Few pianists truly deserve the epithet ‘great’ but Elisabeth Leonskaja is surely one of them. Now in her seventies, she continues to cast a spell over audiences, especially in her interpretations of Beethoven. The experience and insight of decades living with this music gives a special nobility and profundity to her playing; and its sheer beauty makes her an ideal interpreter for the sublime ‘Emperor’ concerto.
In the first half Clemens Schuldt acknowledges Leonskaja’s heritage with two hugely popular symphonies by the greatest Soviet composers. The shenanigans and wit of Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ contrast starkly with the intense tragedy unleashed by Shostakovich: powerful, moving stuff.
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In 2016/17 Clemens Schuldt will commence his position as Principal Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra, opening the season with Beethoven’s iconic Eroica Symphony. Winner of the renowned Donatella Flick Conducting Competition London in 2010, Clemens Schuldt is one of the most exciting young conductors emerging from Germany today.
For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music, and in doing so, is following in the footsteps of the great Russian musicians of the Soviet era, such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, who never wavered in their focus on the quintessence of music despite working in a very difficult political environment.