Igor Levit: The Life Album

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Igor Levit: The Life Album
Igor Levit (piano)

[ Sony Classical / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 20 November 2018

After a break of three years, Igor Levit presents a new & highly personal album - Including Bach's Chaconne, Schumann's Ghost Variations, Bill Evans' Peace Piece and Wagner's Liebestod... Hailed by The New York Times as "one of the essential artists of his generation", Gilmore Artist Igor Levit releases a new album after 3 years. The new and highly personal album has been sparked by the tragic death of a close friend. Levit reflects at the keyboard on the experience of loss, hovering between grief and despair, resignation and solace. From JS Bach to Frederic Rzewski: 'Life' effortlessly crosses borders between eras, styles and genres, offering a multitude of new discoveries.


"The way Levit has formed this programme is extraordinarily effective. The Brahms reworking for left hand of Bach's D minor violin Chaconne is a probing, introverted affair, and how effectively Levit can imbue a single line with light and shade...This is a fascinating, compelling set that demands to be heard.." (Gramophone Editor's Choice Nov 2018)

"Igor Levit's latest 2-CD album is a sufficiently epic achievement to make even his finest rivals sound small-minded by comparison. The underlying theme of Life is the journey from the earthly to the seraphic, 'music whose bleak grandeur and melancholy beauty' is lovingly chosen by Levit as solace after the death of a close friend. Igor Levit's Life is as awe-inspiring as it is thought-provoking, crowned by Sony's lavish presentation and outstanding sound." International Piano Five Stars


Busoni: Fantasia nach J S Bach
Bach, J S: Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne
Schumann: Theme with Variations in E flat major WoO 24 ('Geistervariationen')
Rzewski: A Mensch (from Dreams)
Wagner: Parsifal: Solemn March (trans. Liszt)
Liszt: Fantasia and Fugue 'Ad nos, ad salutarem undam' (arr. Busoni)
Wagner: Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)
Busoni: Berceuse (1909) from Elegien
Evans, B: The Peace Piece