Now in her seventies, she continues to cast a spell over audiences, especially in her interpretations of Beethoven. The experience and insight of decades living with this music gives a special nobility and profundity to her playing; and its sheer beauty makes her an ideal interpreter for the sublime ‘Emperor’ concerto.
In the first half Clemens Schuldt acknowledges Leonskaja’s heritage with two hugely popular symphonies by the greatest Soviet composers. The shenanigans and wit of Prokofiev’s ‘Classical’ contrast starkly with the intense tragedy unleashed by Shostakovich: powerful, moving stuff.
Kindly supported by Dunard Fund
PROKOFIEV Symphony No 1 ‘Classical’ (15’)
SHOSTAKOVICH arr. BARSHAI Chamber Symphony, Op 110a (24’)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No 5 ‘Emperor’ (38’)
CLEMENS SCHULDT - Conductor
ELISABETH LEONSKAJA – Piano