R STRAUSS Sextet from Capriccio
MOZART Piano Concerto No.9 in E-flat major ‘Jeunehomme’
BEETHOVEN (arr. strings) String Quartet in E-flat major, Op.127
Elisabeth Leonskaja Piano
Roman Simović Guest Leader
Elisabeth Leonskaja has a distinguished reputation as a pianist who interprets with warmth, sensitivity and formidable technical facility. Her profound performances of core repertoire and dedication to music’s heritage place her firmly in the tradition of Russian greats, such as her mentor Sviatoslav Richter.
Here Leonskaja plays Mozart’s Jeunehomme Piano Concerto, perhaps his first genuine masterpiece, a bold and elegant work that sparkles with wit and vigour, yet also evokes heartbreaking anguish with the first minor-key slow movement he ever composed.
Beethoven’s Op.127 quartet, the first of his late quartets, was written at the same time as his Ninth Symphony, and shares much of its sublime gravity, yet there’s delicacy and intimacy too in this transformative work. A perfect conclusion to an exquisite concert, guest directed by Roman Simović, concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra.