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What have we before us in the form of pianist Igor Levit? Who is this guy? His playing is in every way the equal of any of his contemporaries, set apart from them mainly by an unnamable quality that would rightly be called transcendence, had not Daniil Trifonov's publicists claimed the title. His music-making seems fetched from the beyond and headed back for it, or to it.

Count on his performing some of the repertory on his new CD, "Igor Levit, Life" (Sony) - complex, rarely performed music a concertgoer would do well to get under the belt pre-performance - at his Herbst Theatre recital for San Francisco Performances on November 1. But don't assume it will sound the same.

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