Concert Review: Lisa Batiashvili & Paul Lewis

Lisa Batiashvili

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili and pianist Paul Lewis performed with PCMS on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Philadelphia Inquirer Classical Music Critic David Patrick Stearns was on hand to review the performance.

In her official U.S. recital debut, the Georgia-born Batiashvili and English pianist Lewis presented a program of works by Schubert, Bach, Telemann and Beethoven. Batiashvili performed Telemann's Fantasie No. 4 for solo violin while Lewis played Busoni's transcription of Bach's Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 for solo piano.

In his review, entitled "Classical power duo Lewis and Batiashvili performs odd repertoire," Stearns notes the uniqueness of this collaboration between two sought-after concerto soloists performing lesser-known works in recital. "In choosing less notable works... they almost certainly held some secret to the music that has alluded others," Stearns writes. "But as wonderful as the performances were by these two distinctive, cultivated artists, the pieces stubbornly refused to allow higher revelations." Despite his reservations about the repertoire, he praises both Batiashvili and Lewis unreservedly. "The performance was a conversation with a seldom-heard degree of specificity," Stearns states. "Every phrase was thoughtfully proportioned, with peaks and valleys charted with utmost care. This was no superstars-on-the-run performance." Read the full review on Philly.com.

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