Paul Lewis, piano; 05/04/2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Beloved British pianist Paul Lewis’s study of late works of Schubert is already garnering as much praise and attention as his highly acclaimed Beethoven cycle. “Faced with such excellence a mere critic can only abandon paper and pencil and listen to this heroic but deeply moving young artist with awe and amazement”—Gramophone. In this penultimate Schubert program at Middlebury, Lewis delights us with the German Dances, Piano Sonatas nos. 14 and 16 (both in A Minor), and the Allegretto in C Minor. Sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series. See associated event October 14.
Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6
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SCHUBERT German Dances, D.783
SCHUBERT Allegretto in C Minor, D.915
SCHUBERT Sonata for Piano No.14 in A Minor, D.784
SCHUBERT Sonata for Piano No.16 in A Minor D.845
Andante poco moto
Scherzo: Allegro vivace - Trio: Un poco più lento
Rondo: Allegro vivace
Paul Lewis is internationally recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation. His many awards have included the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year Award, the South Bank Show Classical Music Award, the Diapason d’or de l’annee in France, two successive Edison awards in Holland, the 25th Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, the "Preis Der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik", and three Gramophone awards, including Record of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Southampton. Between 2005 and 2007, he performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas at venues throughout Europe and North America to great critical acclaim, and his recordings of the cycle for Harmonia Mundi have received unanimous praise throughout the world. His complete set of the Beethoven Piano Concertos with Jiri Belohlavek and the BBC Symphony Orchestra was chosen as Recording of the Month in both Gramophone and Classic FM Magazine in Autumn 2010.
In summer 2010, Paul Lewis became the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to play all five Beethoven Piano Concertos in a single Proms season. The complete cycle was broadcast on BBC television. He is also a regular guest at many other prestigious venues and festivals including the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival, the Klavier Festival Ruhr, and London’s Wigmore Hall where he has appeared on more than forty occasions. He has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras including all of the major UK orchestras, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Bamberg Symphony, NDR-Philharmonie, Vienna Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, with such conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Sir Andrew Davis, Andris Nelsons, Dimitri Kitajenko, Daniel Harding, Emmanuel Krivine, and Armin Jordan.
Highlights in recent years have included opening the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York with Beethoven’s 5th concerto, concerts in Europe and the US with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, his second recital tour of Australia for Musica Viva, and an extensive tour of the US with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Solo recitals have taken him to venues such as the Royal Festival Hall in London, Toppan Hall Tokyo, Symphony Centre Chicago, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Festspielhaus Baden Baden, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Kennedy Centre Washington, and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
In 2011, Paul embarked upon a two year Schubert project, performing all the mature piano works from the Wandererfantasie onwards. The series will be presented in London, New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Bologna, Florence, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, and at other venues worldwide. Future CD releases include Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, Schubert duets with Steven Osborne, and the completion of the three Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore.
Paul Lewis studied with Ryszard Bakst at Chethams School of Music and Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, before going on to study privately with Alfred Brendel. Along with his wife the Norwegian cellist Bjørg Lewis, he is artistic director of Midsummer Music, an annual chamber music festival held in Buckinghamshire, UK.
“Lewis’ deep insights into the emotional complications of this music were matched by his firm grasp of classical structure and the ways in which Schubert’s lyrical gift illuminates that structure.This was Schubert playing of a very high order.”--Chicago Tribune
"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
"One of the most highly prized recording marathons of recent years.... An unmissable benchmark."--Gramophone