Wednesday 4 December 1:05am 1:05pm£16
Piano Explored – Cramer
St John’s Smith Square
Howard Shelley – piano
London Mozart Players
Cramer Piano Concert No. 4 in C Op. 38
To celebrate Conductor Laureate Howard Shelley’s 70th birthday, the 2019/20 London Mozart Players’ Piano Explored lunchtime series will feature a selection of Howard’s favourite piano concertos, including this gem by Johann Cramer which has all the delights of an early Christmas present! Howard’s illuminating deconstructions will accompany a performance by the London Mozart Players alongside Howard at the piano. These popular lunchtime concerts are as fun as they are enjoyable!
Cramer, a renowned pianist, was greatly admired by Beethoven and considered his equal if not his superior in technical perfection. Also a prolific composer, Cramer’s works contain complex embellishments that showed off his prodigious talent and his Piano Concerto No. 4 demonstrates this perfectly, with its unusual cadenza in the final movement to which Howard Shelley, a leading exponent of the underrated Cramer, will bring all his dazzling, virtuosic brilliance. This ambitious finale follows two contrasting movements: the first poised and Mozartian, the second deliciously lyrical. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Cramer’s exciting work, played by a master of the keyboard.