Wednesday 14 November 1:05pm 2:00pm£5 – £15
Piano Explored – Haydn & Shostakovich
St John’s Smith Square
London Mozart Players
Piano and Director: Howard Shelley
Paul Archibald: Trumpet
HAYDN: Piano Concerto in D major, Hob XVIII:11
SHOSTAKOVICH: Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 35
The latest in LMP’s Piano Explored lunchtime series, this year with a twist! In their 70th anniversary season, musicians from LMP join Conductor Laureate and soloist Howard Shelley in works that feature multiple soloists.
Haydn’s exhilarating Piano Concerto in D is perhaps his most popular work for keyboard. A piece that comes nearest to Mozart in style, it ends with an exuberant Hungarian rondo finale that requires a virtuosic display from the pianist.
Shostakovich’s delightful concerto for Piano, Trumpet and strings combines wit, energy and lyricism in a mix of styles that the young composer had become known for. Full of light-hearted musical jokes parodying themes from Beethoven, Haydn and Mahler, this brilliant piece is also characterized by expressive melodies, with the dramatic alternating styles designed to show off Shostakovich’s skill as a pianist and delight performers and audience alike. Principal Trumpet Paul Archibald joins Howard Shelley in this humorous and musical tour de force.
Piano Explored is the perfect lunch break for Londoners, commuters, day-trippers and holiday-makers! In one whistle-stop hour, pianist/conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players whisk you through an exciting deconstruction of some of classical music’s most celebrated works.
Tickets cost £15 – student tickets only £5