Monday 23 November 2015

More than just a piano recital - Chopin's mazurkas at St John's Smith Square

Warren Mailley-Smith - © Ben Ealovega
Warren Mailley-Smith - © Ben Ealovega
The pianist Warren Mailley-Smith is currently performing all of Chopin's works for solo piano in a concert series at St John's Smith Square, a total of 11 recitals in all. For his recital on 27 November 2015 he has invited the Mazury Dance Company to join him.

The programme for this recital includes the Mazurkas No 11, 12, 13,14 and 15; the Waltz No 14 in E minor and the Polonaise in B flat, in addition to the rarely performed Sonata No. 1 and Twelve Etudes Opus 25.

To give Chopin's reworking of the traditional Polish dance-rhythms some context, the Mazury Dance Company will perform Mazur Straszny Dwor (the Mazur from the opera, The Haunted Manor by Stanislaw Moniuszko) immediately before the recital. The company is London-based, founded at the Polish YMCA in 1949 and they celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2014 with a tour to Poland.

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