Last night’s BBC Music Magazine Awards was a night to remember. First and foremost for the fact that Leif Ove and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra won both the “Concerto Award” and “Recording of the Year” for Volume 2 of the Beethoven Journey on Sony Classical. But the evening – which was also Leif Ove’s birthday – was made paricularly special by the fact that the awards were presented to him by Norway’s Culture Minister, Mrs Thorhild Widwey, and conductor, Sir Antonio Pappano.

Guests of the evening included Mrs Aud Jebsen and Kåre Rommetveit of the Stiftelsen Kristian Gerhard Jebsen to whom Leif Ove paid tribute in his acceptance speech, acknowledging that the Beethoven Journey would never have been possible to achieve without their generous support.

Before leaving London this morning, Leif Ove appeared live on BBC Radio 4’s “Today Programme” to talk about the lasting legacy of Beethoven’s music and how the premature birth of his twins made this leg of the journey that little bit more different.

 

Source: BBC Radio 4 “Today Programme”

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