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      Igor Levit review – this pianist has got it all

      Wigmore Hall, London
      Levit livened up the post-Christmas lull with a recital that showcased his huge technical range and lovely touch

      The seasonal shutdown means noteworthy concerts of any kind are rare events in the days between the pre-Christmas Messiahs and the first New Year waltzes. Happily, no one seems to have told the Russian-born, German-based pianist Igor Levit about this indolent British custom. As a result, just two nights after Christmas, Levit arrived at the Wigmore Hall to unwrap one of the most demanding and stimulating London piano recitals heard there throughout the whole of 2014.

      Levit’s playing fuses two striking qualities that ought not sit as well together as they do. On the one hand he is a force-field of concentrated musical energy, whose hyperactive attention to detail was a feature of Beethoven’s will-of-the-wisp two-movement F major Sonata Op 54, with which he began. On the other, he possesses the ability to sustain a structure and a musical argument, which, allied to a lovely touch, held Bach’s C minor Second Partita together, even though some of the contrasts seemed unduly forced.

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      My old piano keeps the previous generations alive

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      Mozart 250: Classical Opera plans 27-year celebration of composer

      Project will track composer’s life and works year by year from age eight, when he wrote his first symphony

      By any standards, it is an extraordinarily long and ambitious arts project. “A few people have pointed out that I might be dead before we finish,” said conductor Ian Page, contemplating the 27-year exploration of Mozart’s life and work that he is planning.

      Page and his company, Classical Opera, are to embark on the Mozart 250 project, marking the anniversary of the composer’s visit to London during which, aged eight, he wrote his first symphony. The idea is to follow Mozart’s life and work year by year until his death in 1791, to be marked in 2041.

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