Schott Recital Room

4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Venue name: Schott Recital Room
Address: Bauer and Hieber
48 Great Marlborough St
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
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I've attended a number of recitals and chamber concerts at Schott's Recital Room over the years. They are invariably high quality, and the programming is often attractive for its novelty value. Several of the things I've been to at Schott's have entered my mental canon of 'most memorable concerts I've ever attended' one remarkable evening when we were treated to the complete piano sonatas of Scriabin, delivered entirely from memory at a single sitting; and a double harpsichord concert when I was introduced to the delightful oeuvre of Johann Mattheson, a Hamburg-based contemporary of Handel. The Recital Room, whilst the antithesis of a typical performance venue, nevertheless feels quite intimate (partly because of the low ceiling!), and the Schott's staff always make one most welcome. There's often an informal reception during or after the concert, and a chance to chat with the artists and fellow music lovers in a pleasantly relaxed atmosphere.

Schott's Recital room has attracted some really top-flight virtuoso pianists and imaginative programming but the venue itself falls short of ideal, and it's principal attractions must surely be the ideal location and inexpensive hire costs. The acoustic is overbearing,and unless strenuous efforts are made to adapt the space, it lacks a sense of atmosphere of any kind.

I have attended a number of piano recitals at Schott's, given by Ronan Magill. They have all been absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere is very intimate. Ronan frequebtly gives little introductory talks to the works and composers he is playing too which make for an even more relaxed but deep approach to the music. I would certainly recommend the venue, particularly when mr Magill is performing.

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