianist Gyorgy Kurtag, and in London with George Malcolm.

In the early 1970s, Schiff launched his career with prize-winning performances at both the Tchaikovsky and Leeds competitions. He was first heard in the U.S. in 1978 as a soloist with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Since then, he's given recitals around the world and performed with many leading orchestras.

In 1999, Schiff founded his own chamber orchestra, the Cappella Andrea Barca, specifically to perform the complete set of Mozart's piano concertos. He's also a devoted chamber musician, and for 10 seasons directed the Musiktage Mondsee chamber music festival near Salzburg, Austria.

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Classics In Concert: Pianist Andras Schiff At Walt Disney Concert Hall(04/01/2009) 
10:55
[Comment From Abe]
I enjoy Mr. Schiff's Bach recordings: TWTC, English, and Italian Suites. I have not had a chance to sample his Beethoven sonatas, this will be a good exposure.
10:55
[Comment From Jarenweezy]
Andras Schiff recordings taught me Beethoven sonatas
10:55
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  The concert is about to begin, stay tuned for Beethoven sonatas from Andras Schiff!
11:00
[Comment From Jen]
His interview with Jim Svedja last night was terrific. Also loved his lectures on Beethoven...so generous of him!
11:00
[Comment From K_K]
How good is the sound quality of this live broadcast?
11:00
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  To turn the chat sounds off, look for the icon of a speaker below the chat window.
11:02
[Comment From Dolores]
I am not receiveing any sound only messages
11:02
[Comment From Scott]
Will the concert begin after the news?
11:02
[Comment From Larry]
My speaker icon is off but it still made the noise. I hope it does not do that during the concert.
11:02
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  You can turn it off by pressing the icon of a speaker, its the third over from the right, under the chat box.
11:03
[Comment From Carl]
I'm not receiving a picture or sound, just these comments
11:03
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  Try re-loading your page, then clicking on the "Listen Now" link
11:03
[Comment From s]
If you are hearing ATC you may need to refresh browser
11:04
[Comment From Dolores]
Icons are from left to right - sound, autoscrolling refresh reader info rss
11:04
[Comment From Steve Coghill, KUSC]
Thanks, everyone, for tuning in for this special live webcast. Thanks also to NPR for making this possible on KUSC.ORG!
11:05
[Comment From Larry]
You need to click on the top box under the word "Tonight" it seems to be the news now
11:07
[Comment From Larry]
I am still getting the news...am I doing something wrong?
11:08
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  Schiff hasn't started playing yet.
11:08
[Comment From Khasha]
Mine is not connecting, either!
11:09
[Comment From Its Lars Time]
Y'all ready to get your Schiff on!?
11:09
[Comment From Larry]
Are they just going to break in when the concert begins?
11:09
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @ Larry - Are you connceting through nprmusic or KUSC?
11:09
[Comment From violadamore2]
This is the perfect pairing of the internet and great art. Shouldn't this happen more often in a supposedly first world country?.
11:10
[Comment From craig]
nothing
11:10
[Comment From Alex P]
I don't get any immage, just sound and chat
11:10
[Comment From Larry]
It says NPR music
11:10
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @Larry - There should be a link that says "Listen Now" at the top of the story page
11:10
[Comment From diabola]
hmm nothing so far
11:10
[Comment From Khasha]
I got coonected, clicking on NPR Music!
11:11
[Comment From Jonathan]
No picture - the audio has been "buffering" for five minutes. We're probably well into the first piece.
11:11
[Comment From K_K]
press the play button
11:11
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  There won't be any picture tonight, just audio.
11:11
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
No picture!
11:11
[Comment From Alex P]
do you get any video?
11:11
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  Sorry, no video of this performance. Just the audio
11:11
[Comment From Khasha]
He's well into it; brilliant!
11:12
[Comment From Abe]
I am hearing the Hammerklavier, as a time filler, I guess.
11:12
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
wait what?
