Rock bottom

During this period when people aren’t allowed to embrace each other, it seems as though music provides one of the few opportunities to experience intimacy. Something that touches the emotions without any physical touching

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Foto: Emile Ducke, New York Times

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Navigating the Corona Crisis with Pianist Extraordinaire Igor Levit
By Carolin Pirich and Britta Stuff


„The first movement of the „Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Op. 53,“ also called the „Waldstein Sonata,“ begins with the rhythmic repetition of a C major chord, a rapid pulse that makes it sound as though time is rushing by. But for the last several days, the world has been a slower, quieter place, and Igor Levit heads to the electronics store Saturn on Berlin’s Alexanderplatz square, where he buys a tripod and a mount for his mobile phone, all for just 24 euros. Earlier that day, he tweeted out that he was going to perform that evening…“

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„Now, Levit has discovered something new about himself. He says he is sometimes nostalgic. Sometimes, he says, he thinks back to the time of the house concerts. They were actually quite nice after all.“
translated and published by SPIEGEL international

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