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Dave Billinge
MusicWeb International, October 2016

The Cappella consists of top orchestral and chamber players, who have opted to work regularly with Schiff, …They have been with Schiff for almost 20 years and it shows; they are ‘with’ him in the same way that the Lucerne Festival Orchestra was ‘with’ Abbado. The eye contact, the smiles of satisfaction, on video this is all on display, plus that they all enjoy his music-making. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Threasher
Gramophone, September 2016

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 1 / SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 5 / MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 22 (A. Schiff) (NTSC) 736508
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 1 / SCHUBERT, F.: Symphony No. 5 / MOZART, W.A.: Piano Concerto No. 22 (A. Schiff) (Blu-ray, HD) 736604

It’s not entirely accurate to say that Schiff directs the concertos from the keyboard: at the openings and whenever he has more than a few bars’ rest, he jumps up to shape the music by hand. Not that he doesn’t direct from the keyboard too: there’s a delicious moment in the Beethoven when he turns to the woodwind and tootles an imaginary pipe at them. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Alex Baran
The WholeNote, August 2016

A wonderful compilation of performances…

Recorded at the Mozarteum, these performances are extraordinary and produced to the highest standards. Camera shots of performers including Schiff himself are creative yet unobtrusive. Audio is perfect. The hall is glorious and the playing, well, it’s just divine.

The orchestra never sounds less than perfectly balanced and capable of musical gestures from the most intimate to the majestic. Schiff conducts, sometimes from the keyboard. His instrument is a Bechstein concert grand that responds in the most subtle ways to his pianissimo touch, yet naturally has the power to fill the hall. © 2016 The WholeNote Read complete review

Robert Benson, August 2016

Elegant playing here in these sparkling performances, with the charming Schubert symphony in between. Beautiful video and audio. Excellent issue! © 2016 Read complete review

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2016

Sensitively supported by the rich and supple tone of the strings, Schiff’s pianistic virtuosity explores the length and breadth of Beethoven’s early work, from the opulent to the playful, with a palpable delight rarely found in such measure in a pianist, …Schiff demonstrates his skill in pianistic interpretation and in conducting, nuanced, passionate, a sensitive revelation. © 2016 My Classical Notes Read complete review

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