11:12
[Comment From violadamore2]
Try a different player option if you're getting faulty audio.
11:12
[Comment From Guest]
well this is going to be like the old fire chats that is not goog
11:12
[Comment From Larry]
When I clicked on Listen Now a\ll I get is KUSC live stream...which is not the concert
11:13
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
Me too Larry
11:13
[Comment From WMM]
Correct, Hammerklavier recording while we are waiting for latecomers to be seated
11:13
[Comment From t]
no audio, still buffering.
11:13
[Comment From Guest]
back to i tunes
11:13
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
Here it comes!
11:13
[Comment From Abe]
To the NPR, E. Kagan, sound is beautiful and very rich, you might say CD quality.
11:13
[Comment From Its Lars Time]
awwwww yeaaaaahhhh!
11:13
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  Try clicking this link: http://www.kusc.org/classical/ListenNow/ListenOnline/Schiff.php
11:14
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  If the audio isn't working, try clicking the link above, there should be an audio player embedded into the page that says "Listen Now," and click play.
11:14
[Comment From lw]
Nope
11:15
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  And here is the link through the NPR Music page: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102395352
11:15
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Will this be archived for later?
11:15
[Comment From Guest]
i feel like i am in heaven
11:15
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @ LYM, Yes this will be archived on the NPR Music website
11:15
[Comment From craig]
nope here
11:15
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Im gonna see this in NYC!
11:15
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
this is so great
11:15
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Thank you Eleanor.
11:15
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  You're welcome.
11:16
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  The easiest way to find it will be through Andras Schiff's artist page, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=16318118
11:16
[Comment From diana]
Thank you NPR , Excellent sound
11:16
[Comment From Eddie W.]
Nothing. Such a shame, looked forward to this all day. Internet schmindnet! :-/ (Yes, I clicked on link, followed instructions...)
11:16
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  Don't worry, you can listen to it later once it is archived if the live stream is being fussy.
11:17
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Danke.
11:17
[Comment From Abe]
Yes, it is a virtual Concert Hall, I hope it's a very huge one.
11:17
[Comment From dolores]
www.kusc.org - got the audio link - He is a great pianist - beautiful touch - weight He has exquisite technique
11:18
[Comment From Eddie W.]
This must be streaming from the Culver studio...all the IT guys were canned with the rest of 'em. (Sorry, had to!) :-)
11:18
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  If you're having problems with the audio, you might want to try checking http://help.npr.org/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=5670 for player support on NPR.org.
11:18
[Comment From gbrush]
The embedded player requires Adobe Flash Player. If necessary, you can quickly get the player installed at Adobe's site (http://www.adobe.com) in about 1 minute, then return to the KUSC/NPR site to listen to the audio.
11:19
[Comment From Jen]
Wait- so this is, remarkable as it is, JUST audio...no video, right?
11:19
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @Jen - Correct.
11:19
[Comment From Jen]
thx!
11:23
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
We need some 24bit PCM streaming next time :P
11:23
[Comment From Five]
Is this part of a concert series or is this a recording of last week's concert? [Have been busy lately to be able to check]
11:23
[Comment From Larry]
I am sorry; all I seem to be able to get is the live feed from KUSC, which is not the concert. Sounds good...just wish it was the concert. I have tried all the suggestions but must be doing something wrong. It would be nice to find this archived somewhere as I have been looking forward to this since it was announced.
11:23
[Comment From Guest]
Eleanor, got it to work in Safari...was using Firefox...I'm on Mac. Thx. :-)
11:23
[Comment From Gypsy Scholar]
There are syncopations, odd ones, that I do not recall hearing in the earlier sonatas. Sounds almost modern. The audio quality of the webcast is excellent. I'm listening through some production quality monitors. From San Francisco to Delray Beach FL. Thanks
11:24
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
I bet its AAC-HE
11:24
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @ Larry - Yes, the concert will be archived at nprmusic.org
11:25
[Comment From Larry]
Thanks...any idea when it will be posted? I am very sad...
