Wednesday 26 April 2023
Mozart Explored: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor
Our lunchtime series with pianist Howard Shelley is back and better than ever. This year, we’re turning our attention to the (17)80s classics when Mozart was at the top of his game in Vienna, composing reams of piano concertos for the finest instrumentalists of the day. Make the most of your lunch-hour with a Viennese whirlwind of music and insightful introductions as Howard plays 6 of these concertos in St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge.
Darker, moodier and more brooding than the Mozart we’re familiar with, the Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor was one of only two minor concertos he ever wrote. And yet this was what so many of Mozart’s successors loved about it. In the years after Mozart’s death in 1791, popular tastes changed. With the rise of Romanticism, people wanted music to be emotional, tense and sublime. Much of Mozart’s lighter and more playful music suffered from neglect, but this proto-Romantic concerto never went out of style. It had fans in Beethoven, Brahms and Clara Schumann—and you don’t get more legendary than that.
Since you’ll be in the area, why not pre-book lunch at the Alfred Tennyson pub and restaurant which is just three minutes away? They’ll offer you a free drink (wine, Prosecco or beer) with a pre-booked meal, as long as you show proof of ticket purchase.
If you are a student, then you can get our ‘Education’ tickets for £10. Please bring suitable ID with you on the day to show at the door. All tickets can be bought on the door as well, as well as over the phone and online.