classical music

Gabriela Montero - Innocence and Experience

Part of International Piano Series

Inspired by William Blake, free-spirited pianist Gabriela Montero takes us from the purity of childhood to the bliss of love and the horror of war

Before they were married, Robert and Clara Schumann were forced to live apart, often in different cities, while Clara toured as a concert pianist.

Desperately missing Clara, Robert wrote her a collection of piano works titled Kinderszenen (Childhood Scenes), inspired by a comment she once made that he ‘seemed to her like a child.’

These crystalline images of childhood beauty are the recollections of an adult in love, full of charm and wistfulness but leaving in their wake a residue of depth and profundity.

Playing on the themes of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, the recital goes on to include jazz pianist Chick Corea’s Children’s Songs from 1984, intended ‘to convey simplicity as beauty… the spirit of a child.’

It also features Montero’s own characteristic improvisations, including her Memories from Childhood, described by the pianist as ‘five entirely improvised reflections of life growing up in Caracas, Venezuela.’

As a counterbalance to these reflections of carefree days, Montero plays a work born of harsh experience of illness and conflict.

Shostakovich wrote his Piano Sonata No.2 in 1942 while recovering from typhoid fever and witnessing the horrors of the Second World War. He intended it as a memorial to his former teacher, Leonid Nikolayev, whose funeral the composer had missed earlier that year.

The sonata is intense and inward-looking – a reminder of the inner strength needed to survive life’s trials and tragedies.

Performers

Gabriela Montero piano

Repertoire

Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15
Chick Corea: Selection from Children's Songs
Gabriela Montero: Scenes from Childhood
Interval
Shostakovich: Sonata No.2, Op.61
Gabriela Montero: Improvisations

Dates & times

13 May 2020
Approximate run time: 130 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£10 - £45
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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