Thu, 01 Aug 2013
Last three sonatas round off Schubert series at Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood.
Paul Lewis's two and a half year exploration of Schubert's major piano works drew to a close at Tanglewood on 24th July with his final performance of the last three piano sonatas at Ozawa Hall. Since the start of the series in January 2011, Paul has given more than 200 Schubert performances in 22 different countries to great public and critical acclaim, taking in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Symphony Hall Chicago, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, KKL Luzern, Mozarteum Salzburg, and Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris. His performance of the last three Schubert sonatas at New York's Alice Tully Hall was chosen by Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times as one of the top ten performances in New York during 2012. In addition to the Schubert series, the last few seasons have seen concerto performances with some of the world's leading orchestras such as the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Philharmonia, and Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
The 2013/14 season promises to be a hugely exciting one, with visits to the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Andris Nelsons, New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Christoph von Dohnanyi, London Symphony Orchestra and New Japan Philharmonic with Daniel Harding, and tours of Asia with the Czech Philharmonic under Jiri Belohlavek, and Austria with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati. Solo recitals will take Paul to London's Royal Festival Hall as well as Carnegie Hall, New York, and December 2013 sees a duo tour with Lisa Batiashvili. Recording plans for this season include Brahms D minor concerto with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
Sun, 28 Jul 2013
BBC Proms 2013
Paul Lewis plays Mozart's Piano Concerto in C Major K.503 at the BBC Proms this week with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding. You can hear it live on BBC Radio 3 on Tuesday 30th July, and on 1st August you can watch it on BBC4 at 19:30.
Sun, 19 Feb 2012
Paul Lewis's latest Schubert CD has been chosen as Gramophone Recording of the Month, and Disc of the Week on BBC Radio 3 CD Review
Paul Lewis's latest recording of Schubert's late piano works was named as CD Review's Disc of the Week on 10th December 2011, and Gramophone's Recording of the Month in the February 2012 issue.
Here are some quotes from the Gramophone review;
"Following his Beethoven immersion on record, Paul Lewis returns to Schubert, some of whose sonatas he set down a decade or so ago for Harmonia Mundi, and project left tantalisingly hanging in the air. Well, it was worth the wait. In the intervening time, he has developed into arguably the finest Schubert interpreter of his generation...."
"Time and again you marvel at the confidence and sureness of Lewis's playing, combined with the finesse and musicality the he has always displayed. It's the kind of playing, in fact, where comparisons cease to matter... In the first movement of the D major sonata D.850, Lewis really brings out the Beethovenian panache of the writing. Few drive through those opening chords with quite as much conviction..."
Harriet Smith, Gramophone