Ed­i­tor’s choice

The Georgia Straight - - Arts -

THE KEYS TO HAYDN Primo pi­ano star Paul Lewis wants to show you the lighter side of Franz Joseph Haydn when he closes the Van­cou­ver Recital So­ci­ety’s sea­son. The artist’s usual deep re­search into his sub­ject has re­vealed a com­poser with a quick wit and a feel for the ab­surd. On Sun­day, he’ll jux­ta­pose Haydn’s sonatas with those of two other Aus­tro-ger­man mas­ters: the late pi­ano works of Jo­hannes Brahms and Lud­wig van Beethoven’s Ba­gatelles and Di­a­bel­li­vari­a­tions.

There’ll be more: the con­cert is the sec­ond in a four-part odyssey into the works of Haydn, Brahms, and Beethoven. Pre­pare to hear all of them in a mov­ing, and some­times funny, new light.

The Van­cou­ver Recital So­ci­ety presents Paul Lewis at the Van­cou­ver Play­house on Sun­day (May 13).

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