Di. 23. May '23

20:00 Uhr


Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

Igor Levit | Fred Hersch


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Igor Levit still falls into raptures when he recalls his first encounter with Fred Hersch on the occasion of one of Hersch’s concerts at the Village Vanguard in New York. “That way of piano playing, of making music at the piano, that continual exhalation of musical breath: I was blown away! I went backstage to congratulate Fred and expressed my admiration. We remained in contact, and a close, valuable friendship started to develop.” That friendship continued to grow. “To me, Fred is more than an important friend. The man is one of my idols, and I mean it seriously. As a human being and as an artist, he is a fixed star in my firmament.” 

Igor Levit: Träumerei, aus: Kinderszenen op. 15 (Robert Schumann)
Fred Hersch: Valentine (Hersch)
Igor Levit: Waldszenen op. 82 (Robert Schumann) mit Improvisationen von Fred Hersch
Igor Levit: Nanosonata #12 (Frederic Rzewski)
Fred Hersch: Whisper Not (Benny Golson)
Fred Hersch: After vou’ve gone (Turner Layton)
Igor Levit: Zweiter Satz: Andante con moto, aus Sonate Nr. 23 in f-Moll op. 57 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
Fred Hersch: Star-crossed Lovers (Billy Strayhorn)
Igor Levit: Nocturne e-Moll op. 72/1 (Frédéric Chopin)
Fred Hersch: Retrato em Branco e Preto (Antônio Carlos Jobim)
Igor Levit: Von fremden Ländern und Menschen, aus: Kinderszenen op. 15 (Robert Schumann)
Fred Hersch: Pastorale (Hersch)
Fred Hersch: Brigas Nunca Mais (Antônio Carlos Jobim)
Igor Levit: Choro de Carnaval, aus: Songs without Words, Book II (Fred Hersch)
Zugabe: Igor Levit/Fred Hersch: Peace Piece (Bill Evans)
For several years, Levit has been featuring Hersch’s music in his programmes, and he will likewise do so on the occasion of his appearance on 22 May in Wuppertal. Then, for his recital in Bochum, the two will share the stage for the first time: Classical pianist Igor Levit, who has received several prizes not only for his artistic output but also in honor of his political engagement, and jazz pianist Fred Hersch, over thirty years his elder. Franz Xaver Ohnesorg remarks: “In my final year as director of the Ruhr Piano Festival, this is a lovely gift from both of them!”
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Igor Levit

Born in Nizhni Nowgorod in 1987, Igor Levit moved to Germany with his family at age eight. He completed his piano studies at Hannover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009 with the highest acade...


Fred Hersch

A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educato...


Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr

After about 15 years of planning and construction, after countless actions and benefit events, thanks to the help of many sponsors and supporters, the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr was opened in Boc...




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