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Igor Levit shines in Tanglewood debut with BSO / MassLive

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Making his Tanglewood debut and performing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the first time, pianist Igor Levit hit one out of the park with his performance of Beethoven's third piano concerto in C minor. And I expect we'll hear a lot more about Igor Levit in the future. With conductor David Afkham, who also made his Tanglewood and BSO debut on Sunday afternoon Levit's moment came in the first movement of the Beethoven concerto, he had a good but slightly tentative start. Then again, Levit might have been instructed to play the part this way so who knows how the opening might sound the next time he plays this piece. All I know is his brief hint of hesitation lasted only a few bars. By the end of the first movement, Levit looked and sounded like someone used to performing with one of the world's greatest orchestras.        (Photo by Hilary Scott, courtesy of Tanglewood)