The Leipziger Volkskrant reviews Leif Ove Andsnes’ performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Alan Gilbert

“… what happens with Schumann, is pure magic: the A minor Concerto could prototypically represent the music of romance – that seduces many soloists to let emotions run wild. Leif Ove Andsnes, the 45-year-old thinker of the piano from Norway, chooses a different path. His Schumann is obliged only to the score, and it is like holding a jewel in the hands, distinguished by remarkable consistency and steadfastness in tempo and without any pianistic pomposity … Precious is his piano playing, aristocratic and truthful, intelligent, controlled, and totally lacking vanity.”

 

 

Source: Leipziger Volkskrant

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