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Beethoven: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Celebrated Norwegian pianist, and new exclusive Sony Classical artist, LEIF OVE ANDSNES begins The Beethoven Journey, his first ever recording of Ludwig van Beethoven, with live performances of Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 at the Prague Spring Festival with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. For the next four seasons, Andsnes will devote the majority of his performing and recording schedules to the music of Beethoven with a commitment to perform and record all five piano concertos.

Andsnes studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory under the renowned Czech professor Jiri Hinka and has been performing internationally since he was 19 years old. He has played in the world's leading concert halls and with the world's leading orchestras and has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards® and five Gramophone Awards.

With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won worldwide acclaim, prompting the Wall Street Journal to call him "one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.

The Guardian, October 2012
What these performances also have is a quality that is not always quite so obvious when he is alone on the concert platform - a real sense of enjoyment in playing, and the business of communicating that enjoyment to an audience...The incidental beauties - the articulacy of Andsnes's left hand is a marvel in itself, for instance - are all part of that, too.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
It's an all-round winner of a disc, with superlative playing from both soloist and orchestra, and a recorded sound to match. Andsnes's view of the music is fairly traditional...[his] pedalling is a shade cautious, but he plays the piece so beautifully that there are no grounds for complaint...Overall, this looks set to be a highly enjoyable journey.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (05/22/2012-05/23/2012).



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leif Andsnes
  • Ensemble: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (05/22/2012-05/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1798

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leif Andsnes
  • Notes: Dvorák Hall, Rudolfinum, Prague (05/22/2012-05/23/2012)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1800-1803