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    Thumbs up Andras Schiff Beethoven Lecture Series

    Are there fans here of the Andras Schiff lecture series which accompanied his concerts of all 32 sonatas a few years ago?

    Not only do I appreciate his insights, his gentle manner, his strong opinions unapologetically expressed, but his accented voice is so easy to listen to. He often treats you to full sections of a movement.

    I discovered them a few summers ago, and spent hours in the car listening to tapes of them. Then I put them on my iPod and spent hours at the gym working out to them.

    Here is the link from the Guardian newspaper:
    http://music.guardian.co.uk/classica...943867,00.html

    Enjoy!http://music.guardian.co.uk/classica...943867,00,html
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    Yeah! Schiff ftw!
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    On certain Beethoven sonatas he is absolutely great and one of the best.

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    Rats, the link doesn't work for me. I'd like to hear them. When they first appeared, I was too busy to listen.

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    These lectures are really incredible. I wish there were more podcast-type lectures about specific pieces on the internet. They are extremely valuable.

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    http://music.guardian.co.uk/classica...943867,00.html

    Here's a link that will hopefully work.

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    I've listened to about half a dozen of them over the past few weeks. They're quite good, and sometimes amusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    http://music.guardian.co.uk/classica...943867,00.html

    Here's a link that will hopefully work.
    There it is! Thanks.

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    Are there any other podcast/lectures that others have found interesting? I love ones where the speaker takes you through the structure of a piece. Schiff has a series on Haydn pieces as well, although the editing was weird, and there were moments when the lecture looped back onto itself.

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    Thanks for bringing these up. I listened to Part I a couple of years ago, and never made it back. AS far exceeded my expectation.

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    I listened to a few last summer. I discovered them because one was linked on the wikipedia page about the Op. 81a, and I found the lecture to be good food for thought in the early stages of my research on that sonata. (I'm now writing a big analysis paper on it.) He addresses concepts in a way that is easy for the average CM listener to understand without being too watered down. I wouldn't have minded a bit more theory (I like that stuff), but he's catering to his audience, I suppose.
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    I have not been able to take him seriously since he said "you could take half the notes out of Liszt and Rachmaninoff and it would not make a difference." Okay these are very useful lectures, but still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisztian View Post
    I have not been able to take him seriously since he said "you could take half the notes out of Liszt and Rachmaninoff and it would not make a difference." Okay these are very useful lectures, but still.
    Which one did he say that one in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by violadude View Post
    Which one did he say that one in?
    He didn't say it one of these lectures, but has said that a few times elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisztian View Post
    He didn't say it one of these lectures, but has said that a few times elsewhere.
    Oh, ya I generally really love these lectures on Beethoven's piano sonatas, but he did say a few things that I didn't agree with.

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