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Horizons - Leif Ove Andsnes

Album Summary

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (13) for piano, Op. 76
>Scriabin, Alexander : Impromptus (2) for piano, Op. 14
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38
>Strauss, Richard : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17 (TrV 149)
>Mompou, Federico : Paisajes, for piano
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Four Chorale Preludes
>Chopin, Frédéric : Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29
>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Age of Gold, Op. 22
>Albéniz, Isaac : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480
>Liszt, Franz : Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213
>Antheil, George : Toccatas (2), for piano, W. 72
>Trenet, Charles : Coin de rue, song
>Halvorsen, Johan : Suite Mosaique, for violin & piano
>Grieg, Edvard : Humoresque for piano in C major ("Allegretto con grazia"), Op. 6/3
>Smetana, Bedrich : Am Seegestade - Eine Erinnerung (On the Seahore - A Memory), concert etude for piano in G sharp mino
>Scott, Cyril : Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 47
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Histoires (Stories), pieces (10) for piano & piano, 4 hands
>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
>Grieg, Edvard : Folketone (Folk tune from Valdres), for piano (Stimmungen no 4), Op. 73/4
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Notes & Reviews:

Leif Ove Andsnes's new album, 'Horizons', on EMI Classics is full of dramatic and poetic moments that will inspire both new and committed listeners alike. 'Horizons' features nearly two-dozen short piano works by a wide variety of composers. These works, which Andsnes often performs as encores at his recitals, carry a special importance for him; they are works he discovered at significant times in his career, tributes to teachers and other great interpreters, and pieces with strong connections to beloved places at home and abroad.

New York Times
Unique among the piano virtuosos of his generation, Leif Ove Andsnes is a thinker, a listener, a keyboard poet

BBC Music Magazine
Everything here is a delight. Mompou's miniatures grow under Andsnes's skilful hands, Scriabin exudes his perfume, and Smetana evokes the full-dress glory of Central European domestic pianism. Pieces by Grieg and Johan Halvorsen bring this patriotic Norwegian lad back home.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Andsnes here reveals a hitherto hidden side to his art - the salon charmer. Some of the pieces are favourites from his childhood, though it is not every nine-year-old who has tackled Sibelius's uncharacteristically jolly 'Staccato' Etude or mastered Chopin's First Impromptu with such fluency and grace. Appealing, too, is the drama and sweep he brings to Liszt's Liebestraum No 3 (though it will not suit everyone's taste) and his avoidance of cliché, while the Norwegian's own transcription of Halvorsen's Chant de Veslemöy (originally for violin), Ibert's Le petit âne blanc and Debussy's Clair de lune are played with a beguil- ing innocence, ravishing tonal finesse and - most important - palpable affection.

Bravura highlights include Gieseking's effulgent transcription of Richard Strauss's Ständchen and Smetana's Am Seegestade ('By the sea'), reminiscent of Raff's La fileuse and a rare example of a concert étude that opens in one key (B major) and closes a tone lower! Enterprisingly, Andsnes has tracked down a score of Charles Trénet's song Coin de rue transcribed by the coyly named 'Mr Nobody' whom I have no qualms about outing as none other than Alexis Weissenberg.

The whole recital is superbly recorded. As Andsnes himself says, 'It's great to see people walk away from a concert with a smile on their face'. This disc has the same effect.



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Works Details

>Sibelius, Jean : Pieces (13) for piano, Op. 76 :: no 2 Étude
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Scriabin, Alexander : Impromptus (2) for piano, Op. 14 :: no 1
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38 :: no 2 in F-sharp minor
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Strauss, Richard : Songs (6) for voice & piano, Op. 17 (TrV 149) :: no 2 Ständchen
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Mompou, Federico : Paisajes, for piano :: Paisajes no 2, El lago
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942-1960

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Four Chorale Preludes
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837

>Liszt, Franz : Liebesträume for Piano, S 541 :: no 3 "O lieb, so lang d
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1843-1850

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Age of Gold, Op. 22 :: Polka
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Isaac Albéniz (Composer) (1860 - 1909) : España, 6 Feuilles d'album, Op. 165
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Mompou, Federico : Cançons i dansas (14)
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1921

>Liszt, Franz : Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480 :: no 5 Meine Fr
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1859

>Liszt, Franz : Valse impromptu for Piano, S 213
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1850

>Antheil, George : Toccatas (2), for piano, W. 72 :: Toccata no 2
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/1948

>Charles Trénet (1913 - 2001) : Coin de rue, song
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Halvorsen, Johan : Suite Mosaique, for violin & piano :: Veslemoys Sang
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Grieg, Edvard : Humoresque for piano in C major ("Allegretto con grazia"), Op. 6/3
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1865

>Smetana, Bedrich : Am Seegestade - Eine Erinnerung (On the Seahore - A Memory), concert etude for piano in G sharp mino
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Scott, Cyril : Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 47 :: no 2 Lotus Land
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Histoires (Stories), pieces (10) for piano & piano, 4 hands :: no 2 Lotus Land
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Debussy, Claude : Clair de lune
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890-1905

>Grieg, Edvard : Folketone (Folk tune from Valdres), for piano (Stimmungen no 4), Op. 73/4
  • Performer: Leif Andsnes (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005-09/05/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1905