In January 2018, pianist Igor Levit was named the recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, which is given every four years. The jury said, “Levit is not only a superb pianist but also a deeply thoughtful and insightful artist.” His latest release on Sony Classical is a very personal selection of works born out of profound loss. Sparked by the tragic death of a close friend in an accident, “Life” concentrates on works whose gloomy grandeur and melancholy beauty have occupied him for years. Each of them pays tribute to the virtuoso possibilities of the piano. Poetic moments of contemplative silence blend with life-affirming music with a direct physical fascination.