11:25
[Comment From gbrush]
Larry, be sure that your browser has the Adobe Flash plugin installed. Also, Internet Explorer may wok better for this than Firefox or some 3rd-party browser. (I had to switch to IE to get the audio to work).
11:26
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  And if you are near any of these cities you can hear Andras in person, finishing off his tour
April 5: Davies Symphony Hall - San Francisco (finishing the cycle)
April 7: Memorial Hall - University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill
April 9 & 11: Hill Auditorium - Ann Arbor, Michigan (finishing the cycle)
April 13: National Arts Centre - Ottawa, Ontario
April 15: McCarter Theater - Princeton, New Jersey
April 17 & 19: Carnegie Hall - New York, NY (finishing the cycle)
11:27
[Comment From Larry]
I am using IE, and I expect Flash is installed. I can get KUSC's stream just fine, and other things I have tried. Just no concert. It just says 'buffering' the whole time. Thanks for the suggestions though.
11:28
[Comment From Guest]
IT IS NOT WORKING
11:28
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
The server is getting creamed, for sure.
11:29
[Comment From tom]
I'm using firefox. No problem at all.
11:29
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Ohhh, make sure you have the LATEST version of flash.
11:29
[Comment From tom]
you have to click the play button on the left
11:31
[Comment From Guest]
this is great
11:32
[Comment From Don]
I think those who started early get priority. Can't get anything.
11:33
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  So what does everyone think of the music so far?
11:33
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
again, make sure you have the LATEST version of flash.
11:33
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Really.
11:33
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
@Eleanor: wonderful!
11:33
[Comment From Alexander]
This music takes hold of the soul in a marvelous, awestriking manner! Bravo!
11:33
[Comment From Gracy]
Oh my gosh... I died and went to heaven!! Thank you sooooo much.
11:33
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
hahahah, GSM buzz.
11:34
[Comment From Eddie W.]
Bravo is right!
11:34
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Put it away :)
11:34
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  Seating Break: Up Next: the Sonata No. 31 in A-flat
11:34
[Comment From tom]
wonderful!!! The sound is perfect.
11:34
[Comment From Gypsy Scholar]
Take some of the compression off of your announcer's voice
11:34
[Comment From gbrush]
CD quality sound. Good L/R channel separation. I feel like a part of history tonite.
11:34
[Comment From dolores]
I just heard Sonata 30 Opus 109 - live from LA - Disney concert Hall using KUSC.ORG
11:35
[Comment From Don]
Flash is up to date. Still no sound. :-(
11:35
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
does it just say buffering, still?
11:35
[Comment From Don]
Yes
11:36
[Comment From laurababy]
how does work?
11:36
[Comment From Don]
OK, now it started. Good!
11:36
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
You are using, at least, windows XP, right?
11:36
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
ok
11:36
[Comment From Guest]
try to reboot
11:36
[Comment From Guest]
Throw that away and get an iMac
11:36
[Comment From Don]
gag
11:36
[Comment From Guest]
yes
11:37
[Comment From Ann]
Sounds as if he were playing right here in our living room
11:37
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Keep, the trolling to a minimum, plz.
11:37
[Comment From laurababy]
i have mac though!!!!!!!!!!
11:37
[Comment From dolores]
What is the name of this sonata? I have book I & II
11:37
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Op.110
11:37
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  This is the Sonata no. 31 in A-flat, Op. 110
11:38
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
The fugue at the second movement is *almost* unmached,.
11:38
[Comment From Guest]
the video feed is good thanks
11:39
[Comment From Don]
Sonata #31 in Ab Op. 110
11:39
[Comment From craig]
click "full classical music archive" and follow the links and YOU WILL HEAR
11:40
[Comment From Guest]
en la bemol majeur-- sorry, could not resist, there are no names for these last three Beethoven sonatas.
