Abbotsholme Arts Society

Next Concert:

  • Elisabeth Leonskaja

    November 15, 2018 7:30 pm
    • Schubert
      Sonata in E major D.459
    • Schoenberg:
      6 pieces, Op 19
    • Schubert
      Fantasy in C major (Wanderer), D.760
    • Webern:
      Variations, Op 27
    • Schubert:
      Sonata in B flat major, D.960

    For decades now, Elisabeth Leonskaja has been among the most celebrated pianists of our time. In a world dominated by the media, Elisabeth Leonskaja has remained true to herself and to her music, and in doing so, is following in the footsteps of the great Russian musicians of the Soviet era, such as David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels, who never wavered in their focus on the quintessence of music despite working in a very difficult political environment.

    Her almost legendary modesty still makes her somewhat media-shy today. Yet as soon as she walks out on the stage, audiences can sense the force behind the fact that music is and always has been her life’s work. Her collaboration with Richter, who was her mentor, as a piano duo partnership was legendary and today her interpretations of Schubert in particular reflect in some measure his mesmerising sense of spacious concentration. We are delighted that Miss Leonskaja will be performing and thereby add to Abbotsholme’s fifty-year line-up of distinguished pianists.

    “… perfect weight and balance, miraculous rhythmic articulation, the right sense of space and freedom, and the ability to see where a line or a movement is going” The