Is it just me or have some of the great pianists (Ax, Schiff) over-analyzed the music of Beethoven and other composers? I am listening to the BBC lectures that Schiff recorded on all of the Beethoven Sonatas, and while he plays the correct keys, I think he is light on passion. The music has become sterile after so much analysis (he is to be commended on his research nonetheless). The historical information he imparts to the students is invaluable, but somehow the music has "died". I started to review Emmanuel Ax's Master Class on one of these pieces, and it seems he is micromanaging the performer. The nuances he asks the pianist to perform are scarcely noticeable, even by a trained ear. Am I alone in this conclusion? If I am correct, Schiff, at the least, does Beethoven a disservice in that his passion (even his forte) seems cool to me, and doesn't represent the composer in the way intended. Thanks for your opinions. :?