Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate op. 27, No. 1
Fantasie in g-Moll, op. 77
Sonate op. 27, No. 2 "Sonata quasi una Fantasia"
Klaviersonate G-Dur, op. 78, D 894
Klavier Paul Lewis
All the works in this programme are designated ‘fantasia’. The most renowned of these pieces is clearly Beethoven’s op. 27, no. 2, which has achieved fame as the ‘Moonlight’ Sonata. The term ‘fantasia’ was chosen by many composers so as to have freedom to write as they wished and to be able to ignore labels dictating structure. What is characteristic is that the pieces all question the normal and usual sonata form and attempt to give it a new interpretation. The British pianist Paul Lewis is one of Alfred Brendel’s outstanding students and like his master teacher, an equally significant performer of music by Beethoven and Schubert. Paul Lewis is also the first pianist in the history of the BBC Proms to perform all five Beethoven piano concertos in one season (2010). He has recorded all the works on today’s programme for the Harmonia Mundi label. We inaugurate the Beethoven commemorative year 2020 with Paul Lewis and will experience many more works together with him.