Life / Igor Levit
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Igor Levit’s new album LIFE, one that is highly personal for him, is an imaginary recital with a vast emotional range - from tender intimacy (Schumann’s “Ghost” Variations, Bill Evans’s “Peace Piece”) to the sublime and monumental (Liszt-Busoni’s “Ad nos”). This celebrated pianist and impassioned intellectual poses as a spirited yet profound guide to regions of music that ask the big questions of human existence – questions about meaning and permanence, inner peace, memory and redemption. On LIFE, Levit reflects at the keyboard on the experience of loss, hovering between grief and despair, resignation and solace. He 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. LIFE effortlessly crosses borders between eras, styles and genres, offering a multitude of new discoveries. More than ever before, you appreciate the individuality and immense curiosity of an artist who has already set standards with some of the supreme masterpieces of Bach and Beethoven.
The way Levit has formed this program is extraordinarily effective. The Brahms reworking for left hand of Bach’s D minor violin Chaconne is a probing, introverted affair; his imbuing of the single, melodic line with light and shade is wonderfully effective. This is a fascinating, compelling set that demands to be heard.
Catalog Number: 88985424452
Label: Sony Masterworks
Composer: Bill Evans, Ferruccio Busoni, Franz Liszt, Frederic Rzewski, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann
Performer: Igor Levit