John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Section 3: Classical

3.1 Irreproachable Idiosyncrasies—Vladimir Horowitz obituary, 1989

3.2 Straddling Worlds—Sergei Rachmaninov, 1993

3.3 Classical Briefs—Thibaudet, Serkin, Gilels, Pollini, and more

3.4 Ironic Mistakes—Vladimir Horowitz, 2003

3.5 Stick Dancing—Seiji Ozawa, 2003

3.6 Elitism for DummiesLeonard Bernstein, 2005

3.7 All-Consuming Yet Inscrutable—Rudolf Serkin, 2018

3.8 American SputnikWhen The World Stopped to Listen, 2017

3.9 Born-Again Brahms—András Schiff Plays Brahms On An 1859 Blüthner, 2021

3.9 Gigantor of ArtWagnerism, by Alex Ross, 2020

3.10 The Rock Critic’s Guide to Classical podcast, 2016

Born-Again Brahms

Copper Magazine, July 2021


THE INTREPID HUNGARIAN pianist András Schiff has pressed against received wisdom since indulging in Bach early on and rarely programming any Chopin (a cornerstone of any pianist’s repertoire). You can count his 1989 recording of the first Brahms concerto (with Georg Solti) as a solid if unremarkable release. But his Romantic impulses tilt more towards Schubert (his tempting sonata cycle on the London label), his emotional anchor soars with Beethoven (complete sonatas on ECM), and his modernism leaves off at Bartok. Schiff focused on Schumann long before much of Brahms…”