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LMP on Demand: Piano Explored – Saint-Saëns & Mendelssohn

Thursday April 15, 2021 at 13:05
Available online until
Tuesday August 17, 2021
St John's Smith Square, London
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  1. Concerto for piano and orchestra No 2 in G minor Op 22 - Camille Saint-Saëns
  2. Capriccio brillant for piano and orchestra in B minor Op 22 - Felix Mendelssohn

LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime concert series at St John’s Smith Square has become a firm favourite with concert-goers. In just one hour, virtuoso pianist Howard Shelley OBE gives a witty and insightful introduction to one or two famous and not-so-famous works for piano and orchestra, before performing them with LMP. And for 2021, these concerts are online!

The seventh season of Piano Explored, postponed from October 2020 to February 2021, opens with Saint-Saëns’ much-admired second piano concerto – 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. In this lunchtime concert, Saint-Saëns is paired with Mendelssohn’s charming one-movement Capriccio Brillant, which reveals the best in 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. Howard’s entertaining and informative introduction will be followed by a performance of both works by the LMP with Howard directing from the piano.

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

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