REVIEWS

SEAMLESS COLLABORATION

Zeal NYC reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantasie with the New York Philharmonic and Edward Gardner "Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Artist-in-Residence this season at the Philharmonic, before playing a hotly anticipated solo recital this...

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“ODD, DELIGHTFUL JUXTAPOSITIONS AT THE PHILHARMONIC”

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantasie with the New York Philharmonic and Edward Gardner "The New York Philharmonic’s concerts this week, conducted by Edward Gardner in his debut with the orchestra, project a delightful strain...

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“CHARACTERISTIC CLARITY AND WEIGHT”

Bachtrack reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantaisie, for piano and orchestra with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski "In contrast, the 1968 version of Debussy’s Fantaisie, for piano and orchestra – around 4 measures shorter than the...

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‘FIRST AMONG EQUALS’

Classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantaisie, for piano and orchestra with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski "Debussy was less than pleased with his Fantaisie (1890), cancelling the premiere during rehearsals and,...

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“EHRENRETTUNG FÜR EIN KONZERT”

Berliner Morgenpost reviews Leif Ove Andsnes performance of Britten's Piano Concerto with the Deusches Symphonie Orchester "Es ganz banal. Das Klavierkonzert, das sich Benjamin Britten im Alter von 25 Jahren selbst in die Finger schrieb, ist mörderisch schwer. Das...

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“MIT CHARME UND KRAFT”

Musik Heute reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' concert with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester and Alain Altinoglu in Berlin "Im Zentrum des Abends stand das Klavierkonzert von Benjamin Britten. Der norwegische Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes brachte mit Charme und Kraft die...

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“EINE EMOTIONALE, EXISTENTIALISTISCHE REISE”

Klassik begeistert reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove's Andsnes performance of Schubert's Winterreise in the Boulez Saal, Berlin "Goerne und Andsnes geben eine äußerst persönliche Darbietung, die als eine Wanderung zwischen Emotionswelten betrachtet werden kann. Wir...

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SEAMLESS COLLABORATION

Zeal NYC reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantasie with the New York Philharmonic and Edward Gardner "Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, Artist-in-Residence this season at the Philharmonic, before playing a hotly anticipated solo recital this...

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NEW WORLD SYMPHONY IN FLORIDA

Bachtrack.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantaisie with the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas "... A marvelous account by Leif Ove Andsnes of Debussy’s Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra followed, written when he was twenty-seven, but...

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DEBUSSY IN MIAMI

South Florida Classical Review follows Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Debussy's Fantaisie with the New World Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas "The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is that and more. Andsnes is an artist who puts a distinctive stamp on everything...

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“A BOLD PIANIST RESCUES AN OVERLOOKED CONCERTO”

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Britten's Violin Concerto with the New York Phiilharmonic and Antonio Pappano "Odds are you have never heard a performance of Britten’s Piano Concerto, even if you’re a regular concertgoer. The same holds...

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“PURE POUNDING EXCITEMENT”

New York Classical Review follows Leif Ove Andsnes Residency with the New York Philharmonic performing Britten's Piano Concerto "The Philharmonic was joined by star pianist Leif Ove Andsnes for Britten’s Piano Concerto, in its 1945 version. It’s often been observed...

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“VILT RITT MED BRITTEN”

"Det var litt av et verk Leif Ove Andsnes ga oss. Brittens klaverkonsert, skrevet av en 25-åring som boblet av ideer og vilje til energisk uttrykk, er et makesløst verk. Her vrinskes det og jubles i sprelske løp, til tider patetisk for så å si oppvisningens skyld, i...

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“UND AM ABGRUND BLÜHT DAS EDELWEISS

Der Tagesspiegel reviews Leif Ove's recital in Berlin "Idyll und Abgrund überschreibt Jörg Widmann seine 2009 entstandenen sechs „Schubert-Reminiszenzen“ für Klavier: musikalische Gedankensplitter lustigen, traurigen und immer mehr erstarrenden Charakters, welche die...

