Recital Igor Levit 1

Igor Levit


Thu, 19.08. | 19.30 | No. 211308

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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CHF 120 90 60 30

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 

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    Igor Levit

    Pianist Igor Levit was born in 1987 in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and began his piano training at the age of three. In 1995 the family moved to Germany, where Levit continued his studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Matti Raekallio, and Bernd Goetzke in Hanover before joining Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. He won the 2005 Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, along with the Audience Prize and special prizes for chamber music and contemporary works. Levit soon began appearing with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and the Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. He made his debuts with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouworkest in 2018 and, in 2019, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. During the 2020-21 season, Levit was artist-in-residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in 2021-22 he holds the same position at the Düsseldorf Tonhalle. Levit’s recent major projects include playing the cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, which he has performed at Lucerne Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and Musikfest Berlin, as well as in Hamburg and Stockholm. He has also recorded this Beethoven cycle as well as Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!, among others; his new album On DSCH with Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues will be released in September 2021. The book Hauskonzert, which was published in 2021 and on which he collaborated with journalist Florian Zinnecker, follows the pianist through the course of one year and also sums up his experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. Igor Levit received the Gilmore Artist Award in 2018, and in 2019 he was awarded the Beethoven Prize for his political commitment.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 11 September 2011 as the soloist in Scriabin’s Prométhée with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

    July 2021

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