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PT...the Proms...Paul Lewis...and Beethoven

Posted at 1:46 PM on August 10, 2010 by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Musician stories, Programs

Paul Lewis was born in Liverpool two years after the Beatles broke up. Now he's on a quest to become the first pianist to perform all five Beethoven piano concertos in one summer at the BBC Proms in London, although not necessarily in order. Order, shmorder.

Performance Today featured Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 2 on today's show. No. 3 is coming up on Thursday's program. No. 5 comes later this month.

And just in case you missed it back in July, here's a sampling of Mr. Lewis at the Proms playing No. 4, with that exquisite opening phrase (it gets me every time).