Sonata in E♭ major Op.27 No.1 (15’)
Sonata in C♯ minor Moonlight Op.27 No.2 (16’)
Sonata in G major D.894 (40’)
Festival president Paul Lewis is with us tonight, performing one of Beethoven’s most well known sonatas, which is paired with the wonderful but, unfairly, rather neglected, Op.27 No.1 . Both works are subtitled “Quasi una fantasia,” (like a fantasy) although in many respects this title is more appropriate for No.1 of the set. That said, both works depart from the typical form of the classical sonata. After the interval Paul plays Schubert’s sublime G major sonata, which Robert Schumann described as, “of all Schubert’s sonatas, the most perfect in form and conception” As always with Paul’s concerts in Chipping Campden, demand for tickets will be enormous, so do book early for this.
“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
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