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Bach: Partitas BWV 825-830 / Igor Levit, piano

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 (BC L6)
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Notes & Reviews:

For the last four years, Igor Levit's name has been the first to be mentioned whenever there has been talk of the most exciting of the younger generation of pianists. What is so surprising about Levit is not only the maturity of his interpretations, but his boundless appetite for new repertoire of works as difficult and demanding as possible. Following his landmark recording, Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas, for which he has won international acclaim, Levit is again tackling another complex and difficult major work, J.S. Bach's six partitas. Written between 1726 and 1730, the partitas BWV 825-830 are considered one of Bach's masterpieces and are among the most difficult and challenging works for piano. Igor has studied Bach's work extensively and has reached a deep understanding of the partitas allowing him to play them with such emotionality and musical "thirst" that this recording will be a benchmark for all other pianists.

Igor Levit has received international acclaim since he appeared as the youngest artist ever at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in 2005, where he won four awards. Born in Russia, Levit moved to Germany with his family at the age of eight. He is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, where he achieved the highest grades in the academy's history.

The New Yorker
Playing of technical brilliance, tonal allure, intellectual drive, and an elusive quality that the Germans indicate with the word innigkeit, or inwardness.

London Telegraph
He is set to be one of this century's biggest names.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
I have no quarrels with his playing on the virtuosic side of the spectrum, either; the Gigue from Partita 5 is a bear to play, especially at a fast tempo (I've been experimenting recently with slower ones). Here the counterpoint is clear and the musical lines controlled and beautiful. Sony's sound is great. This release takes its place alongside David Korevaar's performance for MSR (July/Aug 2013) as my top two choices for this music on the piano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3)
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5)
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 (BC L6)
  • Performer: Igor Levit (Piano)
  • Notes: Funkhaus Nalepastraáe, Saal 1, Berlin (2014-01-23_2014-01-26&2014-)
  • Running Time: 33 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731