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Wednesday 2 December,1:05 pm

Live Concert: Piano Explored

Mendelssohn Capriccio Brillant in B minor, Op 22
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto 2 in G minor, Op. 22

London Mozart Players
Simon Blendis leader
Howard Shelley pian 

LMP’s Piano Explored 2020/21 season at St John’ Smith Square opens with the charming one-movement Capriccio Brillant, which reveals the best of Mendelssohn’s sophisticated pianistic art. The gentle melancholy of the Andante and the contrasting dizzying arpeggios, chromatic runs and octave leaps of the Allegro will allow Howard Shelley to demonstrate his virtuosic skills and profound musicality. In this lunchtime concert, Mendelssohn is paired with Saint-Saëns, whose much-admired second piano concerto is a tour de force for any pianist. By turns tempestuous, flighty and lyrical, this concerto breaks convention by having each succeeding movement faster than the last in a structured accelerando, ending with an exhilarating conclusion. Berlioz described Saint-Saëns as ‘an absolutely shattering master pianist’, and in Howard Shelley we have our own master at work. Join the LMP and Howard Shelley for ‘the best lunch-hour in town’ (International Piano).

‘[An] aristocratic command of the glittering keyboard pyrotechnics.’ Daily Telegraph

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St John's Smith Square