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Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 1 / Lewis


Release Date: 11/08/2005 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 901902   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paul Lewis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



An epic Beethoven journey begins and this strong start promises well

Paul Lewis launches his cycle of the 32 Beethoven sonatas with a triptych of richly varied middle-period masterpieces. A more auspicious start would be hard to imagine. True, others may characterise the first and third sonatas more playfully or show themselves more obviously attuned to Beethoven’s scintillating wit and whimsy, but Lewis’s unalloyed musicianship and overall mastery are worth their weight in gold; every bar declares his calibre and generosity of spirit. Read more through="" schubert’s="" eyes="" (the="" finale="" to="" op="" 31="" no="" 1)="" he="" often="" suggests="" a="" darker,="" more="" serious="" side="" the="" composer’s="" laughter="" high="" jinks.="" but="" plays="" beethoven’s="" humorous="" afterthought="" at="" close="" of="" 1’s="" allegro="" vivace="" manner="" born="" presto="" coda="" becomes="" joyous="" chase. His way with the so-called Tempest Sonata is a reminder, too, of his outwardly relaxed mastery, quite without a sign of a skewed or telescoped phrase and with page after page given with a quiet but superbly focused intensity. His Adagio is gravely processional, his finale (that agitated, teasingly enigmatic moto perpetuo) acutely yet subtly and unobtrusively characterised. Again, while others may offer a swifter trajectory through No 3’s finale, Lewis’s wish to give substance to every note carries its own unswerving conviction.

Harmonia Mundi’s sound is excellent and I can scarcely wait to hear the rest of this deeply serious and sensitive young pianist’s epic undertaking.

-- Bryce Morrison, GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 16 in G major, Op. 31 no 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paul Lewis (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 17 in D minor, Op. 31 no 2 "Tempest" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paul Lewis (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Sonata for Piano no 18 in E flat major, Op. 31 no 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Paul Lewis (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Vienna, Austria 

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