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Christian Blackshaw – piano

Sunday, July 15, 2018 | 19:30 EDT

$10 – $70

Air conditioned! / Climatisé!

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A deeply passionate and sensitive performer, Christian Blackshaw is celebrated for the incomparable musicianship of his performances. His playing combines tremendous emotional depth with great understanding and, in the words of one London critic, “sheer musicality and humanity”. Pianist magazine, reviewing his performance of Schubert’s great B Flat Sonata D.960 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall wrote that the work “has become the calling card of many a pianist wishing to declare themselves a musician’s musician and Blackshaw most certainly belongs to this category”.

Christian Blackshaw has performed with many leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, BBC Symphony, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Rotterdam Philharmonic and RAI Torino. Conductors with whom he has collaborated include Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Gianandrea Noseda, Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Neville Marriner.


Schubert – Moments Musicaux, D.780

Schubert – Sonata in A minor / Sonate en la mineur, D.784

Schumann – Fantasie in C major / en do majeur , opus 17


BBC: Christian Blackshaw plays Schubert


Le Devoir: L’autre visage de Christian Blackshaw


What the critics are saying about Christian Blackshaw…

This last release of Mr. Blackshaw’s Mozart cycle, recorded live, is another welcome demonstration of his immaculate tone, delicate way with pacing and exquisite taste in articulation. In four sonatas taken from across the composer’s life, there is never a note of hurry or haste, and nothing that fails to enchant.

David Allen, The New York Times

The Best Classical Music Recordings of 2015

But permit me to join the chorus of acclaim for his elegance of phrasing, limpid tone quality (captured in a demonstration-quality recording), tastefulness of nuance and ornamentation, and imaginative response to harmony and character. Perfection – or something very close to it – is in the service of freedom.

David Fanning, Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

It’s worth recalling that Clifford Curzon, greatest of British pianists, was Blackshaw’s most significant mentor; and that for all their individual differences, which become clear when one listens to Curzon’s somewhat more mercurial, tonally multifaceted live K457 (1974, from Salzburg, on Orfeo) side by side with Blackshaw’s, the very act of comparison helps confirm the latter as one of today’s most completely accomplished keyboard musicians.

Max Loppert, BBC Music Magazine, August 2015

Un géant sort de l’omnbre

Un pianiste de 64 ans « révélation de l’année » ? Cela peut paraître étrange, mais c’est ainsi. …

Reconnaissons à quelques médias anglais, notamment le Financial Times en 2009, le mérite d’avoir débusqué la perle rare dans un bois du Suffolk dans lequel une minuscule cabane abrite son piano et de longues heures de travail.

Ceux qui, hors de Grande-Bretagne, se sont rendu compte de l’envergure de cet artiste se comptent sur les doigts d’une main. Parmi eux, Valery Gergiev, qui a fait revenir Blackshaw à Saint-Pétersbourg, la direction du Philharmonique de Berlin, qui lui a ouvert sa salle pour un retour sur scène en 2011, et le très perspicace Goh Yew Lin, président du conseil d’administration de l’Orchestre de Singapour, présent à Berlin ce soir-là.

Christophe Huss, Le Devoir, 23 novembre 2013

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Sunday, July 15, 2018
$10 – $70


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