The piano virtuoso looks forward to more performance opportunities for artists. Problematic is the fact that concerts have to be played twice due to occupancy restrictions.

Berlin (dpa) – After Corona’s forced break, musicians have more opportunities to perform again – classical pianist Igor Levit (34) still sees the situation as ambivalent.

“It’s a bit schizophrenic. On the one hand, it’s of course exhilarating to be able to make music again, to continue what I love. At the same time, the price people had to pay on and behind the stage was extremely high, ”Levit said in an interview with the German news agency.

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“If, for understandable reasons, attendance at performances is very low, for example, concerts must be doubled. And it’s just mentally borderline. “For all of those who make such concerts possible – stage workers, agencies, organizers, artists – it’s very difficult.” In that regard, the summer has been exhilarating and exhausting so far. ‘now.”

On his new album “On DSCH”, which will be released on September 10, Levit presents two demanding piano cycles: “24 Préludes et Fugues op. 87 ”by Dmitri Shostakovich and the equally monumental homage to Shostakovich“ Passacaglia on DSCH ”by Briton Ronald Stevenson.