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Igor Levit delivers with precision and focus at Wigmore Hall / theartsdesk review

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Igor Levit began his recording career with Beethoven's last three piano sonatas, and his deeply felt, impressively mature readings made his name. Now he is performing a full cycle at the Wigmore Hall, and his take on the earlier sonatas turns out to be very much in the same spirit. There is little sense of Classical reserve in Levit's early Beethoven; instead everything is performed in an intensely expressive style. It's impulsive and unpredictable, with huge contrasts of dynamic and tempo. Sometimes the results feel counterintuitive, but they are always compelling.

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