by Jarrett Hoffman
ABRAHAMSEN & LEVIT:
Based on The Cleveland Orchestra’s program this week — Hans Abrahamsen’s Vers le silence followed by Brahms’ Second Piano Concerto in the hands of Igor Levit — there are two articles from the past couple of years worth revisiting.
First, a profile of Levit (above) by Alex Ross in The New Yorker from May 2020, which covers his series of house concerts from early in the pandemic (the way they began is not how you would expect), his voracious and omnivorous taste in music, his cultural status in German-speaking countries, his leftist politics, the death threats he has received from the far right (and the concerts at which those threats were purportedly to occur), and more. [Read more…]