Recital Igor Levit 2

Igor Levit


Sun, 23.08. | 17.00 | No. 20643

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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14.08.-23.08. 2020



    Igor Levit  piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 28 Pastoral
    Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 31 no. 1
    Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 27, no. 1 Sonata quasi una fantasia
    Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, no. 2 Sonata quasi una fantasia

    Igor Levit concludes the sixth part of his excursion through the cosmos of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas with the famous Moonlight Sonata. Its nickname, incidentally, did not come from the composer but occurred to the poet Ludwig Rellstab while rowing across Lake Lucerne at night, when the waves gently rippling over the lake reminded him of Beethoven’s music. The first movement in particular, which probably gave Rellstab this idea, is one of Beethoven's best-known pieces. Levit believes that its familiarity fades away the more closely one studies it: “The goal is this: I always try to get back to the beginning,” he explains. “I don’t go onstage to live up to the expectations of the big hit that comes to mind when you say ‘Moonlight Sonata.’” Even in such familiar music, there is still something new to discover. The rest of the program in any case contains less frequently heard surprises, such as the Sonata in G major, Op. 31, no. 1, which Levit considers “crazy” with its “incredibly humor-filled second movement, funny in the best sense of the word and imitation operetta. It’s almost a caricature.”

    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 the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan. Levit soon began performing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest. He made his debuts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival and with the Vienna Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival in 2018 and with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2019. During the 2019-20 season, Levit is the Featured Artist at the Barbican Centre in London, where he will also appear with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons; with the latter he will additionally tour Spain. Levit has just undertaken a European tour with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck. He will also perform Busoni’s Piano Concerto with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Antonio Pappano. Among his major projects is the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he is performing at LUCERNE FESTIVAL in 2019-20; the complete set was released in September. Igor Levit has also recorded Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!. He received Gramophone’s awards for Recording of the Year and Best Instrumental Recording in 2016. Levit was named the recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2011 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski performing Scriabin’s Prométhée; most recent appearance on 23 November 2016 playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

    October 2019

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