A Monument to Beethoven Yoav Levanon
Label: Warner Classics
Artist: Yoav Levanon
Composer: Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Robert Schumann (1810-1856), Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
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- Franz Liszt (1811 - 1886): Sonata in B Minor, S. 178:
- 1Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: I. Lento assai - Allegro energico03:12
- 2Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: II. Grandioso02:20
- 3Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: III. Cantando espressivo04:14
- 4Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: IV. Pesante - Recitativo01:57
- 5Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: V. Andante sostenuto01:02
- 6Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: VI. Quasi Adagio06:22
- 7Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: VII. Allegro energico02:20
- 8Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: VIII. Più mosso01:55
- 9Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: IX. Cantando espressivo senza slentare01:43
- 10Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: X. Stretta quasi Presto - Presto - Prestissimo01:18
- 11Liszt: Sonata in B Minor, S. 178: XI. Andante sostenuto - Allegro moderato - Lento assai03:10
- Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849): Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, No. 25, Op. 45:
- 12Chopin: Prelude in C-Sharp Minor, No. 25, Op. 4504:42
- Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847): Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 54:
- 13Mendelssohn: Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 5412:02
- Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856): Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 17:
- 14Schumann: Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 17: I. Durchaus phantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen12:26
- 15Schumann: Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 17: II. Mässig, durch energisch07:47
- 16Schumann: Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 17: III. Langsam getragen10:43
- Franz Liszt: Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141:
- 17Liszt: Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141: III. La Campanella04:40
Info for A Monument to Beethoven
For his debut on Warner Classics, the 17-year-old pianist Yoav Levanon has chosen a demanding programme of works by Liszt, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Liszt’s mighty Sonata in B minor forms the centrepiece of A Monument for Beethoven, an album honouring the four composers’ contribution to fundraising for a monument for Beethoven in 1845, the year of Beethoven’s 75th anniversary, in the city of Bonn, Beethoven’s birthplace. When Yoav Levanon performed the programme in Paris in 2020, Le Monde declared him “already a great pianist”. He describes the album as “a “musical journey that traverses many distinct planes” and which is “emblematic of the great fellowship and solidarity that exists among musicians”.
Yoav Levanon, piano
Having started his professional piano education at the age of 3, Yoav Levanon, although just turned 18, already has an impressive list of prizes, competitions and concerts to his name.
Highlights of the coming months include his UK debut at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, recitals in the Boulezsaal, Berlin, Munich and Paris and concerto appearances in the Concertgebouw Hall Amsterdam as well as concerts with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
Yoav first appeared on stage at the age of 4 and soon became a winner of his first National Piano Competition in Israel. He won his first Gold Medal at an International Piano Competition in the USA a year later and performed on the prestigious stage of Carnegie Hall in New York. Following his orchestral debut with the Israel Chamber Orchestra he went on to take part in the Tsinandali Festival, Georgia, where he played Mozart and Bach Concertos for Two Pianos and Orchestra with acclaimed pianist Sergei Babayan. And he received the ‘Young Talent Award’ of the Excelentia Foundation and performed in a ceremony at the National Auditorium Madrid with the presence of her majesty Queen Dona Sofia. During 2018 Yoav performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra
More recently Yoav appeared as the youngest pianist in the festival history of the renowned Verbier Festival and was celebrated as a “discovery”. His debut solo recital, broadcast globally on medici.tv, gained the largest online audience of any of the 2019 Festival’s events.
Further concerts included a solo performance in a ‘Piano Summit’ with Martha Argerich at Schloss Elmau, Germany followed by a recital at the Piano aux Jacobins Festival in Toulouse. His performance was highly praised in a critic in Diapason: “Yoav Levanon is not only a stunning virtuoso. His assertive interpretative choices already make him an authentic musician, who has everything to become one of the major pianists of this century.”
At the beginning of 2021, Yoav took part in a filmed project with maestro Daniel Barenboim and soon after he signed an exclusive artist agreement with Warner Classics. Yoav’s debut album with the label is released in May 2022.
Yoav has already performed on some of the most prestigious stages and festivals in France, Germany, Israel, Latvia, and recently, with the Orchestre de la Swiss Romande in Geneve, Switzerland. Among his concerts, Yoav performed in the Louis Vuitton Foundation and Radio France Grand Auditorium, Paris.
Yoav is guided by top piano professors and musicians in Israel and abroad. He is privileged to take part in the ‘Piano Program for Outstanding Young Pianists’ at the Jerusalem Music Center, working with the prestigious American concert pianist, Murray Perahia as well as working under the guidance of distinguished pianist Sir Andras Schiff in his artist performance studio at the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin.