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Composer: Rzewski, Frederic (b. 1938)

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Year of birth1938
NationalityUnited States
PeriodContemporary
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Metamorphoses and transcendence: Igor Levit at Carnegie Hall

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Levit transfigured one more time the musical material in a sort of new, life-affirming way. 
*****
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Igor Levit plays Rzewski world première

Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
Two monumental works by Rzewski and Mahler performed with intensity, drama and authority by Igor Levit in a concert celebrating Frederic Rzewski's 80th birthday.
****1
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Asko|Schönberg premières Rzewski

Peter Rundel © HenrikJordan
A Dog's Life – Frederic Rzewski's 2nd Piano Concerto – is full of playful detail, but a little too long.
***11
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Prom 50: The BBC SSO, Ilan Volkov and Frederic Rzewski premiere Barry and Rzewski

Ilan Volkov  ©  Chris Christodoulou
As a fan of contemporary music and, indeed, minimalism, I was disappointed to find the programme at Prom 50 underwhelming overall. This was not for lack of trying, however – I wanted to enjoy it. But after allowing the music time to sink in further and my thoughts to settle, my opinions only seemed to have become more resolute.The evening started promisingly.
***11
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Myth and Ritual

Photo courtesy of Queen Hall's Flickr photo stream
In its 31-year history, ecat (Edinburgh Contemporary Arts Trust) has commissioned over 80 new works and introduced countless emerging performers and composers to the new music public.