Classical Mass: Karl Lutchmayer

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by | Posted on 7th November 2013
Classical Mass: Karl Lutchmayer

Want to try something new on Sundays? Why not try ‘Classical Mass’ hosted by 20th Century Theatre: you’ll see some of the most talented classical musicians perform a selection of their favourite pieces.

Sunday 17th November will see Karl Lutchmayer perform his ‘Virtue and Virtuosity’ about which he writes: ‘Curiously, the words virtue and virtuosity come from the same Latin root virtus which signified qualities of valour and manliness. This recital explores Classical, Romantic and early 20th century ideas of pianistic virtuosity, from Haydn who was writing for the most technologically advanced instrument the world had ever known, via Romantic rivals Liszt and Alkan, to Ravel and Busoni, the latter of whom wryly noted that ‘to be more than a virtuoso, first one has to be a virtuoso!’

Lutchmayer is known not only as an exceptionally talented pianist, but also as a great academic and historian who loves exploring his art and engaging audiences through his subject matter: guests can certainly expect an educational, hands-on approach from Lutchmayer.

The programme will include Liszt’s Totentanz, Busoni’s Sonatina Seconda, Haydn’s Sonata in C Major ‘The English’ Hob. XVI:50, Alkan’s Fantasie for Left Hand Op.76 no.1, and Ravel’s Gaspard de La Nuit.

Guests will be served delicious Bloody Marys at the bar at 2.30pm, before the performance begins at 3pm. At around 5pm, Sunday roasts will be served at Paradise by Way of Kensal Green’s beautiful dining room, while guests enjoy some modern music performed by Gus Robertson. So if you’re looking for something a bit different to do on a wintery Sunday afternoon, Classical Mass is the perfect solution.

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