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    Isata Kanneh-Mason: Southbank Centre Debut

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    Thu 2 Dec 2021, 7.30pm
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Classical music
    £10 ⁠–⁠ £45
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    Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason sitting next to a grand piano.
    Robin Clewley

    Isata Kanneh-Mason brings her intuitive and charismatic musicianship to piano works crossing styles, centuries and states of mind.

    Rachmaninov spawned a new genre in his Etudes-tableaux, ‘picture studies’ that unite the composer’s extreme virtuosity and fantastic imagination.

    His hypnotic, twisting melodies weave their way through these pieces, first performed days before the Russian Empire collapsed.

    Sofia Gubaidulina looked back over a hundred years to create her Chaconne, a baroque toccata and fugue seen through 1960s Soviet spectacles – conflict and exhaustion included.

    Kanneh-Mason's recital includes Beethoven’s first piano sonata and Mozart’s best. Both reference the then fashionable ‘Mannheim rocket’, a sudden, thrilling surge of ascendant musical power.

    A similar musical tornado tears through the drama-in-miniature that is Chopin’s Ballade No.2.

    The recital’s piece de resistance comes from Gershwin – little piano preludes in which classical forms are seduced by Latin rhythms, bluesy lullabies and toe-tapping dances.

    ‘A pianist who makes lines sing beautifully and virtuosic passages dance.’ 

    BBC Music Magazine
    Performers
    • Isata Kanneh-Mason piano
    Repertoire
    • Mozart: Sonata in C minor, K.457
    • Chopin: Ballade No.2 in F, Op.38
    • Sofia Gubaidulina: Chaconne
    • Interval
    • Rachmaninov: Etudes-tableaux, Op.39: No.1 in C minor; No.2 in A minor; No.4 in B minor; No.5 in E flat minor; No.6 in A minor
    • Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op.2 No.1
    • Gershwin: 3 Preludes

    Dates & times

    Thu 2 Dec 2021, 7.30pm
    Approximate run time: 120 mins.
    Run times may vary by up to 20 minutes as they can be affected by last-minute programme changes, intervals and encores.

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