Igor Levit presents his first new album in 3 years; Released 5th Oct 2018
Sparked by the tragic death of a close friend, Levit reflects at the keyboard on the experience of loss, the state of hovering between grief and despair, of resignation and of solace
Includes Bach’s Chaconne, Schumann’s Ghost Variations, Bill Evans’ Peace Piece and Wagner’s Liebestod
From Bach to Frederic Rzewski: LIFE effortlessly crosses borders between eras, styles and genres, offering a multitude of new discoveries from Schumann’s ‘Ghost’ Variations and Bill Evans’ Peace Piece to the sublime and monumental Liszt-Busoni’s Ad nos.
Gilmore Artist Igor Levit enjoys a wide popularity within the arts scene and collaborated with Marina Abramovic on a performance piece of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations.
ABOUT THE RECORDING
Igor Levit loves the big, complex, physically demanding challenges. It’s not for nothing that he calls himself a “maximalist”. His first three releases on Sony, all rousingly acclaimed, took the measure of some of the towering works of the core repertoire: Beethoven’s late piano sonatas, Bach’s six partitas and the three most imposing sets of variations in music history.
Now comes a highly personal and deliberately associative album: an imaginary recital with a vast emotional range. This celebrated pianist and impassioned intellectual poses as a spirited yet profound guide to regions of music that pose the big questions of human existence – questions about meaning and permanence, inner peace, memory and redemption. Levit has chosen works whose bleak grandeur and melancholy beauty have occupied him for years. Each of them is a tribute to the virtuosic potential of the piano. Poetic moments of quiet contemplation confront life-affirming, highly sensual music of immediate spellbinding physicality.
Levit’s deliberately subjective selection extends from 1720 to 2012, from Bach to Frederic Rzewski. More than ever before, we can appreciate the individuality and immense curiosity of a 31-year-old artist who has already set standards with some of the supreme masterpieces of Bach and Beethoven.