Leif Ove Andsnes’ Chopin album is nominated for an International Classical Music Award, voted by a jury comprising 18 of Europe’s leading classical music media.  Meanwhile the latest reviews for the album has have been posted by the Financial Times and Musicweb-international.com

“How did Chopin play the piano? A veil of mystery will always stand between us and composers who lived before the invention of recording … Every pianist today has to make his own choices. In his latest recording Leif Ove Andsnes is a model of sympathetic understanding — never exaggerated, or self-seeking, and keeping close to the letter of the score without seeming literal or dogmatic. He also makes a warm, mellow sound, which is a constant pleasure, a long way from the steely brilliance of the Russian virtuoso school.”

Musicweb-international.com

“Leif Ove Andsnes is one of those rare pianists who can play an extraordinarily wide range of repertoire to an exceptionally high standard … With this new recording of the Ballades together with a selection of Nocturnes he shows what a truly gifted Chopin interpreter he is  … There are some very fine recordings of the Chopin Ballades by artists such as Zimmerman, Perahia and Hough. There is no doubt that Andsnes belongs in that exalted company … “
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