Paul Badura-Skoda: The Legend of the Piano Concert Series No 2

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Paul Badura-Skoda: The Legend of the Piano Concert Series No 2

  • Sat 23 Apr 2016
  • 6:30PM
Imported 2310
Imported 2310

St James' Church

Sussex Gardens

Paddington W2 3UD



T 020 7262 9976


At 88 and still active on four continents, Paul Badura-Skoda is one of the giant pillar of the heritage of European pianism and truly deserves to be called The Legend of the piano. In every sense. He comes in direct line of Liszt - Czerny - Beethoven through his teacher Edwin Fischer who studied with Martin Krause. Edwin Fischer produced bevy of great pianists of today, not only Paul Badura-Skoda but famous names such as Alfred Brendel, Sequeira Costa, Daniel Barenboim, S'a Costa.

Badura-Skoda has worked frequently with Wilhelm Furtwängler and Herbert von Karajan; over his long career, he has recorded with conductors like Hans Knappertsbusch, Hermann Scherchen, and Georg Szell. Along with his contemporaries Friedrich Gulda and Jörg Demus, he was part of the so-called Viennese Troika.

He is best known for his performances of works by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, but has an extensive repertoire. Badura-Skoda is well known for his performances on historical instruments, and owns several (his recording of the complete piano sonatas of Schubert is on five instruments from his private collection). A prolific recording artist, Badura-Skoda's over 200 records include many 'duplicates' made to highlight the sound of different pianos: in a 2013 record, he recorded Schubert's last sonata three times on instruments from the 1820s, 1920s, and early 2000s (having already recorded the piece several times before); his box set of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven similarly includes three different versions of the Hammerklavier Sonata. Indeed, he is the only pianist to have not only recorded the complete piano sonatas of Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, but to have done so on both historic and modern instrument. He has produced a book on the interpretation of Beethoven's piano sonatas, edited one of the volumes of Mozart's piano concertos for the Neue Mozart-Ausgabe (Serie V/Werkgruppe 15/Band 5, consisting of K 453, 456, and 459) as well as books on the interpretation of the piano music of Mozart and the keyboard music of Bach, which have been translated into several languages. Badura-Skoda also collaborated with Frank Martin, who's work he has recorded and has included in the program.