Two worlds collide thrillingly: Beethoven in Vienna around 1800, entering his prime and out to impress both as a performer and composer. Sibelius, 120 years later, deep in the Finnish countryside creating what would be some of his very last works. These are two composers closest to Joseph Swensen’s heart. He delivers full-blooded interpretations and pairing him with Paul Lewis, another great Beethovenian, is bound to be inspirational.
Paul Lewis brings a strong physicality as well as luminous poetic insights to Beethoven's tempestuous music.
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Joseph Swensen is Conductor Emeritus of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, having held the post of Principal Conductor from 1996 – 2005. Before launching his conducting career, Swensen enjoyed a highly successful career as a violin soloist appearing with the world’s major orchestras and conductors. His recordings with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra include music by Brahms, Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Prokofiev.
Paul Lewis is internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation. Formerly a private pupil of Alfred Brendel, his cycles of core piano works by Beethoven and Schubert have received unanimous critical and public acclaim worldwide, and consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the central European classical repertoire. He appears regularly as soloist with the world's great orchestras, and a two year recital series is currently exploring connections between the sonatas of Haydn, the late piano works of Brahms, and Beethoven's Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations.