Igor Levit – On DSCH - Part 2: Stevenson - 2021 Audiophile Modern Classical - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP

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Igor Levit - On DSCH - Part 2: Stevenson 
Label: Sony Classical – 19439903681
2 x Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Stereo, 180 Gram
Barcode: 194399036815
Country: Europe
Released: Feb 4, 2022
Genre: Classical
Style: Modern, Post-Modern
Passacaglia On DSCH, Pars Prima
Composed By – Ronald Stevenson
A1 Sonata Allegro 6:38
A2 Waltz In Rondo-Form 2:20
A3 Episode 1:10
A4 Suite. Prelude - Sarabande - Jig - Sarabande - Minuet - Jig - Gavotte - Polonaise 12:19
B1 Pibroch (Lament For The Children) 2:48
B2 Arabesque Variations 0:42
B3 Nocturne 2:00
Passacaglia On DSCH, Pars Altera
Composed By – Ronald Stevenson
B4 Reverie-Fantasy 5:31
B5 Fanfare - Forebodings. Alarm - Glimpse Of A War-Vision 2:13
B6 Variations On "Peace, Bread & The Land" (1917) 2:08
B7 Symphonic March 1:55
B8 Episode 0:56
B9 Fandango 2:09
C1 Pedal-Point. "To Emergent Africa" 2:04
C2 Central Episode. Études 3:43
C3 Variations In C Minor 3:42
Passacaglia On DSCH, Pars Tertia
Composed By – Ronald Stevenson
C4 Adagio. Tribute To Bach 1:58
C5 Triple Fugue Over Ground Bass, Subject I. Andamento 5:19
C6 Triple Fugue Over Ground Bass, Subject II. B A C H 7:03
D1 Triple Fugue Over Ground Bass, Subject III. Dies Irae (In Memoriam The Six Million) 6:34
D2 Final Variations On A Theme Derived From Ground. Adagissimo Barocco 12:13
Recording: Hanover, HCC, Leibniz-Saal, February 4-6, 2020
Executive Producer: Jack Ryan Smith
Recording Producer & Engineer: Andreas Neubronner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Cover Design: Christoph Niemann
Photos: Felix Broede © Sony Music Entertainment
Artwork: Büro Dirk Rudolph
Editorial: Texthouse
"Levit’s recording of the Passacaglia, just as magnificent as it was live, is paired with Shostakovich’s equally epic set of 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op 87. That isn’t exactly an everyday work, especially in a complete performance, but Stevenson’s quirky masterpiece is the real rarity here. It’s conceived in the grand virtuoso tradition of Liszt, Alkan and Busoni, rarely heard in concert and recorded just five times previously, including one by the composer himself and another from the 1960s by John Ogdon. As Levit shows so spectacularly, it takes a wild ride through a cornucopia of musical forms, quotations and allusions, with references ranging from Bach to 20th-century revolutionary songs – one passage is marked to be played “with an almost Gagarinesque sense of space”, a reference to the Soviet cosmonaut – and of course to Shostakovich, to whom Stevenson dedicated the work.
Alongside the public bravura of the Passacaglia, Shostakovich’s set, composed across just five months in 1950 and 1951, often seems like a quiet, intimate diary. They follow the scheme of The Well-Tempered Clavier in working through all the major and minor keys, though rather than Bach’s chromatic ordering, Shostakovich organises his cycle around the circle of fifths, with each major-key prelude and fugue paired with its relative minor, so that the C major and A minor pieces are followed by the G major and E minor, and so on. Debts to Bach abound, starting at the very beginning with the “white-note” C major Prelude, alongside both oblique and explicit references to Shostakovich’s own works, including the 10th Symphony, which he was working on at the same time." (TheGuardian)
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Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Color Black