Igor Levit Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski

Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski

Igor Levit

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Released on October 9, 2015 by Sony Classical

Main artist: Igor Levit

Genre: Classical

Distinctions: Gramophone Record of the Year (September 2016) - 5 de Diapason (February 2016) - 4 étoiles Classica (December 2015)

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Album : 3 disks - 104 tracks Total length : 03:12:55

    DISC 1
    Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  1. 1 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Aria

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  2. 2 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 1 a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  3. 3 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 2 a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  4. 4 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 3 - Canone all' Unisono a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  5. 5 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 4 a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  6. 6 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  7. 7 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 6 - Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  8. 8 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. Al tempo di Giga

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  9. 9 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 8 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  10. 10 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 9 - Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  11. 11 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 10 - Fughetta a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  12. 12 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 11 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  13. 13 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 12 - Canone alla Quarta

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  14. 14 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 13 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  15. 15 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 14 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  16. 16 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 15 - Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav. Andante

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  17. 17 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 16 - Ouverture a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  18. 18 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 17 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  19. 19 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 18 - Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  20. 20 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 19 a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  21. 21 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 20 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  22. 22 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 21 - Canone alla Settima

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  23. 23 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  24. 24 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 23 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  25. 25 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 24 - Canone all' Ottava a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  26. 26 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 25 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  27. 27 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 26 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  28. 28 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 27 - Canone alla Nona a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  29. 29 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 28 a 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  30. 30 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  31. 31 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Var. 30 - Quodlibet a 1 Clav.

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  32. 32 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 - Aria with 30 Variations: Aria da capo

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  33. DISC 2
    Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
  34. 1 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Tema. Vivace

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  35. 2 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 1 - Alla Marcia maestoso

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  36. 3 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 2 - Poco allegro

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  37. 4 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 3 - L'istesso tempo

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  38. 5 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 4 - Un poco più vivace

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  39. 6 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 5 - Allegro vivace

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  40. 7 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 6 - Allegro ma non troppo e serioso

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  41. 8 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 7 - Un poco più allegro

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  42. 9 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 8 - Piu vivace

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  43. 10 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 9 - Allegro pesante e risoluto

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  44. 11 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 10 - Presto

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  45. 12 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 11 - Allegretto

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  46. 13 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 12 - Un poco più moto

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  47. 14 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 13 - Vivace

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  48. 15 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 14 - Grave e maestoso

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  49. 16 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 15 - Presto scherzando

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  50. 17 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 16 - Allegro

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  51. 18 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 17

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  52. 19 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 18 - Poco moderato

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  53. 20 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 19 - Presto

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  54. 21 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 20 - Andante

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  55. 22 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 21 - Allegro con brio, Meno allegro, Tempo I

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  56. 23 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 22 - Allegro molto (alla "Notte e giorno faticar" di Mozart)

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  57. 24 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 23 - Allegro assai

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  58. 25 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 24 - Fughetta. Andante

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  59. 26 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 25 - Allegro

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  60. 27 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 26

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  61. 28 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 27 - Vivace

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  62. 29 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 28 - Allegro

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  63. 30 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 29 - Adagio ma non troppo

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  64. 31 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 30 - Andante, sempre cantabile

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  65. 32 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 31 - Largo, molto espressivo

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  66. 33 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 32 - Fuga. Allegro, Poco adagio

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  67. 34 Diabelli Variations - 33 Variations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli, Op. 120: Var. 33 - Tempo di Menuetto moderato (ma non tirarsi dietro)

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  68. DISC 3
    The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido! (Frederic Rzewski)
  69. 1 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Thema. With determination

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  70. 2 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 1 - Weaving, delicate but firm

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  71. 3 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 2 - With firmness

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  72. 4 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 3 - Slightly slower, with expressive nuances

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  73. 5 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 4 - Marcato, with determination

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  74. 6 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 5 - Dreamlike, frozen, a little slower, Tempo

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  75. 7 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 6 - Same tempo as beginning, Slower, Tempo, Slower

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  76. 8 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 7 - Tempo (Lightly, impatiently)

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  77. 9 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 8 - With agility, not too much pedal, crisp

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  78. 10 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 9 - Evenly

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  79. 11 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 10 - Comodo, recklessly

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  80. 12 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 11 - Tempo I. Like fragments of an absent melody, in strict time

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  81. 13 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 12

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  82. 14 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 13

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  83. 15 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 14 - A bit faster, optimistically

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  84. 16 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 15 - Flexible, like an improvisation

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  85. 17 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 16 - Same tempo as preceding, with fluctuations, much pedal, expansive, with a victorious feeling

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  86. 18 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 17 - Left hand strictly. Right hand freely, roughly in space

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  87. 19 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 18

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  88. 20 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 19 - With energy

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  89. 21 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 20 - Crisp, precise

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  90. 22 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 21 - Relentless, uncompromising

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  91. 23 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 22 - Very expressionate

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  92. 24 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 23 - As fast as possible, with some rubato

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  93. 25 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 24

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  94. 26 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 25

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  95. 27 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 26 - In a militant manner

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  96. 28 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 27 - Tenderly, with a hopeful expression, Cadenza, Fiercely

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  97. 29 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 28

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  98. 30 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 29

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  99. 31 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 30

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  100. 32 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 31

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  101. 33 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 32

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  102. 34 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 33

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  103. 35 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 34

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  104. 36 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 35

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  105. 37 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Var. 36 - Improvisation

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

  106. 38 The People United Will Never Be Defeated! - 36 Variations on ¡El pueblo unido jamás será vencido!: Thema. Tempo I

    Igor Levit, Main Artist, Piano - Frederic Rzewski, Composer - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Recording Engineer

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The pianist Igor Levit has shown an inclination toward big virtuoso repertory: Liszt, Bach, the late Beethoven sonatas. Nothing he has done, however, is comparable to this giant effort, comprising three ambitious and extremely difficult variation sets. The amount of preparation involved is mind-boggling in itself, and what's more, Levit has knitted the three works together with a common style that's extremely precise and unobscured by pedal. You could buy the set for the Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Op. 120, alone, really; Levit offers a clean, probing reading that's not without a good deal of humor. The odd work out here is doubtless The People United Will Never Be Defeated, a set of variations by American composer Frederic Rzewski on the Chilean folk song El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. This work, despite its difficulties and despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it has never quite fit the agendas of either modernists or neo-Romantics, has persisted for 40 years in the imaginations of players and audiences, and Levit makes a good case for its inclusion in the august environment in which he places it here. The works form a persuasive chain: Beethoven clearly knew Bach's variation set with its transfigured return to the theme at the end, and Rzewski's was explicitly modeled on Beethoven, with a big fugue at the end and a uniquely stretchy conception of the theme. Sony backs up Levit with crystal-clear studio sound, which was what was needed despite the pianist's Romantic virtuoso qualities. Strongly recommended.

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