The ‘INITIALES’ series is an invitation to discover the artists of harmonia mundi. Ten years after a Schubert disc recorded in the ‘New Musicians’ series, this double album celebrates a British pianist at the peak of his artistry and in his genre of choice. It is no coincidence that Paul Lewis has made a speciality of the sonatas of three pianist-composers: Beethoven (of whose complete sonatas he has made a memorable recording), Schubert of course, and finally Liszt, a performance that returns to the catalogue thanks to this reissue.

Disc 1
Ludwig van Beethoven [1770-1827]
Sonata no.8 "Pathétique" in C minor / ut mineur / c-moll op.13
I. Grave - Allegro di molto e con brio
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata no.25 "Alla tedesca" in G Major / Sol majeur / G-dur op.79
I. Presto alla tedesca
II. Andante
III. Vivace
Franz Schubert [1797-1828]
Sonata no.19 in C minor / ut mineur / c-moll D.958
Disc 2
Sonata no.20 in A major / en la majeur / A-dur D.959
Scherzo Allegro vivace - Trio Un pocco più lento
Rondo Allegretto
Franz Liszt [1811-1886]
La lugubre gondola (version 2) / Die Trauergondel (version 2)
Sonata in B minor / Si mineur / h-moll
Lento assai
Andante sostenuto
Allegro energico

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