Monday 20th May 7.30pm (finishes approx 9.30pm)
St James' Church

Paul Lewis piano



Sonata in E minor Hob XVI:34



3 Intermezzi Op.117



33 Variations on a waltz by Anton Diabelli Op.120

Tonight, festival president Paul Lewis completes his four concert exploration of the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven’s Bagatelles. To round off the whole series rather than bagatelles Paul gives us their polar opposite in Beethoven’s monumental Diabelli variations.

As Paul writes “the Diabelli Variations, arguably Beethoven’s greatest piano work, in the context of this series serves as a summing up of the whole. I can think of no piano work more wide-ranging in character. It encompasses everything from the blustering to the introspective, the farcical to the deeply serious, the tender- hearted to the downright bloody-minded – and a final variation which, miraculously, manages to rise above it all while looking in all possible directions at once.”

“Paul Lewis has the full measure of the work’s (the Diabelli variations) epic scale, creating a real sense of cumulative growth as he navigates us through its extraordinary narrative” Erik Levi BBC Music Magazine

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Reserved £35 & £30, Unreserved £24, Students £1

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