Piano Explored – Starts tomorrow!

We’re gearing up for the first concert in our brand new Piano Explored 2018/19 lunchtime  series – starting tomorrow at St John’s Smith Square.

For our 70th anniversary season, during this series of Piano Explored musicians from the orchestra will join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley centre stage, to perform double and triple concerti alongside him at the piano. Tomorrow’s concert will feature a performance of Beethoven’s Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano – a work of great beauty and ingenuity that combines lyricism with the scale of a grand concerto.

About the Concerto

Howard Shelley discusses Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Ruth Rogers (violin) and Sebastian Comberti (cello).

Sebastian Comberti, Principal cellist with LMP gives an introduction to the piece

Beethoven’s genius for composition is on display in this piece of music – the only concerto Beethoven completed for more than one solo instrument. The potential balance problem of the piano (being the largest instrument) overpowering this ensemble – particularly the cello (being the lowest in pitch) is overcome by Beethoven’s solution of giving the piano a lighter part and awarding the cello the starring role, using its powerful top register. The result is a work of great beauty and ingenuity that combines lyricism with the scale of a grand concerto. Leader Ruth Rogers and Principal Cellist Sebastian Comberti join Howard Shelley in Beethoven’s somewhat underrated work which is usually seen as the ‘younger sibling’ of his more imposing works written about the same time – Fidelio, the Fourth Piano Concerto, the Violin Concerto, and the Fourth Symphony.

Don’t miss out on tickets…

Wednesday 17th October, 1.05pm

Beethoven | Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major Op. 56 (‘Triple Concerto’)

St John’s Smith Square

Tickets: £15 | £5 for students

Tickets will be available on the door, or alternatively you can book them through the St John’s Smith Square online box office.