Beethoven: Diabelli Variations
David Cairns of The Sunday Times once said that there is nothing more exhilarating than a good performance of theDiabelli Variations, and Paul Lewis’s is nothing short of outstanding. Dynamic and sensitive, his playing throughout maintains its vibrant energy, which delivers the quite unmissable recording that earned him the accolade of BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month in July 2011.
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos (BBC Symphony Orchestra)
Lewis’s performance of the complete concertos at the 2010 Proms with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and this subsequent recording brought him widespread acclaim. Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times wrote: ‘Though the catalogue of Beethoven concerto recordings is crowded, this new set is an exciting addition.’ Here Lewis demonstrates a fascinating ability to display his spotless technique while remaining modest in his approach to virtuosity.
Schubert: Piano Sonatas D840, D850, D894 & Impromptus D899
In this recording Lewis further demonstrates his affinity with Schubert’s late sonatas on Nos 15, 17 and 18 with the addition of Four Impromptus and the Klavierstücke. Our critic said: ‘I enjoyed every moment of these two superbly recorded discs…These are model accounts, in which Lewis, clearly a modest man, is intent on keeping himself out of the picture’.
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D959; Piano Sonata in B flat, D960
After embarking on a two year project in 2011 to perform all the mature piano works from the last 6 years of Schubert’s life across the globe, it is fair to say Lewis is a leading interpreter of the composer’s piano sonatas. Our critic said of this disc: ‘Lewis’s playing is remarkable, both for technical control and depth of understanding’.