EXCLUSIVE: Watch Igor Levit Play J.S. Bach; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major (BWV 825) - I. Praeludium [VIDEO]

By Logan K. Young on Aug 27, 2014 12:06 PM EDT

Just like we promised we would, Classicalite's A.V. Club is pleased to present the premiere of Russian-German pianist Igor Levit's "music video" for Bach's first partita.

Featuring Levit playing the prelude on a beautiful Steinway--in a grand concert hall--you get all the intimate intricacies of Baroque counterpoint warmly captured in Sony Classical's always fidelis sound.

It's nearly two minutes of Levit, fresh from perfecting the late Beethoven sonatas, at his finest. Subtle, never rushing, do check out this exclusive footage.

"Everything comes together, inwardly and programmatically. I can see light at the end of the tunnel, and that's where I want to go. Since then, I've felt immensely relaxed."

Not that it wasn't difficult preparing ALL of Bach's partitas (BWV 825-830, in fact) for Sony here.

"It's true that I had to struggle with every note from the Bach just like with Beethoven--but this time I enjoyed the struggle. For me, playing the partitas was a wonderful kind of…"

"Well," Levit exclaims, "there was no alternative."

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