11 Songs, 1 Hour 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Returning to the studio after a three-year pause, Igor Levit reflects on existence and loss—thoughts prompted by the death of a close friend. Tracing a journey from the music of Bach to that of Frederic Rzewski by way of Schumann, Wagner, Liszt and others, he supports his intellectual and emotional concerns with playing of power and tenderness. Liszt’s “Ad nos” Fantasia and Fugue unfolds with solemn fervour and Wagner’s Liebestod seethes with passion, while Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece” disarms with its simple message, exquisitely coloured by one of the major pianistic talents of our time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Returning to the studio after a three-year pause, Igor Levit reflects on existence and loss—thoughts prompted by the death of a close friend. Tracing a journey from the music of Bach to that of Frederic Rzewski by way of Schumann, Wagner, Liszt and others, he supports his intellectual and emotional concerns with playing of power and tenderness. Liszt’s “Ad nos” Fantasia and Fugue unfolds with solemn fervour and Wagner’s Liebestod seethes with passion, while Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece” disarms with its simple message, exquisitely coloured by one of the major pianistic talents of our time.

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About Igor Levit

Igor Levit is a Russian-born pianist raised in Germany. At age 3, he began playing piano, and after a move to Hanover in 1995 and a brief period of study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, he was enrolled in the High School for Music, Theater, and Media in Hanover. His teachers have included Bernd Goetzke, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, and Matti Raekallio. He has won awards in international competitions and was filmed for a documentary on the music of Franz Liszt. He has appeared as a soloist with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist who exclusively records with Sony.

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