Recital Igor Levit 2

Igor Levit


Mon, 23.08. | 19.30 | No. 211320

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 major, Op. 109
    Piano Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 110
    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

    Igor Levit’s grand Beethoven cycle arrives at its final destination here: with the last three sonatas, which have attained mythic status. Beethoven composed them when he was already completely deaf – when he himself could no longer hear what he had achieved. This was no more and no less than a renewal and readjustment of his own art. In the E major sonata, according to Levit, he “reinvented the form of the variations” using a world-weary Sarabande, which he at times varies like a Bach invention, but at others with a melodic freedom that brings Chopin to mind. The A-flat major Sonata, Op. 110, reflects a process of recovery: an instrumental lament, the “Arioso dolente,” gives way to a light fugue that ascends into jubilation at the end – “pure happiness,” as Levit puts it. And with the C minor Sonata, Op. 111, according to Thomas Mann in his novel Doktor Faustus, the fate of the entire genre seems to have reached its fulfillment. A hymn-like chant resounds at the end, flowing in ever greater ecstasy and redeemed from all earthly burdens.

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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.

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