Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale-prelude, Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV.659 transc. Busoni
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata in E flat, Op.27 No.1 (Quasi una fantasia)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale-prelude, Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV.639 transc. Busoni
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 (Quasi una fantasia - Moonlight)
Franz Liszt: Schlaflos, Frage und Antwort S.203
Franz Liszt: Unstern! sinistre, disastro, S.208
Franz Liszt: R.W. - Venezia, S.201
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Described by International Record Review as 'the finest Beethoven pianist of his generation', British pianist Paul Lewis is firmly established as one of today's best-loved musicians, particularly noted for his expertise in the great Viennese classics.
This recital also offers a chance to hear him claim new territory, with three unusual, atmospheric works by Liszt and Mussorgsky's dazzling 'Pictures at an Exhibition'.
Better known in its orchestration by Ravel, the work depicts the composer's responses as he wanders from painting to painting. It also gives the pianist a tremendous workout in terms of technique, imagination and stamina.
Before the interval Lewis performs two powerful transcriptions by Busoni of chorale preludes by Bach - full-textured, high-voltage rethinkings of the Baroque masterpieces - and Beethoven's two Sonatas Op.27, both subtitled 'quasi una fantasia' (like a fantasy), the second of which is the celebrated 'Moonlight' Sonata.Performers
Paul Lewis piano