Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Fantasia in D minor, KV 397
Rondo in D major, KV 485
Adagio in B minor, KV 540
Three Pieces, D 946
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor, Op. 90
Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109
Performed by Christian Blackshaw (piano)
“The luminous tone Blackshaw draws from the keys is a wonder in itself...” says a review by the international newspaper Financial Times of a London concert by pianist Christian Blackshaw, MBE. An internationally acclaimed musician, one of the “most musical pianists of our time”, Blackshaw is the heir to two major performing schools – the British and the Russian. The pianist discovered the Russian school of piano at the Leningrad Conservatory as a student of Moisei Halfin, a teacher of such pianists as Grigory Sokolov and Pavel Gililov.
Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert – three composers, three cornerstones of Blackshaw’s repertoire, and it is works by them that the pianist will be presenting to audiences at the International Piano Festival. Sonatas by Beethoven, in which the pianist is inspired by the “worldly sensation of humanity”, and works by Schubert are things that the pianist plays a great deal and with unfailing success. It was Mozart’s music, however, that brought Blackshaw international acclaim. A series of discs with sonatas by the Viennese classic entered the list of fifty best recordings of works by Mozart according to Gramophone magazine, and as Britain’s The Spectator comments, this ensured Christian Blackshaw his place in the history of music. The pianist himself regards Mozart’s sonatas as engaging mini-operas, ironically referring to himself as “a failed singer”.