Robert Levin on Mozart

The piano recital by Robert Levin that I attended last winter at Harvard, featuring music of Yehudi Wyner, John Harbison, and Bernard Rands, was dazzlingly good, but Levin is perhaps best known for his astonishing work with Mozart. Astonishing is not too strong a word, for he doesn’t just play beautifully, he improvises beautifully in Mozart’s style. Here are some fascinating videos. The first is an excerpt from the second, an improvisation on themes suggested by the audience that serves to close the lecture given complete in the second video – if you don’t have time for the whole lecture, at least give the first video a try.

 

 

Then this one on composing Mozart is the sequel to the previous lecture:

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