Waltzing with Beethoven
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, Paul Lewis performs a sonata by Haydn, a trio of intermezzi by Brahms and Beethoven's epic 'Diabelli' Variations.
Live from the Royal Festival Hall, Paul Lewis concludes his three-year series dedicated to Haydn, Brahms and Beethoven. He begins with a playful sonata by Haydn and continues with music by Brahms, whose Op 117 Intermezzi are three poignant lullabies expressing the quiet melancholy of his last years. The second half features the epic 'Diabelli' Variations. Beethoven poured a lifetime's experience into his final major piano work: it's at once playful and profound, an endlessly imaginative (and often funny) set of 33 variations based on an unpromising little waltz by his contemporary, Anton Diabelli.
Presented by Martin Handley.
Haydn: Sonata in E minor, Hob XVI/34
Brahms: 3 Intermezzi, Op 117
Beethoven: 33 Variations on a waltz by Diabelli, Op 120
Paul Lewis (piano)