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 melancholyRead more 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.
Peace Pieceby Bill Evans Performer:
Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: 20th Century Written: USA
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
A young pianist breathes life into the music.February 5, 2019By Howard Haimes (Arlington, VA)See All My Reviews"Igor Levit is on a roll, with many fine recordings. Indeed it is refreshing to hear him standard repertoire with new meaning. His interpretations are both meaningful, but not staid. His playing of Wagner and Bach seal his place as a current standard-bearer of young novel interpreters. I thoroughly enjoy this among others in my collection."Report Abuse
Heartfelt recitalNovember 29, 2018By Michael P. (San Francisco, CA)See All My Reviews"This is an excellent traversal of pieces, known and somewhat unknown. Levit's playing is uniformly outstanding, never going over the top in even the most difficult passages. You don't need to know that this collection was assembled as a reflection on the death of a close friend of his, but it does make for a different and more intense listening experience. But the music stands on its own, too."Report Abuse