RNCM Concert Hall, 19 November 2013
A concert deserving of all possible superlatives.
Schiff became Bach for an hour and a half or so, giving a perfect recital of book one of The Well-tempered Clavier. His focus and feel never wavered. The music pure and abstract yet not at all dry, evoking joy and sometimes profound emotion. Rapturous applause followed. For an encore, he gave us the Moonlight Sonata. Further rapturous applause, naturally.
At the end, after some mild kerfuffle, Schiff received the fellowship of the RNCM: an honour to add to his many others. All fully deserved; he’s a great artist. Envy those who will attend his concerts in London later this year.
Details of the Wigmore Hall concerts can be found here.