After a hiatus in 2020, we once again asked our reviewers and readers to vote for the Australian and International Artists of the Year. We are thrilled to announce our 2021 winners.
Early music wins the laurels this month, from Jordi Savall’s medieval fiddle to David Skinner’s William Byrd and a trifecta of Handelian delights.
Everything old is new again as Schiff’s period instrument Brahms proves a revelation.
It may not be a memoir, but boy does András Schiff have plenty to say.
The pianist, whose Schubert album has won Limelight's Recording of the Year 2019, tells us about the most terrifying piece of music he knows.
Schiff reborn guarantees revelations aplenty.
A sublime concert in which the piano virtuoso told us about silence, and how to listen.
A rare but supremely rewarding opportunity to be in the presence of musical royalty.
One of the foremost interpreters of Bach, the Hungarian-born, English pianist tells us about his favourite composer, what counts as interpretation, and studying with the fierce Ferenc Rados.
Jonathan Holloway's line-up includes 16th-century polyphony, virtual reality crossed with live performance, a dance-opera, and toy plastic pianos.
Avi Avital, Ray Chen, Joyce Yang and András Schiff are all on the menu in next year’s season.
The Alpine festival has assembled what could be the finest line-up of artists in 2015.
Here are two exceptional reissues. The Brahms consists of 1980s recordings featuring András Schiff with the Takács Quartet in the F Minor Piano Quintet, and with Viennese colleagues in the Horn and Clarinet Trios. VPO principal clarinetist Peter Schmidl is heard in the Clarinet Quintet. If that weren’t enough, Schiff plays the four-hand Variations on a Theme of Schumann, joined by no less a partner than Georg Solti. This fine collection covers works from all periods of Brahms’s life, but is especially recommendable for the autumnal late works. An interesting comparison may be made with the heart-on-sleeve Clarinet Quintet played by a Viennese ensemble of an earlier era, in the massive but treasurable Westminster Chamber Music collection. Fascinating generational differences. The ASMF disc restores Argo recordings from 1968 when Neville Marriner still played violin with the ensemble. Boccherini’s late quintet (one of over a hundred of the composer’s works in this form) is typically gentle and mellifluous, while Mendelssohn’s Octet is a recognised masterpiece. Both are very well played, though I think the Academy’s English good manners suit Boccherini better.