Beauty, honesty, authenticity, intimacy, intelligence: these are qualities Christian Zacharias is acclaimed for and brings to every performance he gives.
A favourite of audiences at the East Neuk Festival and Edinburgh International Festival for decades, he returns to The Queen's Hall with the music of 3 composers he has performed all his life. The pieces by Bach and Schubert were written exactly a century apart - a typically neat piece of programming by Zacharias who lets us hear how beautifully differently these utterly contrasted composers write in the key of A minor. Between them he slots in two pieces by Beethoven.
JS Bach: Partita No 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Beethoven: 12 Variations on the Russian Dance from ‘Das Waldmädchen’, WoO 71
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op 2 No 1
Schubert: Sonata in A minor, D845
In support of the East Neuk Festival Endowment Fund
"His instinctive musicality, every tonal touch a meaningful gem, was absolute magic to the ears”
(ENF audience member, 2016)
“Hearing Zacharias playing Schubert was like being in the room with Schubert himself: you really felt the magic of his connection with that lovely music, unlike anyone else I have heard…”
Photo by Constanze Zacharias