Wednesday, 17 February 2021

From Mozart and Mendelssohn to Hummel and Moscheles: Piano Explored - online

Piano Explored, London Mozart Players' annual series of montly lunchtime concerts with pianist Howard Shelley is going on-line this year. The performances are planned to be monthly from February (with two in April), performed in a socially distanced manner without audience (until audiences are permitted). For each an hour-long programme, Shelley gives an entertaining and insightful introduction to one or two famous or not-so-famous works for piano and orchestra, before performing them with the London Mozart Players.

The music this year includes familiar works by Mozart, Saint-Saens, and Shostakovich along with less familiar concertos by Mendelssohn (his Capriccio Brillant in B minor which was premiered in London in 1832), Johann Nepomuk Hummel (who had lessons from Mozart and was a friend of Beethoven's), and Ignaz Moscheles (another friend of Beethoven's, who created the piano score of Fidelio, and was also a close friend of Mendelssohn's). 

The season launches with the first concert (Saint-Saens and Mendelssohn) at 1.05pm, Thursday 18 February 2021, full details from the London Mozart Player's website.

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