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Bach: Partitas / Igor Levit

Bach / Levit,Igor
Release Date: 08/25/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 307630  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



For the last four years, IGOR LEVIT’s name has been the first to be mentioned whenever there has been talk of the most exciting of the younger generation of pianists. What is so surprising about Levit is not only the maturity of his interpretations, but his boundless appetite for new repertoire of works as difficult and demanding as possible. Following his landmark recording, Beethoven – The Late Piano Sonatas, for which he has won international acclaim, Levit is again tackling another complex and difficult major work, J.S. Bach’s six partitas. Written between 1726 and 1730, the partitas BWV 825-830 are considered one of Bach’s masterpieces and are among the most difficult
Read more and challenging works for piano. Igor has studied Bach’s work extensively and has reached a deep understanding of the partitas allowing him to play them with such emotionality and musical “thirst” that this recording will be a benchmark for all other pianists.

Igor Levit has received international acclaim since he appeared as the youngest artist ever at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2005, where he won four awards. Born in Russia, Levit moved to Germany with his family at the age of eight. He is a graduate of the Hochschule fur Musik in Hannover, where he achieved the highest grades in the academy’s history.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
4.
Partita for Keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
6.
Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Levit (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

I. Praeludium
II. Allemande
III. Corrente
IV. Sarabande
V. Menuet I & II
VI. Gigue
I. Sinfonia
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Sarabande
V. Rondeaux
VI. Capriccio
I. Ouverture
II. Allemande
III. Courante
IV. Aria
V. Sarabande
VI. Menuet
VII. Gigue
I. Fantasia
II. Allemande
III. Corrente
IV. Sarabande
V. Burlesca
VI. Scherzo
VII. Gigue
I. Praeambulum
II. Allemande
III. Corrente
IV. Sarabande
V. Tempo di Minuetto
VI. Passepied
VII. Gigue
I. Toccata
II. Allemande
III. Corrente
IV. Air
V. Sarabande
VI. Tempo di Gavotta
VII. Gigue
VII. Gigue
VII. Gigue

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 Good but not best March 12, 2015 By J. Hart (Albany, NY) See All My Reviews "The keyboard partitas are among my favorite secular compositions by Bach. I am particularly drawn to Partita 4. Levit's performance is fine, but it lacks the emotional depth that I expect from a top-notch performer. I much prefer Angela Hewitt's and Jeremy Denk's recordings. One reviewer suggested that Levit's recording is akin to Gould's. While unlike Gould's, Levit's does not leave me with a headache, it does not draw me back to listen repeatedly as do Hewitt's and Denk's." Report Abuse
 The Glenn Gould Successor October 1, 2014 By FRANK G PERROTTA (POINCIANA, FL) See All My Reviews "I was absolutely shocked as to Igor Levit's handling of these Bach Partitas. It really sounded like he stepped into the aurora of Glenn Gould. I will certainly wait and watch for all his future recordings." Report Abuse
 Fantastic! September 11, 2014 By Christian  B. (Price, UT) See All My Reviews "Sound quality is superb. This is rich, beautiful music played crisply with precision and care. I have been playing these discs non stop over the last week and find that each partita is unique and never repetitive of the others. Further there is a great variety of expression within each one. This is endlessly refreshing and joyful music making." Report Abuse
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