Recital Igor Levit 1

Igor Levit


Sat, 22.08. | 18.30 | No. 20641

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Life Is Live

14.08.-23.08. 2020



    Igor Levit  piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2 The Tempest
    Piano Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 22
    Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 2 no. 3
    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 Grande Sonate Pathétique

    “This Beethoven jumps up at us, grabs us by the ears, and thoroughly shakes us up,” Christian Wildhagen wrote in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung about Igor Levit’s complete cycle of the composer’s 32 piano sonatas at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, adding that the pianist would be the great new hope for the 2020 Beethoven Year. In the fifth of eight concerts comprising the cycle, Levit presents two of the best-known Beethoven sonatas. He will open the recital with the revolutionary Tempest Sonata, which builds all three movements up from an arpeggio. The heroic Pathétique, which Levit describes as “hard, black, definitive,” will conclude the program. In between, he will play Beethoven’s early work of genius, the C major Sonata Op. 2, no. 3. Its abundance, the composer himself remarked, would have been “enough to compose 20 pieces.” And the Op. 22 B-flat major Sonata similarly is in a class all its own, both technically and creatively. This is a work that plays idiosyncratically with the allure of speed and wild accents.

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    Igor Levit

    The pianist Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and began taking piano lessons at the age of three. His family moved to Germany in 1995, where Levit continued his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover before transferring to Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He won four prizes at the Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv in 2005 and was also a victor at Hamamatsu Competition in Japan. Levit soon began performing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Saxon Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. He made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic in 2018 and, in 2019, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. In the 2020-21 season, Levit will be artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and will also be the featured artists at the Essen Philharmonie. He will make his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic under Herbert Blomstedt. Additional plans include concert engagements with the Orchestre de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, and he will go on tour with the Hagen Quartet. Among Levit’s major current projects is the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, the Salzburg Festival, and Musikfest Berlin, as well as in Hamburg, Stockholm, and London. He has also released his recording of the complete set. His other recordings include accounts of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated. Encounter, which contains works by Bach, Brahms, and Feldman, is his latest album and will appear in September 2020. Levit was named recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018, and in 2020 he received the Beethoven Prize for his political engagement.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2011 as the soloist in Scriabin’s Prométhée with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

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