17/18 Piano Recital Series: Paul Lewis, Piano
Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).
The playing of British pianist Paul Lewis CBE, a protegé of Alfred Brendel, depends on a studied emotional reverence: he is the master of the sinking feeling, the ecstatic stir. He has recorded definitive and highly acclaimed interpretations of Beethoven, appears regularly as a soloist with top-tier orchestras around the globe, and is a frequent recitalist at the world’s greatest halls and festivals. The Guardian declares that what sets Lewis apart is his “clarity, muscle, and steely pride, but also intimacy, vulnerability and volatility: the combination is magnetic.”
Lewis begins with Beethoven’s 11 Bagatelles, op. 119, a set of brilliantly sparkling miniatures. He explores Haydn sonatas from two parts of the composer’s career: the impassioned Sonata in E-flat, written for a friend with whom he was likely in love, followed by an earlier work, the mercurial Sonata in B Minor. Lewis closes with the chiaroscuro of Brahms’ Klavierstücke, the master’s last composition for solo piano, of which no less an authority than Clara Schumann declared, “it is wonderful how he combines passion and tenderness in the smallest of spaces.”
Beethoven: 11 Bagatelles, op. 119
Haydn: Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob XVI:49 & Sonata in B Minor, Hob XVI:32
Brahms: Klavierstücke, op. 119