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Paul Lewis Returns for Solo Recital of Romantic Piano Works; April 6, 2017

March 7, 2016

When Paul Lewis appeared with violinist Lisa Batiashvili on the series last year, it was clear that a solo recital for Princeton audiences was paramount. Princeton University Concerts (PUC) is excited to welcome back this multiple-Gramophone-winning pianist on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 8PM for a solo recital in Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. In addition, Lewis will teach a masterclass to talented Princeton University students, free and open to the public.  In Richardson, he will present the most Romantic program of the current PUC season, featuring Brahms Three Intermezzi Op. 117 and Four Ballades Op. 10, Schubert Sonata No. 9 in B Major, D. 575, and Liszt Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (“Dante” Sonata). As a compliment to this, the Ellipses Slam Poetry Team—a group of talented Princeton University undergraduate poets who have been recognized as one of the top Slam Poetry teams in the nation—will perform in tribute to the Romantic period in a pre-concert event at 7PM, free to all ticketholders.

It has become common to consider music of the nineteenth century in one breath, neatly consolidating its fantasies simply into music of the “Romantic Era.” Perhaps no one is better suited to unveiling the incredible scope of this music than Lewis, a pianist with “a shimmering range of tone and weight.” (The Guardian)  Lewis considers the two sets by Brahms to be “some of the most intimate music that could be found.” Lying at the core of the Romantic repertory of the nineteenth century, they also span the entirety of Brahms’ career—the Ballades are among the first of his works, and the Intermezzi among the last. While this concert’s program reflects the evolution of the piano repertoire at this time, it also showcases its extremes: Liszt’s Dante sonata is as dramatic as Brahms’ oeuvre is intimate, an homage to the Inferno in all of its glorious intensity.

While the undeniable beauty of the music of this period has understandably associated it with “romance”—Princeton University junior Kevin Chien instantly labeled this concert as “date night”—the origin of this categorization actually stems from the heightened intersection between music and literature at the time, as Liszt’s Dante sonata makes evident. Performed at a campus where the merging of disciplines encourages on a daily basis such flights of imagination as are embodied in music, by a pianist whose “fresh, intelligent yet daring playing [is] alert to the flights of wildness in the music,” (The New York Times) this concert promises to materialize the essence of Romanticism.



WHEN:  Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 8PM; Pre-concert event by the Ellipses Poetry Slam Poetry Team at 7PM, free to ticketholders; Masterclass free and open to the public, date and time tbd.  Check for more information
WHAT: BRAHMS Three Intermezzi, Op. 117; Four Ballades Op. 10
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No. 9 in B Major, D. 575
LISZT Après une lecture du Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (“Dante” Sonata)
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024