Top mu­si­cian opens early mu­sic sea­son

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Saxon Shore Early Mu­sic Ke­nard­ing­ton (SSEMK) sees its third sea­son open­ing in style later this month with a recital by the UK’s lead­ing early key­board spe­cial­ist, the fortepi­anist Linda Ni­chol­son.

Since win­ning first prize at the first two in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions for the fortepi­ano in Bruges and Paris, she has gained an un­ri­valled in­ter­na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for her per­for­mances on the fortepi­ano, harp­si­chord and clavi­chord.

With an un­matched com­bi­na­tion of mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence and his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge of early key­board in­stru­ments, she has amassed one of the ma­jor Euro­pean col­lec­tions of key­board in­stru­ments rang­ing from the late 16th to the early 19th cen­turies.

The ben­e­fit of di­rect con­tact with th­ese orig­i­nal in­stru­ments has given her a unique insight into the par­tic­u­lar char­ac­ter­is­tics and tech­ni­cal idio­syn­cra­sies that each de­mands.

For her SSEMK recital – on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23 at 7.30pm – she will play a 1797 Vi­en­nese in­stru­ment by Jo­hann Schantz, who was Haydn’s favourite maker.

The pro­gramme en­ti­tled First & Last fea­tures land­mark key­board works by the three most in­flu­en­tial key­board com­posers of the late 18th century. Beethoven’s first key­board sonata was ded­i­cated to Haydn, whilst Mozart is rep­re­sented by his last sonata in D ma­jor, com­posed in 1789. For Haydn him­self, two works will be fea­tured, the emo­tive Fan­ta­sia in F mi­nor, writ­ten shortly af­ter the death of ar­guably his great­est love, Mar­i­anne von Gen­zinger, and his fi­nal sonata in Eb ma­jor, widely con­sid­ered his great­est.

The recital is in the re­cently re­stored me­dieval Church of St Mary, Ke­nard­ing­ton.

Book on­line at www.ssemk. org or by call­ing 01233 721242.

Fortepi­anist Linda Ni­chol­son

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