Igor Levit: Life | Sony 88985424452

Igor Levit: Life


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Label: Sony

Cat No: 88985424452

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 5th October 2018



After a break of three years, Igor Levit presents a new and highly personal album – including Bach’s Chaconne, Schumann’s Ghost Variations, Bill Evans’s Peace Piece and Wagner’s Liebestod...

Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the essential artists of his generation”, Gilmore Artist Igor Levit releases a new album after three years. The new and highly personal album has been sparked by the tragic death of a close friend. Levit reflects at the keyboard on the experience of loss, hovering between grief and despair, resignation and solace. From JS Bach to Frederic Rzewski: ‘Life’ effortlessly crosses borders between eras, styles and genres, offering a multitude of new discoveries.


Igor Levit likes to deal with big subjects, whether it’s late Beethoven or supreme Bach. Now he addresses something bigger still: life and death itself; though the set is titled ‘Life’, looking at the works list, you might be forgiven for thinking that ‘Death’ would have been a more apt name. ... The resulting pair of discs are a formidable, perhaps even forbidding prospect and they demand intense concentration. ... This is a fascinating, compelling set that demands to be heard.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone November 2018
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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