Igor Levit © Felix Broede
Igor Levit © Felix Broede



Introduction to the Concert
with Susanne Stähr (KKL Luzern, Auditorium, in German)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 Eroica, arranged for piano by Franz Liszt


When Igor Levit plays the piano, you sometimes think you are listening to an entire orchestra: the sound is so colourful and multi-faceted. That’s why Levit is just the right person when it comes to translating orchestral works for the piano. At his inaugural Piano Fest in May 2023, he played the Adagio from Mahler’s Tenth Symphony on the 88 black and white keys. This time, however, he will venture into a work long considered unplayable: Franz Liszt’s adaptation of Beethoven’s Sinfonia eroica. Liszt was of course a wizard at the keyboard whose devilish dexterity drove audiences out of their minds. But his transcriptions of Beethoven’s symphonies are far more than virtuoso fodder: Liszt crafted ingenious recreations that, when necessary, reshape the original while at the same time presenting the essential matter. Levit will without doubt share new insights into Beethoven. At the beginning of his program, he will pay tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach with an account of the mighty Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, which, for all its polyphonic artistry, sounds like an improvisation. The late Op. 119 set of Four Pieces by Johannes Brahms, which Levit will then play, likewise suits the mood of improvisation:  monologues at the piano by a composer lost to himself.

Event Venue

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern
Europaplatz 1
CH-6005 Luzern

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