Igor Levit – Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3


VIDEO: Igor Levit – Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3
Igor Levit - Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3

Official music video of Igor Levit performing "Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3
" by Franz Liszt.
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The official music video of Igor Levit playing “Liebestraum No. 3 in A-Flat Major, S. 541/3
,” from his upcoming album “Tristan,” which will be released by Sony Classical on September 9.

"Liebestraum was originally a song Liszt wrote, which he later transcribed for piano solo. The song gives you, almost in a very simplistic way — although I think the piece is extraordinary — but the message is very clear if you read the lyrics, that this is a paranoid piece of pain. Like someone advising you better love as long as your beloved is there because the day will come when your beloved is gone and you will regret and you will suffer, and then it‘s too late. It shows you it‘s not the fireplace kitsch music you hear all the time." — Igor Levit

“Tristan” is a double album in which the pianist explores nocturnal themes of love and death, fear, ecstasy, loneliness & redemption in the music of Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler & Hans Werner Henze. It includes Levit’s first concerto recording with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Franz Welser-Möst with the album’s central work Henze’s “Tristan” for piano, electronic tapes and orchestra.

The five works on the album span from 1837 to 1973 and represent very different genres. Only “Harmonies du Soir” was originally conceived for piano solo, but Igor Levit’s exploration of borderline experiences in our lives — death in Life (2018), spirituality in Encounter (2020) and now, with Tristan, the link between love, death and our need for redemption — means that it is not just masterpieces for the piano that are central to his concern but, above all, compositions in which certain thematic associations find their most personal expression.

Here Levit’s own thoughts revolve more around the experience of night and of the nocturnal as a dark alternative to our conscious actions by day: “Night has so many faces. It can signal a place of refuge or the loss of control, it signifies love and death, and it is the place where we feel our deepest, most paranoid fears.”

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