11:40
[Comment From Don]
Piano is going out of tune . . .
11:41
[Comment From Don]
Does anyone know if this is Schiff's own piano?
11:41
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
I "heard" that he brings his piano everywhere.
11:41
[Comment From Don]
He has 2 even.
11:42
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  Yes, Andras usually brings his own piano and technician
11:42
[Comment From Guest]
No 31 is a very soul stirring work.
11:42
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
I'm sure he has several :P
11:42
[Comment From Don]
This doesn't sound like Disney Hall's Steinway. I could be wrong.
11:42
[Comment From Jonathan]
Still "buffering" after forty minutes. It looks like I'm missing this concert.
11:42
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  He plays Steinways for some music and Bosendorfers for other music
11:42
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @ Jonathan - Not to worry. The concert will be archived at nprmusic.org
11:43
[Comment From Don]
Jonathan, it did work on my computer to update Adobe Flash. Did you try that?
11:43
[Comment From Monica]
How many are left? I just started listening...
11:43
[Comment From Eddie W.]
He recorded his Beethoven cycle on Steinways and Bosendorgers, all studio except for one volume which were live.
11:43
[Comment From Jonathan]
Yes, I updated Flash - first thing I tried, to no avail. Thanks, though.
11:43
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  We are half way through No. 31, and we've got sonata No. 32 in C minor yet to go
11:43
[Comment From Don]
He's in the second movement of #30. Lots of music to go.
11:43
[Comment From Abe]
One-and-a half.
11:44
[Comment From Monica]
Thank you! ^______^
11:45
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Now the fugue!
11:46
[Comment From Victor ELA]
I cant hear the concert. Can someone help?
11:46
[Comment From gbrush]
The audience sounds (dropping of papers, etc.) sure are crisp!
11:46
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Victor: you need to get the latest version of flash, and make sure that it replaces your old version.
11:46
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  

This music has such a personal, searching quality to it, you just wonder what was going through this deaf man's head when he wrote it.

11:46
[Comment From Don]
Victor - others have had luck updating the flash player, then restarting the browser and waiting a bit.
11:47
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
@Tom: yeah, Same goes for the Grosse Fugue...
11:47
[Comment From Victor ELA]
okay. Thank you. :o)
11:47
[Comment From Don]
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
11:47
[Comment From Don]
This slow movement is like a sad opera aria.
11:47
[Comment From Victryros]
I've never heard Schiff before, but this has been wonderful so far
11:47
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  Schiff says that Mozart was sent from heaven. He's not one of us. But Beethoven was one of the most human composers. He represents the best of "us."
11:47
[Comment From Don]
Giving way (2 times) to the joy of the fugue
11:48
[Comment From P]
Where's the video???
11:48
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  There's no video of this peformance, just audio.
11:48
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Don! Yes!
11:48
[Comment From Guest]
what movement are we at?
11:48
[Comment From P]
Oh... =[
11:48
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Last of op110
11:48
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  Third movement from Sonata No. 31
11:48
[Comment From P]
Is this the last sonata?
11:48
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
The first entrance of the fugue.
11:49
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
P: No.
11:49
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
We have one more, op.111
11:49
[Comment From P]
I came late. 32 sonatas total.
11:50
[Comment From Don]
Maybe what I heard earlier as tuning trouble was just the compression. I put headphones on now, and there is a lot of compression distortion.
11:50
[Comment From Victryros]
Tonight's performance is the last three, correct?
11:50
[Comment From P]
i wish there was a video.
11:51
[Comment From Don]
Has anyone listened to Schiff's lectures on the Beethoven Sonatas?
11:51
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Almost all of them.
11:51
[Comment From Jen]
all of them...each is a masterpiece
11:51
[Comment From Gypsy Scholar]
I thought I heard a touch of distortion earlier, too, Don. Thought it might be my system
11:51
[Comment From Don]
His insight is excellent, and it shows in his playing. Very well thought through.
11:52
[Comment From Don]
I hear high frequency sizzling and tweeting, but I'm kinda picky.
11:52
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Don, what do you expect?!?
11:52
[Comment From gbrush]
no distortion at all here.
11:52
[Comment From Guest]
it must be your system the sound is good here
11:52
[Comment From Don]
Well, methinks 'good' is relative.
11:52
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Its AAC-HE.. much better than MP3 at the same bitrate.
11:53
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Im listening to this on a pair of studio monitors and a nice headphone amp.
11:53
[Comment From Victryros]
i don't hear distortion either
11:53
[Comment From Victryros]
but i'm not on the best speakers right now
11:54
[Comment From Victryros]
i know of AAC. What's AAC-HE?
11:54
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
There are two flavors, LC and HE.
11:55
[Comment From dolores]
I AM ON EXCELLENT SPEAKERS WITH A SUB-WOOFER - bOSTON aCOUSTICS - the sound is pure and exciting
11:55
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  Holy cow!
11:55
[Comment From Don]
oops. I once played that piece, and goofed up the ending just like that!
11:55
[Comment From Abe]
Tom, when Herr Beethoven shakes his fist at heavens (for that matter at some tryrants) we enjoy his bold statements in our behalf.
11:55
[Comment From Eddie W.]
There goes our wonderful LA audience, clapping before it's over. ANDRAS HATES THAT!
11:55
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
I wish to god people didnt clap so quickly!!!
11:55
[Comment From Don]
Now we hear the fist shaking!
11:56
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Eddie: All great musicians hate that.
11:56
Tom Huizenga, NPR:  Here's the last Sonata, No. 32 in C minor
11:56
[Comment From Guest]
i enjoyed the clapping
11:56
[Comment From Victryros]
i would imagine any dedicated performer would hate that
11:56
[Comment From P]
HAh. I can imagine the angry Schiff
11:56
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
I want silence when im done performing.
11:57
[Comment From Don]
This movement positively rails at fate - then the variations work it all out so incredibly.
11:57
[Comment From gbrush]
It's a sign of appreciation and approval at the Met. I don't think it's too out-of-place at the Disney.
11:57
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
I saw him once in Philly, many years ago. There was a few older citizens sitting in the front row who fell asleep and started snoring....
11:57
[Comment From dolores]
What happened to the sound?
11:57
[Comment From Guest]
you want to know the crowd liked the piece
11:58
[Comment From Victryros]
nooo, come back!
11:58
[Comment From Don]
Hmmm . .interesting interpretation.
11:58
[Comment From Don]
Has it stopped for some?
11:58
[Comment From Don]
It may just need to re-buffer.
11:58
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
This entire piece reminds me of Mozart!
11:58
[Comment From Victryros]
yup. for me, at least
11:59
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Mine just stopped!
11:59
[Comment From Don]
what a drag.
11:59
[Comment From Eddie W.]
My sound is gone, too, Don.
11:59
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
:(
11:59
[Comment From Guest]
the music has not stopped
11:59
[Comment From Steve Coghill, KUSC]
For those of you interested in video of Andras Schiff - here's a link to a DVD you can purchase of him discussing and performing the three sonatas you're hearing tonight: http://www.masterclassfoundation.org/info.php?id=2207
11:59
[Comment From Eddie W.]
:-/
11:59
[Comment From Guest]
but i want it for free
11:59
[Comment From Ed]
I clicked away and came back but it's been buffering ever since I came back. And just at that time some people lost sound too.
11:59
[Comment From Subscriber Don]
Nothing good is free . . . .
11:59
[Comment From laurababy]
mine sound is still in working order!
12:00
[Comment From Victryros]
I don't know...something's wrong. When I first connected I heard the music instantly. now it's been buffering for quite a while
12:00
[Comment From Don]
:-)
12:00
[Comment From laurababy]
I love this sonata. my teacher plays it really well
12:00
[Comment From Don]
V-maybe reload the page???
