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Igor Levit - Bach, Beethoven and Rzewski / WCRB: CD Of the Week

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The Sony Classical release of Pianist Igor Levit's third album - Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski includes Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, and Frederic Rzewski's gigantic cycle on the Chilean revolutionary song ¡El pueblo unido, jamás será vencido!, which has the reputation of being nearly unplayable. Not content with canonized masterpieces, Levit is equally drawn to the physical challenge of Rzewski's virtuosic tightrope walks.

In seven performances from December 7-19 in New York, Levit and iconic visual/performance artist Marina Abramović gave world premiere performances of their collaboration on the Goldberg Variations, which Levit performed live, at the Park Avenue Armory in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall. Abramović re-imagines the concertgoing experience by employing her Abramović Method to explore the relationship between performer and observer, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. This concentrated durational work reflects upon music, time, space, emptiness, and luminosity, with the audience becoming a part of the work.

Levit's Bach, Beethoven, Rzewski is the WCRB: Boston 'CD Of the Week.'