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Recital • András Schiff


ROBERT SCHUMANN Papillons, Op. 2 (piano solo)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY Children’s Corner, Petite Suite pour Piano seul (piano solo)

ROBERT SCHUMANN Papillons, Op. 2 (with puppets)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY La Boîte à joujoux, Ballet pour enfants (with puppets)


End of concert approx. 9:45 pm.

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András Schiff, Piano
Salzburger Marionettentheater
Thomas Reichert, Puppets, Sets and Direction (Papillons)
Eva Wiener, Wina
Philippe Brunner, Walt
Edouard Funck, Vult
Hinrich Horstkotte, Puppets, Sets and Direction (La Boîte à joujoux)
Ursula Winzer, The puppet
Edouard Funck, The Soldier
Philippe Brunner, Pulcinella
Eva Wiener, Pulcinella


Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler in Conversation with Sir András Schiff

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( 19 Feb 2016 ) Sir András Schiff will perform three concerts during the 2016 Festival summer. On August 1, 2016 he plays works by Franz Schubert, Mieczysław Weinberg and Johannes Brahms with the Jerusalem Quartet. On August 3, he dedicates himself to works by Robert Schumann and Claude Debussy, together with the Salzburg Marionette Theatre. And during the finale of the Salzburg Festival on August 31, 2016 he shares the stage at the Großes Festspielhaus with the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt. Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler met András Schiff for the following conversation.

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Motive Recitals, © Robert Mertens


Stiftung Mozarteum


Robert Schumann and Frédéric Chopin: piano works by these two composers of the romantic era form two interwoven leitmotifs in the series of solo recitals, joining programmes by pianists such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Maurizio Pollini, András Schiff, Grigory Sokolov and Arcadi Volodos. Chopin’s momentous Sonata in B-flat minor with its famous funeral march is as indispensable here as Papillons and Carnaval, Schumann’s increasingly enigmatic and allusive cycles of dance and character pieces. Double-entendres and winking innuendo also animate the supposed children’s pieces Children’s Corner and La Boîte à joujoux by Claude Debussy – especially when the enchanting Salzburg Marionette Theatre adds another dimension to András Schiff’s interpretation. In addition, Rudolf Buchbinder, whose curiosity is unflagging even as he celebrates his 70th birthday this year, illuminates the relationship between Haydn and Beethoven. Arcadi Volodos, on the other hand, follows the line from Schubert to Brahms further. When Chopin, however, was asked how he prepared for a concert, his answer was: ‘I lock myself in for fourteen days and play Bach.’ The music of the great Cantor of St. Thomas forms another focus – and also provides the connection with the Ouverture spirituelle. Directly under the cupola of the Kollegienkirche, surrounded by her audience, Isabelle Faust will perform his Partitas and Sonatas BWV 1001 to 1006: central, monumental works of violin literature resounding in the heart of this sacred space. And György Kurtág’s soulful, poetically tender arrangements of Bach chorales for four-hand piano, performed by Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa, strike the perfect balance between grandeur and intimacy.

Walter Weidringer

Translated by Alexa Nieschlag