12:00
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
Give it a second it is going into outerspace
12:00
[Comment From dolores]
Thank you for the info - I added the link to my favorites to check out later
12:00
[Comment From Alex P]
Just lost sound
12:00
[Comment From P]
refresh. that happened to me in the beginning
12:01
[Comment From Eddie W.]
It is going to outer space -- I'm in on the joke, buddy! LOL
12:01
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
haha
12:01
[Comment From laurababy]
you guys are missing the octaves!!
12:01
[Comment From VictryRos]
was that a louis ck reference?
12:01
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
yes
12:01
[Comment From Eddie W.]
Tom Papa
12:01
[Comment From Alex P]
Did refresh, doesn't work
12:01
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Mine is still buffering.
12:02
[Comment From Eddie W.]
Oh, sorry, Louie CK, I guess...
12:02
[Comment From Alex P]
so is mine
12:02
[Comment From Don]
Sorry - I fought it for 10 or 15 minutes before I got anything.
12:02
[Comment From dolores]
still no sound
12:02
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Shucks.
12:02
[Comment From dolores]
The message says - it is buffereing - i will be patient
12:03
[Comment From P]
Hi laura baby!
12:03
[Comment From Don]
I wouldn't just wait - I'd reload once a minute or so.
12:03
[Comment From laurababy]
HI P!!! (is this eppy pay?)
12:04
[Comment From P]
HAHA omg it stoped. =[
12:04
[Comment From dolores]
Hi Teresa - are you online with kusc?
12:04
[Comment From P]
yes aura lay
12:04
[Comment From laurababy]
I guess I'm the only one lucking out! it looks like me and andras were meant to be
12:04
[Comment From Don]
Stomping his foot, I think!
12:04
[Comment From VictryRos]
But this is actually pretty awesome, guys. Right now we're listening to John Cage's 4'33''
12:05
[Comment From VictryRos]
it's win win
12:05
[Comment From Eddie W.]
One-and-a-half out of three ain't bad...for free...and from outer space. I'll listen on the archive. But will keep refreshing Safari in meantime. I'm at Starbucks and there's a homeless man sitting next to me with very bad BO. Bless him...
12:05
[Comment From P]
hahaha.... lets perform that tomorrow in class aura lay
12:05
[Comment From Don]
Nice closing. Now the variations.
12:05
[Comment From Guest]
Maybe your computers specialty is just "buffering", and you should let it do what it does the best!
12:05
[Comment From P]
andras schiff performing john cage's first movement.
12:05
[Comment From laurababy]
ya! we could totally learn this tonight! no big deal!!
12:06
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
Eddie winslow
12:06
[Comment From P]
its still not working.. it was fine =[
12:06
[Comment From greg]
cage thought the freeways sound like the ocean....i sooo looked forward to hearing this...aarrg
12:07
[Comment From laurababy]
well, if you want peppy, i can just sing what he's playing on the phone to you in about 5 mins.
12:07
[Comment From Don]
Will it be available in an archive later?
12:07
[Comment From laurababy]
who needs andras schiff when you have my voice!!!
12:07
[Comment From VictryRos]
I don't think internet feeds go through a satellite link....
12:07
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Yup, i think NPR needs to increase its streaming capabilities in the future...
12:07
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
: yes
12:07
[Comment From P]
i don't think so.
12:08
Eleanor Kagan, NPR:  @Don - Yes, this archived show will available on nprmusic.org later.
12:08
[Comment From P]
Yes I can hear u laura, through the internet.
12:08
[Comment From laurababy]
:(
12:08
[Comment From Eddie W.]
Internet feeds don't go to outer space? Tell that to Kilgore Trout!! He's spreading LIES LIES LIES! :-)
12:08
[Comment From Don]
Thanks. Eleanor.
