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Igor Levit's response to COVID 19
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On his twitter account: Igor Levit (@igorpianist)

"Empty concert halls. The idea of listening to and experiencing music together is gone - for now. It's necessary, yet so sad."

He goes on to say that he will give private concerts on his twitter feed live every evening 7 pm EST. He doesn't know what repertoire he will play, "we'll see, it's an experiment."

Tonight was the "Waldstein" Sonata.
Sound is not the best, but kudos to him for giving a live performance!

All live concerts in SoCal cancelled, no Disney Concert Hall, no Ahmanson Theatre. eek


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Thanks for sharing this.


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Tonight was a home recital of "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!" a set of variations by Frederic Rzewski, lasting an hour in length.
An appropriate response to COVID 19! Bravo Igor, and what a wonderful performance!

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The time has been corrected on his Twitter feed from 7 pm EST to 7 pm CET


"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin
"I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho

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Thankyou, Dogperson for the update.

Today's twitter broadcast (or "HausKonzert" as Igor calls it) was livestreamed from Munich.
A glorious rendition of Bach's "Chaconne" as arranged by Johannes for the left hand.
Played on a Bosendorfer Concert Grand.
This time there's a clear picture of Igor's hand on the keyboard as he easily negotiates the 10's and arpeggiated 12's and 14's with ease.
Sublime, and so inspiring. He plays this on his "Life" album, I also heard him play it in concert in SoCal 2 years ago, but given the current circumstances, this performance is simply moving.

Thank God for Bach.


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Tonight's "HausKonzert" featured more Beethoven, this time the "Appassionata". After a false start, Igor launches into it with passion and vigor. The sound is not the best, but the performance is pure theatre, replete with a foot stomping 3rd movement. And the finale is taken at a finger busting Presto, just as Beethoven indicates. Levit has been criticized for some of the extreme tempi he takes in his survey of the sonatas, but here it is totally justified.

Past HausKonzerts are available on his twitter feed, just scroll down.


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Originally Posted by BeeZee4
Tonight's "HausKonzert" featured more Beethoven, this time the "Appassionata". After a false start, Igor launches into it with passion and vigor. The sound is not the best, but the performance is pure theatre, replete with a foot stomping 3rd movement. And the finale is taken at a finger busting Presto, just as Beethoven indicates. Levit has been criticized for some of the extreme tempi he takes in his survey of the sonatas, but here it is totally justified.
Agree 100% the tempi seem appropriate. While listening to this, in my mind's eye, I pictured Beethoven himself at the keyboard. Sound quality aside, a spectacular performance, IMHO. Bravo, Igor!

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No Twitter feed tonight. Instead a live stream concert from Munich at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Obviously no audience 😆
Featuring Schumann’s “Songs for the Young” Opus 79 for soprano and baritone
String Quartet #14 G major by Mozart
“Diabelli Variations” opus 120 by Beethoven, performed by Igor Levit

Sound and picture quality is excellent 😜


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Bank in Berlin, tonight's "HauzKonzert" featured more Beethoven, this time the old chestnut "Moonlight" Sonata. Played with the half sostenuto pedal in the opening movement, with a fiery finish in the 3rd movement, taken at a fast clip.

Yesterday's livestream from Munich doesn't appear to be archived, a pity since the "Diabelli Variations" are one of Levit's signature pieces and he played it marvelously. Humor and pathos in equal measure, with a playful, yet transcendent coda as Beethoven morphs the original waltz into a minuet.


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Tonight's musical offering was Schubert's 6 Moments Musicals, op. 94. Igor describes them as 6 miniatures of light and darkness, hope and resignation, followed by the transcendent 6th Moment, which he plays with great care and affection.


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The HausKonzert tonight was a full performance of Schubert's penultimate sonata, the final one in B flat.
What a performance, full of resignation, sadness, yet hope. The 2nd movement was breathtakingly beautiful, full of pathos. Levit was overcome with emotion afterwards, having to pause for a while before launching into the 3rd and 4th movements. Ending with a fiery Presto coda. Not to be missed.


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Still available here, I think just until March 31:
Igor Levit’s Diabelli Variations, starting at about 1:30:25.


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And tonight, Igor shares his gifts yet again with a magnificent reading of my favorite Schubert sonata, the "Great" A major.
From the opening declamatory chords, Schubert takes us on a journey of lyric beauty, melancholy, utter despair and resignation, then lightness and hope, with an ethereal final movement of heavenly grace, ending in triumph. And Igor plays it all beautifully, again overcome with emotion at the end of the slow movement. In this time of isolation, he connects us all with his artistry.


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I had been hoping that Levit would play the Schumann Fantasy in C, and that hope was realized today. Glorious, breathtaking and heavenly sounding. Amazed at the speed, accuracy and power he displays, especially in the coda of the March. I always falter when I get to this difficult portion, one of most challenging passages in all of Schumann's music.
Hoping and praying this pandemic will lessen and bans will be lifted. I have tickets to see him in La Jolla in late May. Alas, that may not happen anytime soon. Everyone please stay safe and healthy.


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Originally Posted by BeeZee4
No Twitter feed tonight. Instead a live stream concert from Munich at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Obviously no audience 😆
Featuring Schumann’s “Songs for the Young” Opus 79 for soprano and baritone
String Quartet #14 G major by Mozart
“Diabelli Variations” opus 120 by Beethoven, performed by Igor Levit

Sound and picture quality is excellent 😜

Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention.

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Tonight Igor shared Shostakovich, Pianos Sonata No. 2 in b minor, op. 61, a wartime sonata. A remarkable work in 3 movements, ending in a theme and variations. Dark, brooding, mysterious.
Levit actually played it twice through, the twitter feed was not functioning the first go around, so he played it again. And would have done so a 3rd time if need be!


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The musical offering tonight was Ludwig's Opus 110, in an incandescent performance. Igor sees it as a "life affirming" experience after the dark pathos of the "Arioso". Beautifully, heartfully rendered.
Amazed at Levit's capacity to play these masterpieces at will, many of them strictly from memory. Granted some of them are in his active repertoire, but many of them are quite long and demanding.


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I am full of admiration for this wonderful enterprise. However, is it very ungrateful to wish that the sound quality was rather better?

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I am full of admiration for this wonderful enterprise. However, is it very ungrateful to wish that the sound quality was rather better?


Wholeheartedly agree. Someone should FedEx or DHL him a Sennheiser microphone.

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A moving recital in tonight's HausKonzert. Selections from Bach as arranged by Busoni, and two original works by Busoni, one of Igor's important composers.
Two beautiful Bach chorales: "Num komm' der Heiden Heiland" and "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", poignantly played (and brought to mind memories of Dinu Lipatti).. I found that these selections are best listened to over headphones by the way.
Followed by "Berceuse" and " Fantasia after J.S. Bach" by Busoni. The latter two written in memory of the composers mother and father who passed away within the space of a few months of each other. Both works also appear on Levit's "Life " album, which is dedicated to Levit's friend who unexpectedly passed away.
Naturally these pieces are very personal to Igor, who takes us on a bittersweet and introspective journey.


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