Igor Levit goes campaigning for the Greens

Igor Levit goes campaigning for the Greens


norman lebrecht

August 28, 2021

The German Green Party, which has been slipping badly in the polls, has paraded a star recruit for next month’s general election.

The pianist Igor Levit, widely known for Beethoven sonatas and Twitter outbursts, says it is  no secret that he is a Green supporter.  He says: ‘I can’t go into the details yet because I’m not ready – but be sure I will take part in the last few weeks of the election campaign as I can and as it feels right.

‘I feel trust in many who I have met in this party. This is my team! And it is also clear who is not my team!’



  • JB says:

    What is the German Green party’s programme for classical music? Usually the propose to slash public subsidies and favor more trendy art forms. If Levit can have some influence here that would be a good thing.

    • Tamino says:

      Indeed it might be beneficial to have a strong lobby for classical music and high art within the green party. They already have a strong lobby for the every-tiny-effortless-poop-is-art, the “anti-elitist”, the “anti-old-white-men” “art”. They are a notch too ideoligical and in the same time clueless about the world outside of their western post-war snowflake bubbles. A bit scary to see them have a grab for the highest office. Baerbock is such a puppet of non-democratic special interest without empirical knowledge of life or much intelligence. Scary.

    • Andreas B. says:

      Stuttgart, capital of the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg, is renovating its opera house.

      Ba-Wü’s Ministerpräsident (prime minister) and culture secretary are both members of the Greens, majority party in the Landtag (state parliament).
      The City of Stuttgart had a Green mayor 2013-2021.
      The biggest party in Stuttgart’s City Parliament is the Green Party.

      The estimated – and politically approved – cost for renovation and related expenses is around €1billion.

  • christopher storey says:

    Just in case he is in any doubt, I can assure him that I am not his team .

  • fflambeau says:

    Good for him. Green is the way to go.

    • Tamino says:

      Probably, but maybe not with that party.
      I would say intelligent and compassionate is the way to go. Now tell me which party is that?
      Levit is a bit too short sighted yet. Maybe one day when he has 40 more years of life experience under his belt, he has something relevant to say, best case, but I’m not betting on it.
      Until then, his coffee house progressivism and pseudo-humanism is not really relevant.

      Organic Soy Latte drinkers of the world unite!

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      Envy, that is. Yes, you can always bank on envy. I’d say green is a very appropriate name for that party.

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    I look forward to seeing Mr Levit playing a recycled, green-painted piano in a political rally.

  • grabenassel says:

    Well, maybe he should read their program first….in about 270 pages, you find the word “music” twice……

    • Andreas B. says:

      Well, I had a look at the program of F.D.P. :
      “music” not once –
      and CDU:
      “music” just two mentions, too …

  • Andreas B. says:

    “the German Green Party, which has been slipping badly in the polls” – that’s an interesting interpretation of the data … :

    polls, at the moment:
    CDU/CSU 23%
    Greens 18%

    polls, beginning of this year:
    CDU/CSU 36%
    Greens 18%

    results of the last election 2017, for the current Bundestag:
    CDU/CSU 32,9%
    Greens 8,9%


    Only if looking at isolated data from the beginning of May, when the two previously big parties CDU and SPD did so terribly in the polls that they were even overtaken by the Greens at that moment, could the “slipping badly” make any sense.

    So far, the Greens seem to be performing rather well in the polls, so much so that even a Green Chancellor could be possible – something that would have been unimaginable a short time ago.