12:08
[Comment From laurababy]
hey don
12:08
[Comment From greg]
thankyou eleanor
12:09
[Comment From laurababy]
hey greg
12:09
[Comment From Don]
?
12:09
[Comment From greg]
hey
12:09
[Comment From P]
I give up trying to listen. I refreshed, and refreshed.
12:09
[Comment From Don]
Sorry to hear that, P
12:09
[Comment From laurababy]
bye peppy ! see you tomorrow in masterclass!
12:09
[Comment From LYM for Life.]
Mine's not working either, it was perfect up until it stopped.
12:09
[Comment From P]
oh its ok.
12:09
[Comment From P]
wait laura
12:09
[Comment From laurababy]
it's ok Don, she'll get over it.
12:10
[Comment From P]
i'm looking at the stars and stripes
12:10
[Comment From P]
it's easy... like quarter note easy!
12:10
[Comment From laurababy]
isn't it easy! we'll be able to pull it off
12:10
[Comment From greg]
thought i would be part of an historical moment... alas i must catch it later
12:10
[Comment From Eddie W.]
Thanks, NPR. It's been real. Talk to you on the archive.
12:10
[Comment From laurababy]
bye greg! ttyl
12:11
[Comment From P]
why is it weird... =[
12:11
[Comment From laurababy]
the piece?
12:11
[Comment From P]
ok bye everyone! This was a nice idea for NPR.
12:11
[Comment From P]
no the stars and stripes music
12:11
[Comment From P]
oh man i can hear it now!
12:11
[Comment From Don]
great!
12:11
[Comment From P]
i feel like Beethoven recovering from deaf!
12:11
[Comment From laurababy]
WOOO! just at the great part!
12:11
[Comment From Eddie W.]
You can hear it again??! Whoa, Nelly!!!
12:12
[Comment From P]
Woohoo
12:13
[Comment From laurababy]
peppy, don't all those syncopated chords kinda sound like ragtime jazz
12:13
[Comment From Karin Goebelsmann]
I cannot find tonight's concert
12:13
[Comment From gbrush]
Sure do -- Beethoven, as played by Scott Joplin!
12:14
[Comment From laurababy]
hahaha you're silly gbrush
12:14
[Comment From Don]
When I was learning this piece I freaked out at those rhythms - talk about being ahead of one's time!
12:15
[Comment From Gypsy Scholar]
me too
12:15
[Comment From P]
YES! i was about to say that it sounds jazzy, except i didn't wanna look ditzy.
12:15
[Comment From P]
Xp
12:16
[Comment From laurababy]
good thing i said it first! gah! Andras = godly
12:16
[Comment From P]
this part is so magical... i need to use the restroom but can't go away.
12:16
[Comment From Don]
lol
12:17
[Comment From Don]
u need one of those ipod speaker toilet paper holder gizmos . . . .
12:17
[Comment From laurababy]
that sounds gross Don. : /
12:18
[Comment From Don]
Real product. Seen them advertised.
12:19
[Comment From laurababy]
ewww. p.s. i feel like I'm cheating on Andras by not giving him my full attention and talking to you guys
12:19
[Comment From P]
have u seen the giant speakers that are shaped like an earphone?
12:19
[Comment From greg]
schiff, i believe holds reign with bach interpretation as well (goldberg etc)
12:19
[Comment From Don]
;-) yes
12:20
[Comment From P]
its true! i feel the same
12:20
[Comment From Guest]
yah
12:20
[Comment From Guest]
hey
12:20
[Comment From Guest]
wt up
12:20
[Comment From greg]
he's my favorite
12:20
[Comment From Guest]
don
12:21
[Comment From Don]
I'm a little torn over his interpretation. Very thoughtful, getting a huge amount of expression from this music.. But also maybe a little slow for me.
12:21
[Comment From Guest]
don
12:21
[Comment From Don]
Lacking intensity of excitement, not rhapsodic enough?
