classical music

Federico Colli: Mavericks and Philosophers

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

After a dazzling Southbank Centre debut in 2014, the Italian pianist presents a recital taking in five of his most beloved composers.

The evening takes in music of delight, devotion and resistance written by rule-breakers.

Nobody knows much about Domenico Scarlatti, but the attention-grabbing brilliance of his weird and wonderful piano sonatas speaks for itself. As on his recent recording of the composer’s works, Colli brings crispness and flair to Scarlatti like few others.

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata is the composer’s best known piano sonata, famous for the nocturnal singing of its slow movement but also offering music of all-conquering force.

There is intense drama in Mozart’s Fantasia in C minor, a piano work that seems as suited to the opera house as the recital stage, drenched in despair and stalked by fear.

Dmitri Shostakovich felt similar emotions in Soviet Russia, where he lived in constant fear of arrest by authorities who disapproved of his art.

His rarely performed Sonata No.2 was written during WWII and is an important landmark in Shostakovich's individual style.

From the mighty conclusion to Shostakovich’s work, Colli turns to Bach’s Chaconne, arranged for piano by Ferruccio Busoni, is a life-affirming journey through multiple examinations of a single melody – music that reaches into the soul.

He has not only an epic technique but boundless imagination
Gramophone

Performers

Federico Colli piano

Repertoire

D Scarlatti: Sonata in B minor, Kk.87
Mozart: Fantasia in C minor, K.475
D Scarlatti: Sonata in C, Kk.95
Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Quasi una fantasia - Moonlight)
Interval
Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No.2 in B minor, Op.61
JS Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004 arr. Busoni for piano

Dates & times

27 Apr 2021
Approximate run time: 115 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£10 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Ticketing
Book 3 to 4 events in the International Piano Series and save 10% on tickets, or book 5 or more events and save 20%. This discount is not available on Premium seats and only applies to multiple concerts bought in the same series, not across two or more series.

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