Recital Igor Levit 1

Igor Levit


Thu, 19.08. | 19.30 | No. 211308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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Summer Festival

10.08.-12.09. 2021



    Igor Levit  Klavier
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 90
    Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 101
    Piano Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106 Hammerklavier Sonata

    Igor Levit had originally wanted to conclude his grand Beethoven cycle playing all 32 of the composer’s piano sonatas in Lucerne during the anniversary year 2020, but the coronavirus pandemic thwarted his plans. The good news is that this summer he will catch up with the last two installments of the eight-part series – and ascend the “Mount Everest” of piano repertoire with the Hammerklavier Sonata. “It's really a borderline experience in terms of its manual, physical, and emotional demands,” Levit explains. “Not a day goes by that I don't think about this sonata.” But the two works he performs earlier also provide moments of musical bliss. The Op. 90 E minor Sonata, cast in only two movements, beguiles with a rondo that circles merrily around, like an endless melodic loop. Meanwhile, right from the first measure, the A major Sonata, Op. 101, sounds as if it had already begun long before. And its vivid Scherzo, which seems to anticipate Schumann’s Davidsbündler marches, strikes out far into the future.

    With the friendly support of Berthold Herrmann and Dr. Mariann Grawe-Gerber 

    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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