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Igor Levit's Southern California debut Tuesday night was a moderately attended recital in Beverly Hills at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1987, Levit has garnered impressive reviews. But with so many fine Russians ever coming down the pipeline, one can get little blasé. 

Levit began his mostly conventional program with Bach's First Partita and with exquisite liquidity in his playing, Levit is modern, levitating Bach. He uses the pedal with great finesse to create a subtle lyrical flow, rather than attempt to achieve the effect of harpsichord clarity. He has a magical way with inner lines, which he causes to appear like stunning tropical fish swimming in an exotic, clear blue sea. But he's got rhythm. This was Bach with an almost jazzy character.  

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