Six Chorale Preludes
Prelude from Tristan and Isolde
Piano Sonata in B minor
Davies Symphony Hall
Tue, Jun 27, 2023 at 7:30PM
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PRESENTING SPONSOR OF
THE GREAT PERFORMERS SERIES
Igor Levit’s piano recital is presented in honor of Norman T. Larson, who generously provided for the San Francisco Symphony through his estate.
Igor Levit’s solo recital journeys from the jazz sounds of Fred Hersch’s Variations on a Folk Song to the symphonic scope of Richard Wagner’s sweeping Prelude from Tristan and Isolde, heard here in an arrangement for piano. Johannes Brahms’ delicate Six Chorale Preludes take inspiration from Lutheran hymns that contemplate themes of mortality and eternal life. The program concludes with Franz Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, a bold, impetuous tone poem for solo piano hailed as one of the composer’s greatest achievements.
The San Francisco Symphony is thrilled to welcome renowned pianist, Igor Levit, for a two-week concert residency. Levit, Gramophone's 2020 Artist of the Year, will join the Orchestra for performances of concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven and Ferruccio Busoni, along with chamber performances with members of the SF Symphony, and a solo recital on the Great Performers Series. Levit became a household name in 2020 when he presented a daily concert online from his home for fifty consecutive days, bringing music, hope, and connection to people around the world during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic.