Friday, 20 April 2012

Heinrich Schiff to focus on conducting

Schiff has had shoulder problems for a couple of years and last month cancelled recital and concerto appearances in Germany, saying that his future plans were limited to conducting. Now the news out of Baden-Württemberg is that he is to end his cello-playing career altogether, though if the Vienna press doesn’t report it then don’t rule out a return. I’m yet to be convinced by his conducting but his qualities as a cellist are widely known, and I wouldn’t be without his Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Schnittke and Cerha recordings, to name but a few. Then there are the collaborations like this:

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