«Hommage A Heinrich Schiff»
|Johann Sebastian Bach||
Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011,
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV1007,
Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV1010.
|Ludwig van Beethoven||
Cello Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69,
Cello Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102 No. 2,
Once More I Hail Thee, WoO 152 No. 3,
The Morning Air Plays on my Face, WoO 152 No. 4,
Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61,
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67,
The Return to Ulster, WoO 152 No. 1,
The Parting Kiss,
Variations (12) on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano, Op. 66,
Good Night, WoO 155 No. 26.
Double Concerto for Violin & Cello in A minor, Op. 102,
Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114,
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99,
Cello Sonata No. 1 In E Minor, Op. 38,
Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8.
|Max Bruch||Kol Nidrei, Op. 47.|
|Anton Bruckner||Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'.|
|Claude Achille Debussy||Cello Sonata.|
Carnival Overture, Op. 92,
Rondo in G minor for cello & piano, Op. 94, B. 171,
Waldesruhe (Silent woods) for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5,
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104.
|Francesco Geminiani||Cello Sonata in A minor, Op. 5 No. 6.|
|Reinhold Glière||Waltz in A, Op. 48 No. 2.|
|Friedrich Gulda||Concerto for cello and windband.|
|Vinzenz Lachner||Sechs Deutsche Tanzweisen Opus 65: Cantabile Sechs Deutsche Tanzweisen Opus Sechs Deutsche Tanzweisen Op. 65.|
Musique Funébre (Funeral Music in memory of Béla Bartók),
Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'.
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||
Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C, K373,
Symphony No. 36 in C major, K425 'Linz',
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550.
Introduction & Variations on 'Dal tuo stellato soglio' from Rossini's 'Mosé in Egitto', MS23 (Op. 24),
Cantabile for violin & piano/guitar in D major, Op. 17, MS 109.
|Sergei Sergeievitch Prokofiev||
Music for Children, Op. 65 – March,
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 – excerpts.
|Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov||Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14.|
|Charles Camille Saint-Saëns||Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne (The Swan).|
|Helmut Schiff||Drei Duos für Violine und Violoncello, Op. 63.|
Cello Sonata No. 1,
|Franz Peter Schubert||Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'.|
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129,
Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70,
Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61,
Fantasiestücke, Op. 73 (Fantasy Pieces).
Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40,
Cello Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 126,
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107.
|Rudi Stephan||Music for Orchestra (1912).|
|Richard Strauss||Romance for cello & orchestra in F major, AV 75.|
|Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky||
Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 74 'Pathétique',
Valse sentimentale, Op. 51 No. 6.
|Henri Vieuxtemps||Cello Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 50.|
|Antonio Vivaldi||Cello Concerto in B minor, RV424.|
|Carl Maria von Weber||Oberon Overture.|
|Henryk Wieniawski||Scherzo-Tarantelle in G minor, Op. 16.|
|Bernd Alois Zimmermann||Cello Concerto.|
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), Ton Koopman (Harpsichord), Elisabeth Leonskaja (Piano), Friedrich Gulda (Piano), Till Fellner (Piano), Hartmut Höll (Piano), Christian Zacharias (Piano), Tzimon Barto (Piano), Gerhard Oppitz (Piano), Tabea Zimmermann (Viola), Gidon Kremer (Violin), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin).
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields – Iona Brown,
Wiener Philharmoniker – Christoph von Dohnányi,
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR – Sir Neville Marriner,
London Philharmonic Orchestra – Wolfgang Sawallisch,
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Wiener Philharmoniker – Heinrich Schiff.
The cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff celebrated his 65th birthday in November 2016. This Jubilee CD Box is being issued to document his concert career. A pupil of Navarra and Tobias Kühne, Schiff made his debut in 1971 in Vienna and London. He performed nearly all the essential cello repertoire of the last 300 years from B to Z – from Bach to B.A. Zimmermann – and conducted a repertoire of compositions ranging from the Baroque period to the 21st century.
He received the “Grand Prix du Disque” for his recording of the Bach Solo Suites and the two Shostakovich concertos, and the “Deutscher Schallplattenpreis” (German Recording Prize) for his recording of Brahms’s Double Concerto with Frank Peter Zimmermann.
The Stradivari cello “Mara” (1711) and Montagnana’s “Sleeping Beauty” (1739) are the wondrous instruments with which he mesmerised his listeners.
His performances of the Dvořák Concerto (Vienna Philharmonic under André Previn) and the Schumann Concerto (Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink) set new standards of excellence. Present-day composers – including Berio, Gulda, Cerha, Henze, Penderecki, Rihm, Zender and Schnittke – wrote works for him; he performed the new work Segue by Johannes Maria Staud at the 2006 Salzburg Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic under Barenboim; he also premiered Otto M. Zykan’s cello concerto Beethoven’s Cello with the Vienna Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.
His “stand-in” playing of Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto at the 1971 World Music Festival paved the way for his world career, as did his collaboration with Celibidache.
The stations of his soloistic activity with the most important orchestras of our time included concerts with the conductors Abbado, Chailly, von Dohnányi, Eschenbach, Gielen, Haitink, Harnoncourt, Jansons, Masur, Rattle, Salonen, Sawallisch, Sinopoli and Welser-Möst.
Although the cello was initially at the centre of his career, conducting became an increasingly central part of his life beginning in 1985, soon occupying an equally important position in his activities as a performing artist. As a conductor, Schiff held the position of music director with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Northern Sinfonia, the Musikkollegium Winterthur, in Copenhagen and with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He was also principle guest conductor with the Linz Bruckner Orchestra and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he was a frequent guest conductor of major orchestras in Europe and the USA.
Heinrich Schiff was born on 18 November 1951 in Gmunden, Upper Austria. His father, a composer and music teacher, was from Bratislava. His mother, also a musician, was the granddaughter of the musicologist Hugo Riemann. Heinrich Schiff died in Vienna on 23 December 2016. Thus this CD collection, originally planned for the occasion of his 65th birthday, has become his legacy.
Despite his “overfilled” everyday life due to performances, Heinrich Schiff never allowed his calling as a teacher to suffer on account of it. His pupils – he has taught in Basle, Cologne, Salzburg and now in Vienna – did not merely learn the high art of cello-playing from him: he prepared them, with warnings, for the well-oiled business of musical life, warning them against being too well-adjusted, a post-modern lack of orientation, artistic indifference and becoming “affable” in a slick, streamlined way. I always admired the way in which Heinrich Schiff, in his artistic dramaturgy and his choice of repertoire, went against the capitalist market-driven, profit-orientated economy, pursuing his path unerringly and without compromise. He was an exceptional musician in every sense – in his indefatigable curiosity and individuality, and in the polychromatic quality of his music-making. These qualities find beautiful expression in the present CD Box. The recordings of his interpretations in this CD collection are intended as a portrait of this artist’s personality, thus providing an electrifying reflection of the scale of his noble character and convictions.
Finally, a quote from Günter Pichler, First Violinist of the Alban Berg Quartet: “…he feels obliged to be true to the work, but has the ability to allow his own personality, his extraordinary vitality, virtuosity and a comprehensive imagination to flow into his interpretations in a most convincing and moving way.”