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Igor Levit - Beethoven piano sonatas

Live from Wigmore Hall in London, Igor Levit concludes a season-long cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas. With No 30 in E, Op 109; No 31 in A flat, Op 110; No 32 in C minor, Op 111.

Live from Wigmore Hall, London, Igor Levit concludes his season-long cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas with the composer's last three sonatas.

Introduced by Martin Handley.

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in E, Op 109
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A flat, Op 110
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 111

Igor Levit (piano)

Former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Igor Levit and still in his late twenties, has been hailed as 'one of the most probing, intelligent and accomplished artists of the new generation' (New York Times), and 'set to be one of this century's big names' (Daily Telegraph). His concert cycle of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall began last September, and concludes tonight with three of the greatest (also the three last) - the intimate and serene E major Op 109, the brooding but ultimately triumphant A flat major Op 110, and the transcendental, almost mystical C minor, Op 111.

'One imagines Beethoven playing it like this - in his dreams anyway'. (The Times)

Following tonight's concert, there's an opportunity to hear Igor Levit and the Signum Quartet perform Schumann's Piano Quintet in E flat major, in a recording made specially for BBC Radio 3.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.30 in E major, Op.109

    Performer: Igor Levit.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.31 in A flat major, Op.110

    Performer: Igor Levit.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor, Op.111

    Performer: Igor Levit.
  • Post-concert

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano quintet in E flat major Op.44

      Ensemble: Signum Quartet. Performer: Igor Levit.

      BBC recording

    • Claude Debussy

      Preludes Book 1 (selection)

      Performer: Igor Levit.

      BBC recording

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cantata no. 51 BWV.51 (Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen)

      Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Harry Bicket.
      • Bach Cantatas.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • HMU807550.

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