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Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:24 am

The pianist Paul Lewis is coming to my town (Tainan, Taiwan). Tickets for better seats are about $40. I've never heard of him, but plan to go (not much live classical music in this city!). Wondering if anybody has any opinions, thoughts. (I did a search in the "live" thread, and just got stuff about some one replacing him in a concert he missed because of a....volcano!)
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by RebLem » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:08 am

Paul Lewis has recorded two Beethoven boxes--a set of the complete piano sonatas and the complete piano concerti.

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Found on Amazon USA

Paul Lewis was a student of Alfred Brendel's, and Amazon USA has 4 customer reviews of the sonatas box, one of which is a 4 star review; the other three are all the maximum 5 stars.
http://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Complet ... no+sonatas

As for the concerti, Amazon USA has 4 customer reviews. One is a negative review with only 3 stars, the other three are all 5 star reviews.
http://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Complet ... o+concerti

I have already bought both these sets, but they are both sitting in my "to be listened to" boxes, so I cannot yet give you a personal opinion.
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Steinway » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:25 am

Do not fail to go to his recital. He is a marvelous young artist and you will be very pleased that you attended. :)

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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:59 am

Thanks for the responses. I'm already excited (I found a list of the pieces he's going to play and it should be a wonderful evening!). A friend invited my wife and I to accompany him and his wife to see Boris Berezovsky a few months back. I guess I can return the favor :)
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Chalkperson » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:14 am

He is an excellent pianist, go buy your tickets straight away. His Beethoven and Schubert are first class.
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:38 am

Chalkperson wrote:He is an excellent pianist, go buy your tickets straight away. His Beethoven and Schubert are first class.
Didn't you mention him just recently in a thread in which someone asked you about top (living) pianists? As soon as I saw the poster the name rang a bell, but when I tried to dig up the post, I couldn't find it...
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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:45 am

Mookalafalas wrote:
Chalkperson wrote:He is an excellent pianist, go buy your tickets straight away. His Beethoven and Schubert are first class.
Didn't you mention him just recently in a thread in which someone asked you about top (living) pianists? As soon as I saw the poster the name rang a bell, but when I tried to dig up the post, I couldn't find it...
Yes, he is very talented, I have all of his recordings. The Beethoven Concertos are exceptional...
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by barney » Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:05 am

I second the advice. Run, do not walk, to the telephone or box office.

I think he is a major, major pianist in the classical repertoire whom succeeding generations will talk in the same way we talk of giants of the past.

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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:13 am

I just got two tickets, 7th row, left side :D :D
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Seán » Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:54 pm

Consider this another recommendation for the Paul Lewis Beethoven Concerto set
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by slofstra » Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:07 pm

Mookalafalas wrote:I just got two tickets, 7th row, left side :D :D
So, hopefully, you have a good view of the finger action.

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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:22 pm

slofstra wrote:
Mookalafalas wrote:I just got two tickets, 7th row, left side :D :D
So, hopefully, you have a good view of the finger action.
I hope so! That was the goal, anyway.
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by jbuck919 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:22 pm

Believe it or not, I just heard him play this afternoon with the Boston Symphony. I had also never heard of him, which doesn't mean anything since I am not very good at keeping up with performers compared to some of our other members.

He played Mozart's Concerto No. 25 in C K 503. The quality of the performance grew from decent to excellent as he moved from the first through the second to the third movement. In the first movement I had a sense of blurring in the runs and there were also a couple of note mistakes; none of this in the third movement. He certainly did not deserve the half of a standing ovation he got, but I didn't hear anything that would keep me from recommending him.

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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:48 pm

jbuck919 wrote:Believe it or not, I just heard him play this afternoon with the Boston Symphony. I had also never heard of him, which doesn't mean anything since I am not very good at keeping up with performers compared to some of our other members.

He played Mozart's Concerto No. 25 in C K 503. The quality of the performance grew from decent to excellent as he moved from the first through the second to the third movement. In the first movement I had a sense of blurring in the runs and there were also a couple of note mistakes; none of this in the third movement. He certainly did not deserve the half of a standing ovation he got, but I didn't hear anything that would keep me from recommending him.
Well, you two get around! (you and Paul, that is). I suppose the other half of the ovation was for Mozart :)
Just getting out of the house without the kids will make the night a win for me and the Mrs. If he puts on a good show, that'll just be gravy (naturally I wouldn't mind a LOT of gravy). If he misses a few notes, I doubt we'll be the wiser.
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by Mookalafalas » Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:05 am

Just got back from the show. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely. He did a couple of Beethoven sonatas in the first half, interspersed with some bits of Liszt and Bach, and "Pictures at an Exhibition" as his closer, which was both impressive and delightful. Apparently he agreed to do autographs after the show, and people were lined up way out of the building. Poor guy. Signing all those fliers would take longer than the whole concert...
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Re: Paul Lewis?

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:33 pm

Mookalafalas wrote:Just got back from the show. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely. He did a couple of Beethoven sonatas in the first half, interspersed with some bits of Liszt and Bach, and "Pictures at an Exhibition" as his closer, which was both impressive and delightful. Apparently he agreed to do autographs after the show, and people were lined up way out of the building. Poor guy. Signing all those fliers would take longer than the whole concert...
Glad you enjoyed it, and I would worry about my fingers if I were him. (Same reason pianists should not go bowling, said the voice of experience, though I have small hands for a man and he probably does not.) :)

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