James Lisney plays Chopin and Beethoven
The Bradshaw Hall, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR
£15 (£7.50 - students/under 18s)
Photo © Suzie Maeder
James Lisney piano
Sonate, Op.35 (marche funèbre)
33 Verändungen uber einen Walzer von Anton Diabelli, Op.120 (1823)
James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives, such as his extensive Beethoven Project or the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies. He has held residencies at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London’s South Bank Centre and Carnegie Hall in New York and this season will be marking his sixtieth birthday with concerts throughout the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
"I have nothing but praise for James Lisney’s piano playing; he combines velvet touch and wide range of colour with complete understanding of phrasing and dynamic shading. This is someone who can really give the mechanical box of wires and wood a singing soul." – The Telegraph
"Lisney, likewise, made of these sonatas a phoenix, boundlessly expressing a glorious rebirth of Beethoven’s creativity, re-animating the very phrases of his musical processes in all their enchanting, mercurial, forceful, kaleidoscopic variety – brusque and blunt, longing and tender, ineffable and sublime. One felt that all emotions human-beings had ever felt were incomparably here – and, further, some that had been felt only by this extraordinary man and, maybe, just a few others.
Lisney gave us a journey of the soul". - The Classical Source
You can listen to an interview with James Lisney on the Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast via the Spotify app.
You can also read and interview with James on The Cross-eyed Pianist blog.