Saturday 20 May 7.30pm – ends approx 9.30pm
Paul Lewis piano
Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV825
Sonata no. 4 in E flat major Op.7
Waltz in A minor op. 34 no.2
Waltz in F minor op. 70 no. 2
Waltz in D flat op.64 no.1
“The Minute Waltz”
Piano Sonata no. 2 in A flat J199 Op.39
For our president Paul Lewis’ first appearance at the 2017 festival he gives us a beautifully balanced programme which, apart from the Beethoven, features composers he is not so readily identified with. Bach’s 1st Partita has been likened to early Mozart by Richard Goode with its “crystalline, euphonious and limpid grace.” Paul then plays the great Op.7 sonata. Sometimes known as the Grand Sonata this is, apart from the ‘Hammerklavier’, the longest of Beethoven’s 32 sonatas. After a group of Chopin he plays Weber’s 2nd sonata. This spacious and lyrical work is one of the composer’s finest creations. We always struggle to meet the demand for tickets for Paul’s concerts so please return your forms ASAP.
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
Reserved £35 & £30 Unreserved £22 Students £1
For more information you can visit Paul’s website on: http://www.paullewispiano.co.uk