'Christopher Lewis, playing two different instruments, performs each as an individual masterpiece, bringing out the many shades of dark and light, frequently subtle colours, and the marches, dances and fantasias that abound in the music'.
- Gramophone Magazine (October, 2017)
Lewis’ phrasing and precise execution bring out the best in these works, clearly outlining Persichetti’s musical structures.
Starting his public career as a pianist and composer whilst still an adolescent, Persichetti was a precocious artist, and the spirit of his youthful mastery electrifies the performances of his music on this handsomely-recorded Naxos disc by Welsh harpsichordist Christopher D. Lewis. As in his previous recordings for Naxos, the eloquence of Lewis’s playing of Persichetti’s music belies his youth. The notion of a young musician having an ‘old soul’ is silly if rather poetic, but Lewis is an artist whose sensibilities encompass a near-boundless array of musical styles.
-Voix des Arts
Naxos: [Vincent] Persichetti - Harpsichord Sonatas (2017)
Release Date: July, 2017
Christopher D. Lewis (Harpsichord)
Norbert Kraft and Bonnie Silver (Producers)
Catalogue Number: Naxos 8.559843
The American composer, teacher and pianist Vincent Persichetti’s contribution to the harpsichord repertoire is unique among 20th-century composers. He wrote a diverse selection of music, including an opera and nine symphonies, but his substantial output for harpsichord offers a vivid and rich variety of expression. The ingenious contrapuntal writing alludes to baroque ornamentation while remaining firmly rooted in the contemporary idiom. Lyrical passages and technical brilliance abound with vitality and inventiveness.
Harpsichord Sonata No. 1, Op. 52
I. Andante sostenuto
Harpsichord Sonata No. 3, Op. 149
I. Allegro moderato
III. Allegro molto
Harpsichord Sonata No. 5, Op. 152
Harpsichord Sonata No. 8, Op. 158
I. Andante sostenuto
II. Allegro ma grazioso
III. Allegro con moto
Harpsichord Sonata No. 9, Op. 163
Serenade No. 15, Op. 161
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