Robert Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15
Franz Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D.959
Robert Schumann: Etudes symphoniques, Op.13 vers. with Op.posth. variations
Rarely heard in concert for well over a decade, British pianist Christian Blackshaw - 'a musician's musician' (Pianist Magazine) - returns to the International Piano Series.
His recital opens with Schumann's exquisite depictions of childhood memories. It continues with Schubert's penultimate sonata, the A major D959, in which Romantic expansiveness contrasts with moments of profound introspection.
Finally there is Schumann's Etudes Symphoniques, an extended set of virtuoso variations involving a magnificent journey of character and contrast.
'His performances reveal all the old virtues - elegance, inwardness, delicacy of touch, poetry of feeling' (The Financial Times).
Christian Blackshaw piano