St John’s Smith Square is a unique concert venue: the only Baroque concert hall in the UK, historical, superb acoustic, beautiful interior and the convenience of its own cafe and restaurant in the crypt offering concert goers maximum convenience for the perfect evening out.
The virtuoso British pianist, Warren Mailley-Smith, presents the fifth of eleven concerts in his remarkable complete Chopin cycle in which he will perform all Chopin’s 200+ piano solo works, from memory. Glowing reviews: ” .. here is a very fine Chopin interpreter indeed .. formidable technique .. breathtaking command of dynamic gradations .. wholly exceptional .. This quite memorable recital was justly rewarded with a spontaneous standing ovation.” – Classical Source. ‘.. assured technique .. In Warren’s hands each (Etude)was a minor miracle, sensitively rendered and deftly delivered .. overall result was exceptionally engaging and intense.’ – The Cross-Eyed Pianist. ‘The embodiment of the modern Romantic Concert Pianist’ – Musical Opinion. ‘ .. intensely poetic: under his sensitive touch the music grew and ramified persuasively. The Mazurkas themselves emerged pristine: he caught the sweet artlessness and abrupt mood-changes to a T .. with grace and verve ‘ – Independent.
This outstanding pianist is a favourite with London audiences and venues alike. Warren has played for the British Royal Family on many occasions and has given acclaimed solo recitals at Carnegie and Wigmore Halls as well as performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
This concert features a stark contrast between the tranquillity and beauty of the Nocturne form with the drama and intensity of Chopin’s impassioned Sonata No. 2. The chronological thread of his mazurkas is continued from previous concerts and a variety of other notable works are included in this evening’s programme.
Pre-concert event at 18:30: to be announced.
Concert at 19:30 pm
Waltz No. 10 in B Minor, Op. 69, No. 2
Nocturne No. 9 in B, Op. 32, No. 1
Waltz No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Waltz No. 15 in E, Op. posth.
Nocturne op.27 (1835) No.1 in C# minor
Mazurka No. 21 in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 30, No. 4
Mazurka No. 22 in G-Sharp Minor, Op. 33, No. 1
Mazurka No. 23 in D, Op. 33, No. 2
Mazurka No. 24 in C, Op. 33, No. 3
Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor, Op. 33, No. 4
Waltz No. 11 in G-Flat, Op. 70, No. 1
Prelude in A-Flat, Op. Posth.
Nocturne No. 10 in A-Flat, Op. 32, No. 2
Waltz No. 16 in A-Flat, Op. posth.
Nocturne op.27 (1835) No.2 in Db
Sonata No.2 in Bb minor op.35 (1839)
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