Paul Lewis: Winner of Gramophone Record of the Year 2008

Not only was each volume of Paul Lewis’ Beethoven Sonata recordings Editor’s Choice in Gramophone magazine, in 2008 the final volume won that publication’s Record of the Year award. In the lead up to last year’s awards, the following article appeared:

“Reviewing the final volume of Paul Lewis’s complete survey of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, Bryce Morrison wrote that it ‘surely gives you the best of all possible worlds; one devoid of idiosyncrasy yet of a deeply personal musicianship.’ Individual though his playing may be, Lewis, like his mentor Alfred Brendel, aims to be as faithful to the written score as possible. Before setting out on his award-winning cycle, each disc of which was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, he said he hoped ‘to present Beethoven with as little of me and anyone else as possible’. The result compares with Schnabel, Kempff, and Brendel.

As incisive a chamber musician as he is a soloist, Lewis has founded his own music festival with his wife, the cellist Bjørg Værnes, based in a tiny Buckinghamshire church. Focussing on the core Austro-German repertoire from Mozart to Liszt, among his next recordings will be Schubert’s Winterreise with Mark Padmore.”

Read the full article here.

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