It's not often that classical music critics must preface their performance reviews with a phrase singularly applied to popular television, that being "Spoiler alert." But as it's been reported, artist Marina Abramović and pianist Igor Levit brought to life Bach's "Goldberg Variations" on Monday at the Park Avenue Armory--and to mass appeal.
The young pianist Igor Levit and New York City-based performance artist Marina Abramović will collaborate on an avant-garde presentation of Bach's Goldberg Variations at Park Avenue Armory's Drill Hall in December 2015. As the Armory puts it, the work will reflect on music and will provide an interactive landscape for audience and performer.
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.
Hot on the heels of his late Beethoven sonatas debut disc for Sony Classical, pianist Igor Levit is all set to release a second album featuring his recordings of the partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach (BWV 825-830) on August 25. You'll recall that the 27-year-old Russian-German pianist’s freshman Beethoven made it to No. 46 on Germany's Top 100 album charts.
Five times a charm, or at least it is for Harrison Birtwhistle, who has just won more prizes than anyone else (as he did in December for the British Composer Awards) in the Royal Philharmonic Society's long history. In the just-announced awards, he picked up the gong for Chamber Scale Composition, for The Moth Requiem.
For his debut recording on Sony Classical, pianist Igor Levit chose some of the most challenging repertoire ever written for piano: Beethoven's last five piano sonatas.