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 fervor and Wagner’s Liebestod seethes with passion, while Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece” disarms with its simple message, exquisitely colored by one of the major pianistic talents of our time.

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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 fervor and Wagner’s Liebestod seethes with passion, while Bill Evans’ “Peace Piece” disarms with its simple message, exquisitely colored by one of the major pianistic talents of our time.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Ale fed ,

Lugubrious

Levity is a great pianist but this is a downer program.

Unauthorizedbeast ,

Why?

A sampler of "dark"-themed excerpts? Why waste a contract title on something besides real repertoire? Maybe SONY demanded a "silk road"-style crossover-appeal-baiting mashup to squeeze $$ from those who like "piano music"-for-crying. How sad. I'm sure Levit's integral Beethoven sonata cycle will be cleansing and up to his usual standard of excellence. Smile!

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