Friday 18 June 2021

Chopin live - Warren Mailley-Smith performs the Twelve Études op.10 at the 1901 Arts Club

Chopin, daguerreotype by Bisson, c. 1849
Chopin, daguerreotype by Bisson, c. 1849
Pianist Warren Mailley-Smith was an early adopter of the live-streaming format with his recitals from the 1901 Arts Club and on 25 June 2021 Mailley-Smith returns to the venue for a pair of recitals featuring the music of Frédéric Chopin. 

The music of the Polish composer is dear to Mailley-Smith's heart and in 2016 he became the first British pianist to perform from memory the complete solo piano works of Chopin (233 pieces). On Friday 25 June, Mailley-Smith will be performing a programme of Chopin's solo piano music including three of the nocturnes and the Twelve Études op.10

As a performer, Chopin is known to have had quite an intimate performance technique and he eschewed the large-scale showy concert formats developed by Liszt, and Chopin said to his pupil Emilie von Gretsch that "concerts are never real music, you have to give up the idea of hearing in them all the most beautiful things of art." So, the 1901 Arts Club is the ideal venue in which to hear the composer's solo piano music, evoking a 19th century salon rather than a larger concert hall.

There are two performances of the programme, at 6.30pm and 9pm with a complimentary glass of champagne beforehand. Further details from the City Music Live website.    

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