Schubert Festival: Christian Blackshaw
Christian Blackshaw piano
Mozart Piano Sonata in C minor, K457
Schumann Fantasy in C, Op.17
Schubert Piano Sonata in D, D850
Christian Blackshaw studied with Gordon Green, Moisei Halfin and Sir Clifford Curzon. Tonight he plays the music of those composers closest to his heart.
“Combining near-contradictory qualities, simplicity and sophistication, searching concentration and relaxed ease of unfolding, in a manner that so many top performers exploring this repertory simply fail to discover, let alone realise.”
BBC Music Magazine on his Mozart Piano Sonata
"From impossible delicacy to raw passion: the pianist's Schubert recital was hypnotic.”
The Financial Times
Birmingham Conservatoire presents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the music of one of the greatest musical figures in history.
With some five concerts each day, students and staff explore the diverse richness of Schubert’s music including well known chamber music favourites such as the Trout Quintet, Death and the Maiden, Rosamunde and Octet in F major as well as piano trios, string quartets and many rarities.
Music for the piano (for both two and four hands!) permeates the week, the acclaimed Schubert interpreter Christian Blackshaw (see over) joins us to give a recital and the late Piano Sonatas are performed in three 'late night' concerts.
Schubert’s glorious vocal music is presented by students in a Liederabend as well as performances of his two song cycles Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, which brings this remarkable week to a fitting close.
Photo © Herbie Knott