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András Schiff teaches Beethoven: The Late Piano Sonatas

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Sir András Schiff — Teacher, pianist

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András Schiff looks at Beethoven's three late Piano Sonatas, and explains with passion his interpretation of these exceptional works.

If the Hungarian pianist András Schiff is a source of national pride, it is notably because he received in 1996 the most presitgious cultural prize in Hungary, the Kossuth prize, personally handed by the President. A year later, he became laureate of the Léonie Sonning Music Award, and more recently he received the The Royal Academy of Music's Bach Prize. All his career long, the pianist has proven to be an outstanding performer.

Very familiar with Beethoven's work, he chronologically recorded in 2004 the 32 Piano Sonatas, with the help of the original manuscript scores, or very old editions. This very single attention paid to the composer's instructions allow genuine performances.

In this masterclass, the pianist focuses on Beethoven's last three sonatas, marking the end of the very famous 32 piano sonatas cycle.

The Masterclass Media Foundation Archives offer to students and music lovers around the world filmed masterclasses, given by the best talents, on the greatest works of the classical repertoire. Their primary purpose is to provide a valuable educational resource in order to perpetuate passion and knowledge from one generation to another.

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