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Melissa Bradshaw

Igor Levit announces release of complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas recording

2:57, 9th April 2019

Igor Levit has announced the release of his complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas recording together with concert dates for a full cycle of the sonatas at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie later this year.

The award-winning pianist, who recently received the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award and was named Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year, has completed his recording of all 32 sonatas by Beethoven for release in September 2019 – the first in a series of planned initiatives by Sony Classical to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020..

Levit says: ‘For me, this recording is a conclusion of my past fifteen years. The literally life-changing encounter with the Diabelli Variations at the age of 17, which is effectively still ongoing, the daily engagement with Beethoven’s sonatas, with Beethoven as a person, with myself and the world in which I live – all that has led to this recording. What I started in 2013 with the last five sonatas, I can now conclude. It fills me with great happiness and at the same time feels like a new beginning.’

Managing director at Sony Classical, Per Hauber, says: ‘Every release of Igor Levit is an event in itself. That this major release is now spearheading the Beethoven anniversary celebrations will, we anticipate, launch the global festivities commemorating one of humanity’s most important artistic figures. To accompany Igor Levit on this long and wonderful path to his complete recording of the Beethoven Sonatas was an unforgettable experience for all of us at Sony Classical.’

Levit will perform cycles of the full Beethoven Sonatas in the coming season in Hamburg and Lucerne, with further cities and dates to be announced.



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