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

    Pianist Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and began his piano training at the age of three. In 1995 the family moved to Germany, where Levit continued his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover before joining Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He won the 2005 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, along with the Audience Prize and special prizes for chamber music and contemporary works. Levit soon began appearing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. He made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouworkest in 2018 and, in 2019, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the 2020-21 season, Levit was artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2021-22 he holds the same position at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle. Levit’s recent major projects include playing the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he has performed at Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and Musikfest Berlin, as well as in Hamburg and Stockholm. He has also recorded this Beethoven cycle as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, among others; his new album On DSCH with Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues will be released in September 2021. The book Hauskonzert, which was published in 2021 and on which he collaborated with journalist Florian Zinnecker, follows the pianist through the course of one year and also sums up his experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Igor Levit received the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018, and in 2019 he was awarded the Beethoven Prize for his political commitment.

    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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