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Igor Levit piano

Encore

Der Dichter spricht (Kinderszenen, op. 15, n°13) Robert Schumann

Programme

Chaconne (Violin Partita no. 2, BWV 1004, transcr. for piano by J. Brahms) Johann Sebastian Bach
Fantasia (after J.S. Bach, BV 253) Ferruccio Busoni
Thema mit Variationen, WoO24, "Geistervariationen" Robert Schumann
Solemn march to the Holy Grail from Parsifal, S. 450 (transcr. for piano by F. Liszt) Richard Wagner
Fantasie and Fugue on the choral "Ad nos, ad salutarem undam" (transcr. for piano by F. Busoni) Franz Liszt


Igor Levit has a close partnership with BOZAR. After treating us to the complete Beethoven sonatas in 2016-2018, the German-Russian pianist offers us a journey throughout the ages, with Bach as point of departure. Schumann, Liszt and Busoni: all three were raised on the cantor’s music and paid tribute to him in music. As an intrepid pianist, Igor Levit is not afraid of a challenge, not even if it involves performing Parsifal on the piano! He has thus given Liszt’s arrangement its orchestral dimension and Wagner’s music its characteristic brilliance, and on the Steinway that he himself chose for BOZAR nonetheless!