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Pianist Stephen Lewis: Water, Bells, and Voices: An Online Recital
March 5 @ 5:00 pm
The recital will be broadcast live, but will also be available to watch later.
Come hear me perform an intimate, expressive program of piano music! I built this program around Yiheng Yvonne Wu’s Threaded Spaces, which deftly blends the piano’s singing qualities with its bell-like sound world. Its gently rocking accompaniment, which supports a lyrical line studded with ringing chords, called to me to be paired with Chopin’s Barcarolle, op. 60. Rounding out the program—and chiming with the bells of Threaded Spaces—are two seldom-played gems.
Debussy’s second book of Images, a collection of three short works, includes the lush “Cloches à travers les feuilles” (Bells through the Leaves) and the colorful, virtuosic “Poissons d’or” (Golden Fish).
Truly rarely heard are Béla Bartók’s Four Dirges, op. 9a, which proceed with a rare beauty and power that binds the whole program together in a sonorous, wistful narrative.
Images, livre 2 | Claude Debussy
Dirges, Op. 9a | Béla Bartók
Threaded Spaces | Yiheng Yvonne Wu
Barcarolle, Op. 60 | Frédéric Chopin