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Matthew Schellhorn plays Messiaen at the South Bank Centre

 06 April 2006 at 7.45pm 

Matthew Schellhorn plays Messiaen at the South Bank Centre

Purcell Room, London
South Bank, London SE1
United Kingdom
08703 800400

Matthew Schellhorn (piano)

Matthew Schellhorn explores the relationship between music and the natural world, presenting some of the piano repertoire's most beautiful music—pieces from Olivier Messiaen's extraordinary birdsong cycle, Catalogue d'oiseaux, and the magnificent La fauvette des jardins.

Matthew's performances of Messiaen's piano music in Britain and Europe have been met with superlative critical approval. At the age of 20 he attracted national interest with his complete performances of the Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus in Oxford, Sheffield and Cambridge, and in 2002 he was invited to perform at the Messiaen International Conference, where his performance was praised by Christopher Dingle of BBC Music Magazine as 'a cherished memory for those privileged enough to experience it'.

'An excellent pianist and an excellent exponent... Everything is played as Messiaen would have wanted it' (Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen).

Purcell Room: 6.15pm Pre-concert Talk
Messiaen biographers Peter Hill and Nigel Simeone discuss the music in tonight's recital.

Olivier Messiaen : Le loriot
Olivier Messiaen : Le traquet stapazin
Olivier Messiaen : L'alouette calandrelle
Olivier Messiaen : Le courlis cendré
Olivier Messiaen : La fauvette des jardins

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