Conducting the London Mozart Players from the keyboard during these three inter-linked concerts, Howard will take us chronologically through the concertos, presenting each with a personal introduction illustrating how Beethoven gave the piano an ever-increasing dramatic and heroic power, even as, in his personal life he moved from exuberant vigour to silent isolation.
In addition to Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday, 2020 also sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, and when the London Mozart Players suggested the idea of a special celebration to Howard (who has given hundreds of performances with them over 45 years and is their Conductor Laureate) he decided that the joy and challenge of performing these five masterpieces in one sweep would be the most thrilling and indulgent 70th birthday present anyone could wish for.
Beethoven 2nd Piano Concerto
(which was written first)
Beethoven 1st Piano Concerto
45 min break
Beethoven 3rd Piano Concerto
Beethoven 4th Piano Concerto
1 hour break
Beethoven 5th Piano Concerto ‘Emperor’
Book one concert: £20* | Book two concerts (any combination): £32* | Book all three: £45*
(*booking fee may apply).
‘Deeply satisfying performances, expressively modulated and beautifully recorded…Throughout, Shelley is a master of the notes, free from indulgence and mannerism, but always with spring, sparkle, shape and significance.’
Described by International Record Review as offering ‘performances that are vital, deeply considered and immensely satisfying’
‘The benefits of directing from the keyboard are evident both in the intimacy and the immediacy…There’s gentleness but also steel to Shelley’s approach, the drama arising from the notes themselves’
Gramophone (Critic’s Choice & Editor’s Choice)
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