Masterful pianist Paul Lewis will perform a Beethoven piano sonata in Vancouver

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      Is there a more challenging body of work than Ludwig van Beethoven’s piano sonatas? We don’t think so: the 32 compositions encompass a huge array of emotional shadings, and require impeccable technique to master.

      One of the best recent recordings of the complete cycle was made by Paul Lewis, and he’ll give audiences a small taste of that achievement at his upcoming Vancouver Recital Society concert, with a performance of the Piano Sonata No. 4 in E flat major.

      Also on the bill at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday (March 19) are works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, and Carl Maria von Weber; consider it a master class in the classics.

      Watch Paul Lewis perform Franz Schubert's sonata in G major.