In the first ten years of the Wimbledon International Music Festival we have enjoyed performances from some of the finest of keyboard masters; our patron Alfred Brendel, Nikolai Demidenko, Angela Hewitt, Tevor Pinnock, Paul Lewis, Sir András Schiff…
This year we welcome three more outstanding keyboard artists.
Imogen Cooper joins London Winds - Monday November 19
After trying for several years I was delighted when in a very busy schedule Imogen Cooper was able to find a time to team up with London Winds in a beguiling contest between Mozart and Beethoven.
Mozart considered his Quintet for Piano and Winds "the finest work I have composer in my life to date".
So entranced was he by Mozart’s work, the young Beethoven set himself the challenge of producing an even more glorious work for the same combination of instruments, with the same structure, and in the same key.
Internationally renowned for her virtuosity and lyricism, and regarded as one of the finest interpreters of Classical and Romantic repertoire, Imogen Cooper seems the perfect choice to perform this pair of works.
Afterward we might perhaps take a poll to see whether Beethoven succeeded - or Mozart wins the day. In my opinion - both are masterworks!
If you go to one harpsichord concert this year, you couldn’t make a more exciting choice than Mahan Esfahani. His programme combines scintillating dance suites by the two great French composers for the instrument with an exciting group of short pieces from the 20th century, a century not often associated with the harpsichord If you have never been to a live harpsichord recital, then discover a world of colour and enchantment - at the hands of one of the most brilliant harpsichord players of today.
Peter Donohoe has the distinction of being one of only four British musicians ever to win the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition in its sixty year history. His programme sets out on a thrilling journey, ontrasting Shostakovich with Bach Preludes and Fugues, progresses via one of Mozart’s most moving sonatas, to end up back in Russia as he joins the mighty Mussorgsky on a visit to ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.
Come, celebrate the art of the keyboard.