Wednesday 23 March 2022 8pm
Beethoven Piano sonata no. 8 in C minor, op 13
Sibelius Six bagatelles, op 97
Debussy Children’s corner
Chopin Polonaise fantasie, op 61
Beethoven Piano sonata no. 23 in F minor, op 57
The career of Paul Lewis was launched when he won second prize in the 1994 London International Piano Competition and was selected for the BBC’s inaugural New Generation Artist scheme. He is now considered to be one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Central European classical repertoire.
Appearing in Ilkley for the fourth time, Paul gives us two minor key Beethoven sonatas, the Pathetique from 1798 and the Appassionata of six years later. Between we move away to more homely music, first to the Finland of Sibelius’s second set of bagatelles with its humorous march and waltz, and then to Debussy’s drawing room where a much loved child’s toys provide inspiration, including the famous ‘cake walk’.We return to the fire and passion of Beethoven via Chopin’s late rhapsodic and improvisational Polonaise fantasie.