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Schiff shows his hand at Variations; REVIEW.

Byline: DIANE PARKES

Andras Schiff BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL ONE of the benefits of musical variations is that they are just so varied - and that came through strongly in this concert by Hungarian pianist Andras Schiff.

A packed programme featured pieces from Mozart, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Schumann and Beethoven, taking in a range of styles and tones. So one moment we were dancing along in the light-hearted phrases of Mozart and the next we were languishing in the calm gentleness of Schumann's Ghost Variations. Pride of place went to Beethoven whose 33 Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli take in every emotion and give a pianist plenty of scope to show their skill and their playfulness.

Those who left immediately at the applause missed Schiff's return to the piano for more Beethoven in an encore of more than 15 minutes.

VERDICT: DIANE PARKES
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Date:Nov 17, 2011
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