Christian Blackshaw has begun his
Mozart piano sonata Marathon in London,
and BILL NEWMAN was in the audience
A complete stranger said to me concerning an artist who placed the composer first and his own performance second: 'Thank God for humility: I thought it had vanished from today's world!' Not quite: the speed merchants and instrument spoilers tend to drop out, after a while, but sincerity generally enjoys the upper hand. I reminded Christian Blackshaw of this, in the green room at London's Wigmore Hall after his evening recital on 6 January 2012. Apart from outstanding events I attended some while back, including Schumann's Fantasia in C (Wigmore Hall) and the Liszt B minor Sonata (Queen Elizabeth Hall), Blackshaw has since performed the complete Mozart sonatas in Bristol, returned to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and is about to make his first appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic, and in Tokyo...
Copyright © 8 January 2012 Bill Newman,