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Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Leif Ove Andsnes & Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:08:07 minutes | 1,22 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Booklet, Front Cover | © Sony Classical

Over the next four seasons, the celebrated Norwegian pianist and newly-signed exclusive Sony Classical artist Leif Ove Andsnes will devote the majority of his performing and recording activities to the music of Beethoven.

„The Beethoven Journey“ is a collaboration with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, one of the world´s most acclaimed touring orchestras, on the move approximately 200 days each year. The 45 core members of the MCO come from 20 different countries and live all over Europe. The journey began with the live recording of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 at Prague Spring Festival in the historic Rudolfinum building, where Andsnes is not only playing the piano but also directing the orchestra. Although Andsnes has an extensive discography ‘The Beethoven Journey’ is his first Beethoven recording.

“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.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“there’s a palpable sense of discovery, of living the music…You know you’re in remarkable musical company before the piano has sounded a note…Of course, this isn’t just down to the players: it’s Andsnes’s conception right from the start…What’s also very striking is that these performances are not simply about elan and energy: they have a sense of gravitas, too, of rightness, that you find in the greatest Beethoven interpreters.” (Gramophone Magazine)

“has he gone forward or backward to Beethoven? The answer provided by these superb performances is: both. He has all of the power that Beethoven’s writing often requires, yet his playing is also elegant and sometimes even understated…Let the journey continue!” (International Record Review)


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
1 I. Allegro con brio 13:49
2 II. Largo 10:26
3 III. Rondo – Allegro 08:29

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
4 I. Allegro con brio 16:40
5 II. Largo 09:54
6 III. Rondo – Allegro 08:50

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano & direction
Mahler Chamber Orchestra


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