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Levit: Bach – Goldberg Variations, Beethoven – Diabelli Variations, Rzewski (24/96 FLAC)

Levit: Bach - Goldberg Variations, Beethoven - Diabelli Variations, Rzewski (24/96 FLAC)

Levit: Bach – Goldberg Variations, Beethoven – Diabelli Variations, Rzewski (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Rzewski
Performer: Igor Levit
Number of Discs: 3
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Sony
Release: 2015
Size: 3.02 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Disc 01
Johann Sebastian Bach:
Goldberg Variations, BWV988
01. Aria
02. Var. 1 a 1 Clav.
03. Var. 2 a 1 Clav.
04. Var. 3 – Canone all’ Unisono a 1 Clav.
05. Var. 4 a 1 Clav.
06. Var. 5 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
07. Var. 6 – Canone alla Seconda a 1 Clav.
08. Var. 7 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav. Al tempo di Giga
09. Var. 8 a 2 Clav.
10. Var. 9 – Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
11. Var. 10 – Fughetta a 1 Clav.
12. Var. 11 a 2 Clav.
13. Var. 12 – Canone alla Quarta
14. Var. 13 a 2 Clav.
15. Var. 14 a 2 Clav.
16. Var. 15 – Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav. Andante
17. Var. 16 – Ouverture a 1 Clav.
18. Var. 17 a 2 Clav.
19. Var. 18 – Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
20. Var. 19 a 1 Clav.
21. Var. 20 a 2 Clav.
22. Var. 21 – Canone alla Settima
23. Var. 22 a 1 Clav. Alla breve
24. Var. 23 a 2 Clav.
25. Var. 24 – Canone all’ Ottava a 1 Clav.
26. Var. 25 a 2 Clav.
27. Var. 26 a 2 Clav.
28. Var. 27 – Canone alla Nona a 2 Clav.
29. Var. 28 a 2 Clav.
30. Var. 29 a 1 ovvero 2 Clav.
31. Var. 30 – Quodlibet a 1 Clav.
32. Aria da capo

Disc 2
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
01. Tema. Vivace
02. Var. 1 – Alla Marcia maestoso
03. Var. 2 – Poco allegro
04. Var. 3 – L’istesso tempo
05. Var. 4 – Un poco più vivace
06. Var. 5 – Allegro vivace
07. Var. 6 – Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
08. Var. 7 – Un poco più allegro
09. Var. 8 – Piu vivace
10. Var. 9 – Allegro pesante e risoluto
11. Var. 10 – Presto
12. Var. 11 – Allegretto
13. Var. 12 – Un poco più moto
14. Var. 13 – Vivace
15. Var. 14 – Grave e maestoso
16. Var. 15 – Presto scherzando
17. Var. 16 – Allegro
18. Var. 17
19. Var. 18 – Poco moderato
20. Var. 19 – Presto
21. Var. 20 – Andante
22. Var. 21 – Allegro con brio, Meno allegro, Tempo I
23. Var. 22 – Allegro molto (alla “Notte e giorno faticar” di Mozart)
24. Var. 23 – Allegro assai
25. Var. 24 – Fughetta. Andante
26. Var. 25 – Allegro
27. Var. 26
28. Var. 27 – Vivace
29. Var. 28 – Allegro
30. Var. 29 – Adagio ma non troppo
31. Var. 30 – Andante, sempre cantabile
32. Var. 31 – Largo, molto espressivo
33. Var. 32 – Fuga. Allegro, Poco adagio
34. Var. 33 – Tempo di Menuetto moderato (ma non tirarsi dietro)

Disc 3
Frederic Rzewski:
The People United Will Never Be Defeated!
01. Thema. With determination
02. Var. 1 – Weaving, delicate but firm
03. Var. 2 – With firmness
04. Var. 3 – Slightly slower, with expressive nuances
05. Var. 4 – Marcato, with determination
06. Var. 5 – Dreamlike, frozen, a little slower, Tempo
07. Var. 6 – Same tempo as beginning, Slower, Tempo, Slower
08. Var. 7 – Tempo (Lightly, impatiently)
09. Var. 8 – With agility, not too much pedal, crisp
10. Var. 9 – Evenly
11. Var. 10 – Comodo, recklessly
12. Var. 11 – Tempo I. Like fragments of an absent melody, in strict time
13. Var. 12
14. Var. 13
15. Var. 14 – A bit faster, optimistically
16. Var. 15 – Flexible, like an improvisation
17. Var. 16 – Same tempo as preceding, with fluctuations, much pedal, expansive, with a victorious feeling
18. Var. 17 – Left hand strictly. Right hand freely, roughly in space
19. Var. 18
20. Var. 19 – With energy
21. Var. 20 – Crisp, precise
22. Var. 21 – Relentless, uncompromising
23. Var. 22 – Very expressionate
24. Var. 23 – As fast as possible, with some rubato
25. Var. 24
26. Var. 25
27. Var. 26 – In a militant manner
28. Var. 27 – Tenderly, with a hopeful expression, Cadenza, Fiercely
29. Var. 28
30. Var. 29
31. Var. 30
32. Var. 31
33. Var. 32
34. Var. 33
35. Var. 34
36. Var. 35
37. Var. 36 – Improvisation
38. Thema. Tempo I

Following his landmark recordings, “Beethoven – The Late Piano Sonatas” and “Bach – Partitas”, both of which has won him international acclaim, Igor Levit is now tackling another three major works: Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski’s Variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated”.

It is testament to Igor Levit’s invention and the command of his repertoire that in one release he is able to combine arguably two of history’s greatest sets of variations for the keyboard, complete alongside a classic of late 20th century piano music by contemporary composer Frederic Rzewski.

Levit comes with great pedigree when it comes to recording the works of Bach and Beethoven, with his 2013 Beethoven disc winning him the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year 2014 Award, the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Young Artist Award 2014 and the ECHO 2014 for Solo Recording of the Year. His second recording, J.S. Bach’s Six Partitas in 2014, was Gramophone’s Disc of the Month.

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