Igor Levit

ON DSCH

Sony Classical
Release Date: September 9, 2021

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Igor Levit - An interview with BBC New Generation Artist
May It Return To The Heart (Igor Levit, pianist & Hans Ulrich Obrist, curator) | DLD 18
1 Dmitri Shostakovich: 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 / Prelude No. 1 in C Major  
2 Fugue No. 1 in C Major  
3 Prelude No. 2 in A Minor  
4 Fugue No. 2 in A Minor  
5 Prelude No. 3 in G Major  
6 Fugue No. 3 in G Major  
7 Prelude No. 4 in E Minor  
8 Fugue No. 4 in E Minor  
9 Prelude No. 5 in D Major  
10 Fugue No. 5 in D Major  
11 Prelude No. 6 in B Minor  
12 Fugue No. 6 in B Minor  
13 Prelude No. 7 in A Major  
14 Fugue No. 7 in A Major  
15 Prelude No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor  
16 Fugue No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor  
17 Prelude No. 9 in E Major  
18 Fugue No. 9 in E Major  
19 Prelude No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor  
20 Fugue No. 10 in C-Sharp Minor  
21 Prelude No. 11 in B Major  
22 Fugue No. 11 in B Major  
23 Prelude No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor  
24 Fugue No. 12 in G-Sharp Minor  
25 Prelude No. 13 in F-Sharp Major  
26 Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major  
27 Fugue No. 13 in F-Sharp Major  
28 Prelude No. 14 in E-Flat Minor  
29 Fugue No. 14 in E-Flat Minor  
30 Prelude No. 15 in D-Flat Major  
31 Fugue No. 15 in D-Flat Major  
32 Prelude No. 16 in B-Flat Minor  
33 Fugue No. 16 in B-Flat Minor  
34 Prelude No. 17 in A-Flat Major  
35 Fugue No. 17 in A-Flat Major  
36 Prelude No. 18 in F Minor  
37 Fugue No. 18 in F Minor  
38 Prelude No. 19 in E-Flat Major  
39 Fugue No. 19 in E-Flat Major  
40 Prelude No. 20 in C Minor  
41 Fugue No. 20 in C Minor  
42 Prelude No. 21 in B-Flat Major  
43 Fugue No. 21 in B-Flat Major  
44 Prelude No. 22 in G Minor  
45 Fugue No. 22 in G Minor  
46 Prelude No. 23 in F Major  
47 Fugue No. 23 in F Major  
48 Prelude No. 24 in D Minor  
49 Fugue No. 24 in D Minor  
50 Ronald Stevenson: Passacaglia on DSCH / Pars Prima / Sonata allegro  
51 Waltz in rondo-form  
52 Episode  
53 Suite. Prelude - Sarabande - Jig - Sarabande. Minuet - Jig - Gavotte - Polonaise  
54 Passacaglia on DSCH / Pars Prima / Pibroch (Lament for the Children)  
55 Episode. Arabesque Variations  
56 Nocturne  
57 Reverie-Fantasy  
58 Fanfare - Forebodings. Alarm - Glimpse of a War-Vision  
59 Variations on  
60 Symphonic March  
61 Episode  
62 Fandango  
63 Pedal-Point.  
64 Central Episode. Études  
65 Variations in C Minor  
66 Adagio. Tribute to Bach  
67 Triple Fugue over Ground Bass / Subject I. Andamento  
68 Subject II. B A C H  
69 Subject III. Dies Irae (In memoriam the six million)  
70 Final Variations on a Theme Derived from Ground. Adagissimo barocco  
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The new album “On DSCH” by Igor Levit is a 3CD discographic tour de force by “one of the essential artists of our time” (The New York Times). That the self-styled “maximalist” enjoys pushing himself to his limits – intellectually and physically – is well known, but the present project – two key cycles of musical modernism - puts all others in the shade.

Completed in 1951, Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues – a summary of all the major and minor tonalities – lasts some two and a half hours in total, while Ronald Stevenson’s Passacaglia on DSCH, which he completed in 1963, is an unbroken set of variations lasting nearly an hour and a half. The letters DSCH spell out Shostakovich’s musical monogram using their German note names: D–Es–C–H = D–E'–C–B. Levit himself describes the 24 Preludes and Fugues as “a kind of musical diary”: “There is something utterly unique”, he says, “about this combination of warmth, immediacy and pure loneliness. For me, it is a ritual of self-exploration and self-discovery that deals with the most intimate questions.”

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