A poetic 70th-birthday recital from Christian Blackshaw at the Wigmore Hall, plus the best of January 2019's classical concerts

A symphony orchestra


Christian Blackshaw, Wigmore Hall  ★★★★☆

Christian Blackshaw is one of those pianists who’s ripened slowly, away from the limelight. He doesn’t delve into unusual repertoire, or champion daring modern music. It’s the familiar repertoire of piano masterworks from Mozart to the Romantics that fire his imagination, and which he’s been working on incessantly for over half a century.

His devotion has earned the most apt reward: a public that is as loyal to him as he is to the music he loves. His admirers were out in force at the Wigmore Hall last night, to hear him play a recital to mark his 70th birthday. There were no fripperies, apart from some amusingly skittish moments in Humoreske, Schumann’s...

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