Fri, Feb 10, 2023
2:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Enjoy a wide-ranging conversation between pianist Robert Levin and Mozart scholar Simon Keefe about Mozart’s piano music. Levin recently released the first complete recording of Mozart’s piano sonatas on the composer’s own fortepiano.
Robert Levin has had a distinguished career as a pianist, conductor, and scholar. Renowned for his improvised embellishments and cadenzas in Classical period repertoire, Levin recently released the first complete recording of W.A. Mozart’s piano sonatas on the composer’s own fortepiano (ECM label). Other recordings include a Mozart concerto cycle for Decca and a Beethoven concerto cycle for DG Archiv, the complete Beethoven sonatas and variations with Steven Isserlis, Mozart’s unfinished works for piano and violin with Gérard Poulet (completed by Robert Levin), both books of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (on five instruments), the Bach English Suites and Partitas on Steinway (the latter, on Le Palais des Dégustateurs, won the Grand Prix International du Disque Académie Charles Cros), the complete Schubert piano trios (with Noah Bendix-Balgley and Peter Wiley, LPdD), a wide range of works for viola and piano with Kim Kashkashian (ECM) and the complete piano music of Henri Dutilleux (ECM). He has performed on period pianos with the Academy of Ancient Music, Handel and Haydn Society, London Classical Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Baroque, and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Christopher Hogwood, Sir Charles Mackerras, Nicholas McGegan, and Sir Roger Norrington. In addition to his performing activities, Levin is a noted is the author of a number of articles and essays on Mozart.
Musicologist Simon P. Keefe is President Elect of the Royal Music Association and the J. R. Hoyle Chair of Music at the University of Sheffield. Keefe has authored and edited numerous books including Mozart’s Piano Concertos: Dramatic Dialogue in the Age of Enlightenment (2001), Mozart in Vienna: The Final Decade (2017), the award-winning Mozart’s Requiem: Reception, Work, Completion (2012), The Cambridge Companion to Mozart (2003), The Cambridge Companion to the Concerto (2005), and the soon-to-be released Haydn and Mozart in the Long Nineteenth Century: Parallel and Intersecting Patterns of Reception (Cambridge University Press, 2023).