12:21
[Comment From Guest]
hello
12:21
[Comment From Don]
Guest
12:22
[Comment From Guest]
don say what
12:22
[Comment From Gypsy Scholar]
Isn't he criticized for being "overly intellectual?"
12:22
[Comment From Don]
?
12:22
[Comment From greg]
i've always been a bit confused with this sonata...preportions strange....
12:23
[Comment From Don]
Sometimes. I still want to buy the recordings - I love to hear different interpretations.
12:23
[Comment From laurababy]
you're one to talk Mr. gypsy Scholar
12:23
[Comment From greg]
is it not sensual as well?
12:23
[Comment From Don]
Could we say Schiff is the polar opposite of Schnabel?
12:23
[Comment From Don]
There - now the audience doesn't know it ended!!!!!1
12:23
[Comment From Don]
lol
12:23
[Comment From elef]
NPR - Thank you so much from Chicago. Reception was just fine on my computer. I'm glad there will be another chance to hear it.
12:24
[Comment From Jen]
Thank you, thank you, thank you for presenting this!!!!
12:24
[Comment From Don]
Yes, NPR and Andras Schiff, Thank you all.
12:24
[Comment From greg]
encore?
12:24
[Comment From P]
ENCORE!
12:24
[Comment From Don]
What, an encore - how about the Andante Favori?
12:24
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
Thanks Don
12:25
[Comment From Guest]
ENCORE!!!!!!
12:25
[Comment From P]
haha ya people didn't know it ended!
12:25
[Comment From Jen]
I couldn't go tonight, and was so sorry. I've attended each performance, and had to miss the last one!
12:25
[Comment From greg]
aria?
12:25
[Comment From Jen]
I hope you keep the feed going if he plays encores
12:25
Steve Coghill, KUSC:  

For those of you listening through the KUSC website - would you like to hear more such webcasts?

12:25
[Comment From Gypsy Scholar]
Thanks NPR. Very satisfying
12:25
[Comment From P]
YES
12:25
[Comment From Don]
Steve, Yes.
12:25
[Comment From Jen]
DEFINITELY
12:26
[Comment From Kilgore Trout]
Yes Steve this was great! Thanks
12:26
[Comment From greg]
yes absolutely
12:26
[Comment From elef]
Yes, Steve, absolutely
12:26
[Comment From gbrush]
Steve @ KUSC: Absolutely yes!!
12:26
[Comment From Don]
Steve, one reason I subscribe is because of the great web site sound.
12:26
[Comment From Mary]
I'd love to hear more. The sound coming through my system was absolutely magnificent.
12:26
[Comment From diana]
yes
12:26
[Comment From Don]
Sound stopped.
12:26
[Comment From Guest]
YES STEVE!
12:26
[Comment From P]
maybe you can make listener pick which performance to hear
12:26
[Comment From Ann]
Yes - couldn't drive in this time and am elated - almost as much as if I had been there
12:26
[Comment From Jen]
so glad you are archiving it!!!! It's always terrible when we miss a brilliant program and NPR doesn't archive it...
12:26
[Comment From laurababy]
I agree with P!
12:26
[Comment From P]
let listener vote on which performance to hear
12:27
[Comment From Don]
Ah well, I heard some.
12:27
[Comment From P]
specially PIANO performances
12:27
[Comment From Anne]
@Steve Yes, much more please, and thank you so much for this one
12:28
[Comment From Don]
Ah, guess it's over.
12:28
[Comment From laurababy]
good night everyone! loved talking to you all!
12:28
[Comment From Jen]
For instance, last night's interview with Andras....
12:28
[Comment From Abe]
Thanks NPR, Thankd KUSC
12:28
[Comment From Don]
Goodnight!
12:29
[Comment From greg]
last niye's interview? where?
12:29
[Comment From laurababy]
bye Don! love you!!
12:29
[Comment From Khasha]
Thans NPR, indeed!
12:30
[Comment From P]
bye everyone!
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