Revealed: Igor Levit’s new passionmain
Igor Levit has just announced at the Heidelberg Festival press conference that the centrepiece next March will be the Sequentia Cyclica by the English composer Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, to be played by Jonathan Powell.
The Sequentia, written in 1948-49, consists of 27 variations on the Dies irae and lasts about eight hours. It was premiered by Powell in Glasgow in June 2010.
Sorabji (1892-1988) is a closed book to most music lovers.