Leif Ove Andsnes In Recital – Recorded at Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia – 2011 – RAI Radio –
Lef Ove Andsnes in recital this week in a program of music by Brahms, Schoenberg and Beethoven. Starting with Brahms’ 4 Ballads op. 10 – and after intermission – 6 Small pieces by Arnold Schoenberg – op 19 and concluding with the Beethoven Sonata Number 32 op, 111 and an encore by Chopin. Broadcast by RAI on April 11, 2011.
A few words about Leif Ove Andsnes from his management’s website:
The New York Times calls Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” and the Wall Street Journal names him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won acclaim worldwide, playing concertos and recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he is the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival which this year celebrates Beethoven with four days of concerts and talks, featuring over 20 guest artists.
Andsnes opened the 2019 / 20 season by returning to a work which he performed often at the beginning of his career but has seldom played in the last decade. Grieg’s piano concerto was the central work in a programme with Concerto Copenhagen – the city where the concerto was premiered 150 years ago. The concerto also featured on tour with the Oslo Philharmonic and in the opening programme of his season as Artist in Residence with the Gothenburg Symphony. From Scandinavia Andsnes travelled to the States, to perform Grieg again, first with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti, followed by performances in both Boston and New York’s Carnegie Hall with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestras. Further upcoming performances of the work this season include concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and Alan Gilbert, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov and on tour of South Korea and China with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic.
Following the success of their “Beethoven Journey” collaboration, Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra partner once more for the start of another major multi year project titled “Mozart Momentum 1785/86,” that sees them explore one of the most creative and seminal periods of the composer’s career. This season, they tour throughout Europe and record Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 20-22 together with chamber music, live at the Prague Spring Festival for autumn release on Sony Classical. Andsnes also performs Mozart with the Berlin Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic and Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
In recital, Andnses joins his regular partner, bass-baritone Matthias Goerne, for an all-Schumann lieder evening at Milan’s La Scala, and embarks on a solo European recital tour with a new progamme comprising Dvořák’s seldom played Poetic Tone Poems, Op. 85, Bartók’s Three Burlesques Op. 8 and Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9. Recital destinations include Gothenburg, Vienna, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Lisbon and London’s Wigmore Hall.
Also, as part of the intermission feature I’ve included an interview (Italian to English and back) with Andsnes done with the RAI announcers (a very enthusiastic bunch).
Good music if you’re going to be shut-in today.