Notes and Editorial Reviews
"The poetry and grandeur of his playing put Paul Lewis's Liszt among the greats. Once considered musically incomprehensible and technically unplayable, the Liszt Sonata is now part of the repertoire of virtually every pianist of note. Yet even in a crowded market place (where Horowitz, Gilels, Richter, Argerich, Brendel, Pollini and others jostle for attention) Paul Lewis's recording stands out for its breadth, mastery and shining musicianship. Eschewing all obvious display, he concentrates on the Sonata's monumental weight, grandeur and ever-elusive inner poetry. His sense of drama is dark and intense and his reading of the central Andante sostenuto alone puts his performance in the highest league. Lewis's octaves
in the final Prestissimo blaze before the retrospective coda are of a pulverising strength; with him the Sonata regains its stature among music's most formidable milestones."
Gramophone, (October, 2004)
"Ever since his second prize at the London World Piano Competition in 1994, Paul Lewis has been garnering golden opinions of his playing. And given that Brendel has been one of his mentors, it is no surprise to find him making his Hannonia Mundi debut with two Schubert sonatas...At the beginning of the A minor Sonata and in the slow central movement you can hear him relish the spacing of Schubert's harmony..."
Gramophone, (March, 2002)
"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. These are early days but Paul Lewis's superbly recorded and presented Beethoven may well turn out to be the most musicianly and ultimately satisfying of all recorded Beethoven piano sonata cycles."
Gramophone, (December, 2006)
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