British pianist studied in England and St. Petersburg. He interrupted a successful career in 1990 for personal reasons, returning to Wigmore Hall in 2012 to great critical acclaim. LMMC debut.
Photo: Herbie Knott
CHRISTIAN BLACKSHAWMar. 19, 2017
The career of British pianist Christian Blackshaw is a most unusual one. Following studies at Royal Northern College of Music, the Royal Academy of Music, the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and private work with his pianistic hero, the legendary Clifford Curzon, Blackshaw embarked on the concert circuit only to abruptly stop in 1990, partly due to the death of his wife from cancer, but also because of a reluctance to continue performing at any level short of the Platonic ideal he had set himself. (“A perfectionist with a reverence for the composer that verges on the crippling,” is how one critic described him.) Blackshaw made a remarkable comeback just a few years ago, performing Mozart’s sonatas in London’s Wigmore Hall to tremendous critical acclaim. A supreme control of dynamics, great emotional depth, and a “singing soul” marked these performances. His recordings of this repertory have been described as “captivating,” “magical,” and “masterful.” The Guardian remarked that on the basis of the first two volumes, “if Blackshaw retired tomorrow he’d never be forgotten.” Volume 4 was named one of the Best Classical Recordings of 2015 in the New York Times. LMMC debut.

PROGRAMME:

MOZART         Sonata in B flat major, K. 333 (1778)
(1756-1791)           Allegro
                               Andante cantabile
                               Allegretto grazioso

SCHUMANN   Fantasiestücke, Opus 12 (1837)
(1810-1856)          Des Abends
                              Aufschwung
                              Warum?
                              Grillen
                              In der Nacht
                              Fabel
                              Traumes Wirren
                              Ende vom Lied

LISZT               Sonata in B minor, S. 178 (1853)
(1811-1886)          Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso -
                              Recitativo - Andante sostenuto - Quasi adagio -
                              Allegro energico - Stretta quasi presto - Presto -
                              Prestissimo - Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato -
                              Lento assai

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