Paul Lewis, piano
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Aronoff Center / Jarson-Kaplan Theater
“There are many prized recordings of the Beethoven sonatas from past masters and current artists. But, if I had to recommend a single complete set, I would suggest Mr. Lewis’s distinguished recordings.” – Anthony Tommasini, New York Times
Paul Lewis studied with Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and then privately with the renowned Alfred Brendel. He performs regularly as soloist with the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago and, London and NHK symphonies, as well as the London Philharmonic, New York, Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras. Recital’s take him to venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall, New York’s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, and, Berlin’s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus.
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825 – Johann Sebastian Bach
Piano Sonata No. 4 in E-Flat Major, Op.7 – Ludwig Van Beethoven
Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No.2 – Frederic Chopin
Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2 – Frederic Chopin
Waltz in D flat op. 64 no.1 “Minute Waltz” – Frederic Chopin
Piano Sonata No. 2 in A-Flat Major, J.199 (Op.39) – Carl Maria von Weber
Originally written for the harpsichord, Bach’s Partitas BWV 825-830 are the last and most demanding of the three sets he composed.
Next to Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata written 20 years later, Beethoven’s “Grand Sonata” is his longest, but conveys a significantly lighter mood.
Chopin composed principally for solo piano. He wrote 36 waltzes from age 14 until his death in 1849 at 39 — for performance, not dancing. Eighteen are publicly available. The three on this program were composed in 1835, 1855, and 1840, respectively.
Weber’s Invitation to the Dance was reportedly an inspiration for Chopin’s waltzes. His Sonata No. 2 was written in 1816, thirty years after Weber’s birth and a decade before his death in 1826. It will be a treat to hear, since Weber’s work is too little performed.