Igor Levit: The book and the film

Igor Levit: The book and the film


norman lebrecht

September 21, 2022

Most pianists these days are happy to have a new recording out in time for Christmas.

Igor Levit, 35, also has a book of conversations, House Concert,

and a film, No Fear.

The blurb:

IGOR LEVIT – NO FEAR follows pianist Igor Levit as he explores his “life after Beethoven” and searches for his next challenge, his identity as an artist. Levit is a young rebel who – at the piano – transforms into a mature musician, an old soul. Over a period of two years, director Regina Schilling observes the artist on his journey between a traditional career in classical music, his need for political commitment and an uncertain path as a musician that connects and inspires.



  • Achim Mentzel says:

    We just need to wait for 10 more years, then he will disappear into oblivon like Lang Lang. God may bless us with enough patience.

  • Tamino says:

    I don’t get, why people find him especially interesting as a person. Decent pianist. But without the talking, PLEASE!

    • Achim Mentzel says:

      You are right. Decent, but not more. And that’s the point. Without Twitter and his cryptic blathering, he wouldn’t have a career, atleast of that caliber. Because he is a completely average musician and artist.

  • Roger says:

    No t-shirts or key chains?

  • RW2013 says:

    I assume that the haters were not present at his recent phenomenal performance of the Busoni concerto in the Hauptstadt (or that they even realize the significance of such an event).

  • geoffrey dorfman says:

    I like the idea of of Levit performing the Busoni, because I’d like it to become part of the core repertoire like the Schumann or Brahms 2nd, instead of a fringe or specialty item. Certainly there are now a few dozen players out there with the chops to give it a ride. We could then perhaps shelve the Rachmaninoff 3rd for awhile, giving it a much deserved rest.

  • Artemio de Tuculin says:

    The best thing about Igor is his narcissistic political blathering and his t-shirts. Other than that, he does play the piano and has a phenomenal memory.