Thomas Kelly at St James’s Piccadilly
Musicianship and mastery mark the return of a Golden Age but of the thinking virtuoso
Stimulated and completely refreshed by a phenomenal performance of Rachmaninov’s elusive First Sonata he still had the energy to amaze, seduce and ravish the senses whilst astonishing us mortals with a display of piano playing that was as natural as water flowing in a stream. I was astonished by Benjamin Grosvenor’s recital at the Albert Hall a few weeks ago but was even more astounded by the performance today from a magician who could turn a Fazioli piano into casket of jewels of such subtle insinuating colours. Benjamin Grosvenor, Stephen Hough and Thomas Kelly all have the same thing in common which is an undying love of the sounds that can be conjured out of the piano.