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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Igor Levit, Piano

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Igor Levit by Robbie Lawrence
Beethoven’s sonatas on this program range from intimate to the colossal. The Op. 14 sonatas have a gentle lyricism, while Op. 22 dazzles with its virtuoso passages and shifting emotional moods. The “Hammerklavier”—the German word for “pianoforte”—is his most expansive and complex sonata. His late creative style is revealed in all its glory with the juxtaposition of titanic power and fragility, dashes of whimsy, a slow movement of immense scope and depth, and—culminating the sonata—a double fugue to rival Bach in the complexity of its counterpoint.

Part of: Keyboard Virtuosos I and Beethoven Celebration

Performers

Igor Levit, Piano

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM

Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major, Op. 14, No. 1

Piano Sonata No. 10 in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2

Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat Major, Op. 22

Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat Major, Op. 106, "Hammerklavier"

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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