Once in a generation comes a piano virtuoso whose intellect is as brilliant – and compelling – as their fingers. As the Barbican’s Featured Artist, Igor Levit demonstrates every facet of his prowess.
A pianist with ‘tonal allure, intellectual drive and technical brilliance’ (New Yorker), Levit will treat us to three thought-provoking programmes designed to challenge and stimulate.
Igor Levit plays Messiaen and Shostakovich
Everything that Igor Levit plays is worth hearing, but this is something out of the ordinary: our Featured Artist performs a revelatory chamber version of Shostakovich’s haunted final symphony.
Igor Levit plays Beethoven, Bartók and Brahms
Featured Artist Igor Levit gleefully smashes through the bounds of the conventional piano recital, in an absorbing programme placing Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók in electrifying counterpoint.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jansons
The combination of this supremely virtuosic orchestra with Igor Levit’s intelligence and Mariss Jansons’s profound experience should prompt music-making of quite exceptional quality.