Catherine Leonard

The excellent free lunchtime recital series at St Alfege, Greenwich, continued with Catherine Leonard’s blazing performance of Beethoven’s wonderful Sonata No23 in F minor. It’s hard to think of another piano composition that brings out the power of the instrument with such bravado. The internationally acclaimed pianist then created an exquisite contrast to LvB’s powerhouse piece by playing a triad of melancholic works by Ravel (Pavane For A Dead Child), Liszt (Consolation No3 in D flat) and a Chopin creation that must surely qualify as the saddest waltz ever written. Leonard’s diary is awash with recitals around the country this year. I urge you to catch at least one of them.