Whenever you get the chance to hear the dazzlingly perfect Andras Schiff, whose delicate touch, technical wizardry and otherworldly tone is enough to give you goose bumps, take it. The Hungarian-born British pianist has, in the past, been known for his superb take on Bach, succeeding — some say surpassing — Glenn Gould as the reigning interpreter of the monumental Goldberg Variations. And a few years back, Schiff took on the daunting challenge that only the courageous few of the keyboard world dare to attempt: the complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle. This week, Schiff is cycling again as he kicks off a multiseason Bach cycle with Book I of what is considered the most influential work in all of Western classical music: the Well-Tempered Clavier. This two-part collection of solo keyboard preludes and fugues, in all 24 major and minor keys, was modestly intended by Bach “for the profit and use of musical youth desirous of learning.” With its fiendishly difficult rhythms and harmonies, however, it’s anything but a student manual. As Andras Schiff will demonstrate. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Wed., Oct. 17, 8 p.m.; $55-$106. (323) 850-2000, laphil.org.
Wed., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., 2012
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