Beautiful Music: Paul Lewis plays Schubert

The British pianist Paul Lewis is taking a swing through the U.S. playing Schubert sonatas (a big part of his repertory). I caught him last Saturday at the Library of Congress, and here he is playing the slow movement of the late A major sonata (D. 959), which occupies a for a concert pianist roughly the same place Hamlet occupies for a Shakespearean actor.

And a review mentioning this piece in particular from the Guardian.

Lewis has long been a fine exponent of the harrowing A major sonata D959 – he played the andantino at the memorial service for the Guardian’s Hugo Young in 2003 – but this performance always had fresh things to say. The heart of it, perhaps unexpectedly, was the sustained, hymn-like grace of the finale, played like a prayer after the challenges and storms of the first two movements.

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