Leon McCawley (piano)

Thursday 22 February, 2018 at 01:10 pm

Haydn Sonata in C minor HXVI/20
Hans Gál Three Preludes Op.65
Chopin Nocturnes Op.37 No.s 1 and 2
Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80

Leon is very well known to Manchester audiences; many of us have followed his career from its start at Chet’s through competition successes at BBC Young Musician of the Year, Vienna (Beethoven Competition) and Leeds to its present status as a major international recitalist and recording artist. 

Hans Gal will be the only unfamiliar composer on the programme - Leon has recorded his piano music, and it is well worth listening to this intriguing mix of romantic harmony and neo-classical texture in advance of coming to the recital.  The recital ends with one of Beethoven’s mighty sets of variations - with these and the ‘Diabelli’ he exploded the form. This is a stylistically varied and highly stimulating programme. 

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