Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany where he completed his piano studies at Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009. He graduated with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals around the world.
During his studies he won several international awards, including second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), the silver medal and three other awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005) and the Luitpold Prize for young artists in Bad Kissingen (2009).
Last year the young pianist made a bold recording debut with the late sonatas by Beethoven. He’s now followed this recording with the Partitas by J S Bach. Classical 90.5 will be playing this new release over the next several weeks. Enjoy his performance of Bach’s Chaccone as arranged by Johannes Brahms.
Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili has released a new album with the music of J.S. and C.P.E. Bach on Deutsche Grammophon. The program consists mostly of Johann Sebastian with a Trio Sonata by Carl Philipp Emanuel.
Elizabeth Batiashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her father was a violinist and her mother a pianist. Before she turned three Batiashvili was playing a miniature violin. From age eight, she studied music at a Tbilisi music school for gifted children.
When her family moved to Munich, Germany, Batiashvili studied music at the Hamburg Musikhochschule and the Munich Musikhochschule. At 16, Batiashvili captured second prize at the Helsinki-based Sibelius Competition. In 1999-2001 she was a BBC New Generation Artist, debuting at the 2000 BBC Proms.
Since then, Batiashvili has been touring all over the world and recording highly-praised performances. Her new Bach album was recorded with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
Bourbon Baroque is presenting Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, featuring flutist Leela Breithaupt, on September 14th and 15th at Old 502 Winery. Bach scholar, Dean Karns, will be on hand to discuss the music of Bach. Austin Clark and Karns stopped by Classical 90.5 with this preview
Many people hear classical music selections for the first time at the cinema. Some of us first heard Johann Sebastian Bach’s Keyboard concerto No. 5 in the Woody Allen film “Hannah and Her Sisters”. The second movement was featured in a scene with Michael Caine and Barbara Hershey. It was the only movement from the concerto featured on the soundtrack album. But there are three movements in all, and they’ll all spectacular.
If Top Forty radio stations existed in the 1700’s, they would have played orchestral suites. Orchestral suites were all the rage then. There are 135 suites for orchestra by Georg Philipp Telemann still in existence, and it is known that he wrote hundreds more! Johann Sebastian Bach, however, wrote only four. But they are amazing works. The second suite features the flute as the primary instrument. Bach gives the flutist some fun virtuosic tunes to show off the musician’s talents.
If you want more Bach, check this site every Friday, when the Netherlands Bach Society will add a new recording of one of Bach’s 1,080 works.
Bach called his inventions “An honest guide…” for lovers and students of the clavier. Simone Dinnerstein’s latest recording features inventions and sinfonias of Bach, and it’s our Featured Album this week on Classical 90.5.