Patrons of Concerts from the Library of Congress are in for a special treat on Saturday, March 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Coolidge Auditorium. British pianist Paul Lewis will be performing two of Schubert’s last piano sonatas, composed in the months before his untimely death. Lewis, who has spent the greater portion of the last decade performing and recording Beethoven’s piano music, is in the midst of a survey of the late Schubert piano works composed between 1822 and 1828. The two piano sonatas to be presented on Saturday’s concert make a fine pairing, demonstrating the breadth of Schubert’s imaginative writing and asserting his mastery outside of the vocal realm for which he is most well known.
Preceding the concert will be a talk by Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham University. Dr. Kramer’s talk will focus on the late piano music of “The Virtuoso Schubert.”
Paul Lewis, piano
Late Piano Sonatas of Franz Schubert
Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
SCHUBERT: Sonata in C minor, D. 958
SCHUBERT: Sonata in A major, D. 959
NOTE: This concert is sold out, but space available passes will be available at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the concert.
Pre-concert presentation: 1:00 p.m. — Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion
Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham University, Editor of 19th-Century Music and author of many books, will speak about “The Virtuoso Schubert.”