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Encounter

Igor Levit

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The latest album ‘Encounter’ by the German-Russian pianist is a particularly astonishing one, blending the diverse works of great composers such as Bach, Brahms and Morton Feldman. While the 2020 health crisis, due to the covid19 virus, has caused great anxiety among the general population it has also ignited the imagination of artists and musicians alike. Locked down in his apartment like so many us, the pianist Igor Levitt broadcasted a daily, live performance on his social media, even going as far as playing a 20 hour piece, Vexations by Erik Satie. ‘Encounter’, the product of Levitt’s self-isolation during lockdown, brings together an intelligent and pleasing array of composers. From Bach arranged by Busoni at the Palais de Mari, or the latest work from Morton Feldman for solo piano, to Brahms arranged by Reger, these are intimate connections between composers, as much as they are moments of solidarity at a time or great loneliness and isolation. Levitt’s poignant introspection and devotion to humanity shines throughout his album. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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10 Chorale Preludes, BV B 27 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
No. 1, Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

2
No. 2, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
00:03:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

3
No. 3, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
00:04:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

4
No. 4, Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein, BWV 734
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

5
No. 5, Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
00:03:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

6
No. 6, Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 617
00:02:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

7
No. 7a, Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

8
No. 7b, Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt. Fuga, BWV 705
00:05:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

9
No. 8, In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
00:02:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

10
No. 9, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665
00:06:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

6 Chorale Preludes, BV B 50 (Johannes Brahms)

11
Herzlich tut mich erfreuen, Op. 122/4
00:02:56

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

12
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Op. 122/5
00:02:26

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

13
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen, Op. 122/8
00:02:11

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

14
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 122/9
00:01:39

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

15
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, Op. 122/10
00:03:01

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

16
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen, Op. 122/11
00:03:07

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

DISC 2

Vier ernste Gesänge (Johannes Brahms)

1
Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh, Op. 121/1
00:04:48

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Max Reger, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

2
Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle, Op. 121/2
00:03:31

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Max Reger, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

3
O Tod, wie bitter bist du, Op. 121/3
00:04:52

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Max Reger, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

4
Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen redete, Op. 121/4
00:04:57

Johannes Brahms, Composer - Max Reger, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

5
Nachtlied, Op. 138/3 (Transcription for Piano)
00:03:05

Max Reger, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer - Julian Becker, Transcriber

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

6
Palais de Mari
00:28:46

Morton Feldman, Composer - Igor Levit, Piano, MainArtist - Andreas Neubronner, Producer, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer

(P) 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

The latest album ‘Encounter’ by the German-Russian pianist is a particularly astonishing one, blending the diverse works of great composers such as Bach, Brahms and Morton Feldman. While the 2020 health crisis, due to the covid19 virus, has caused great anxiety among the general population it has also ignited the imagination of artists and musicians alike. Locked down in his apartment like so many us, the pianist Igor Levitt broadcasted a daily, live performance on his social media, even going as far as playing a 20 hour piece, Vexations by Erik Satie. ‘Encounter’, the product of Levitt’s self-isolation during lockdown, brings together an intelligent and pleasing array of composers. From Bach arranged by Busoni at the Palais de Mari, or the latest work from Morton Feldman for solo piano, to Brahms arranged by Reger, these are intimate connections between composers, as much as they are moments of solidarity at a time or great loneliness and isolation. Levitt’s poignant introspection and devotion to humanity shines throughout his album. © François Hudry/Qobuz

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