Christian Blackshaw: performing Schubert’s piano sonatas at Kilkenny Arts Festival

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Soprano Ailish Tynan will perform the work of Schubert at the Kilkenny Arts Festival

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If you like your Mozart busy, you might only find yourself in tune with Christian Blackshaw at his most urgent. Photograph: Herbie Knott

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Dave Flynn’s nose for the timely, publicity-friendly, anti-establishment gesture is not to be denied. Photograph: John O’Neill

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Martin Hayes,  Stephen Rea and  performers from Loosysmokes, Elaine McCague and Deirdre Griffin, at the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016 programme launch. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

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Christian Blackshaw continues his survey of Mozart’s piano sonatas in the style of the previous instalments.He treats four sonatas (K284, K332, K54(...)

The only time I heard English pianist Christian Blackshaw in concert, he came across as unusually comfortable in his skin. I wrote at the time that(...)