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“UND AM ABGRUND BLÜHT DAS EDELWEISS

Der Tagesspiegel reviews Leif Ove's recital in Berlin "Idyll und Abgrund überschreibt Jörg Widmann seine 2009 entstandenen sechs „Schubert-Reminiszenzen“ für Klavier: musikalische Gedankensplitter lustigen, traurigen und immer mehr erstarrenden Charakters, welche die...

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“GESCHÜTZTE GEMEINSCHAFT”

Die Süddeutsche Zeitung reviews Leif Ove's recital in Munich "Väinömäinen heißt der alte Barde in dem berühmten finnländischen Mittelalterepos "Kalevala". Der Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes ist zwar nicht Finne, sondern Norweger, aber er versteht sich durchaus auch als...

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“LEIF OVE ANDSNES: EXACTHEID CREËERT EMOTIE”

Klassiek Centraal reviews Leif Ove's recital in Antwerp "De Antwerpse Singel zette donderdag laatstleden de Noorse pianist Leif Ove Andsnes op het programma. De blauwe zaal bleek volledig uitverkocht. Onder de aanwezigen waren trouwens zelf heel wat pianisten, allen...

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“LEIF OVE ANDSNES, DALLA SCANDINAVIA CON AMORE”

Il Corriere Musicale reviews Leif Ove's recital in Milan "Andsnes è un pianista che guadagna molto ad essere ascoltato dal vivo, perché la sua naturale pudicizia e assenza della ricerca di effetti che rendevano talvolta un poco algide certe sue esecuzioni in disco...

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“DER ATEM DES SINFONIKERS”

Neue Zürcher Zeitung reviews Leif Ove's recital in Lucerne "In Andsnes' Programm überlagerten sich zwei thematische Leitideen: einerseits ein Schubert-Schwerpunkt, dessen nachgelassene «Drei Klavierstücke» D 946 sinnfällig mit den doppelbödigen sechs...

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“ANDSNES ÜBERZEUGT IM GROSSEN SAAL”

uzerner Zeitung reviews Leif Ove's Swiss recital "Andsnes führte die Zuhörer gekonnt durch die Stücke und setzte dabei immer wieder schöne Akzente. Beeindruckend, mit welcher Eleganz er die «Sturmsonate» spielte und wie viele Feinheiten alleine im Zugabenblock...

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“MINDFUL MISSION, PERFECT POET: LEIF OVE ANDSNES IN LUCERNE”

Bachtrack.com reviews Leif Ove's recital in Lucerne "... For me, Schubert’s stunning Drei Klavierstücke D946 of 1828 included the evening’s most lyrical passages, and I was also impressed by the noticeable attention Andsnes paid to the active dialogue in the work. He...

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“LEIF OVE ANDSNES BRILLIERT MIT MUSIK VON JEAN SIBELIUS”

Kölner Stadt Anzeiger reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' recital in Cologne "Es wurde höchste Zeit, dass sich - lange nach Glenn Gould - mal wieder ein Pianist von Rang für die Klaviermusik des Finnen Jean Sibelius starkmachte. Dem schlechten Image einer faden Salonromantik...

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“CHOPIN OHNE JEDEN SCHNICKSCHNACK”

Leipziger Volkszeitung reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' recital at the Gewandhaus "Viel Aufhebens um seine Person macht Leif Ove Andsnes nicht. Nüchtern betritt der 47-jährige Norweger die Bühne, verbeugt sich knapp und beginnt sofort zu spielen. Ein ums andere Mal setzt er...

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“LEIF OVE ANDSNES BRILLIERT MIT MUSIK VON JEAN SIBELIUS”

Kölner Stadt Anzeiger reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' recital in Cologne "Es wurde höchste Zeit, dass sich - lange nach Glenn Gould - mal wieder ein Pianist von Rang für die Klaviermusik des Finnen Jean Sibelius starkmachte. Dem schlechten Image einer faden Salonromantik...

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“CHOPIN OHNE JEDEN SCHNICKSCHNACK”

Leipziger Volkszeitung reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' recital at the Gewandhaus "Viel Aufhebens um seine Person macht Leif Ove Andsnes nicht. Nüchtern betritt der 47-jährige Norweger die Bühne, verbeugt sich knapp und beginnt sofort zu spielen. Ein ums andere Mal setzt er...

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“LOCKER, VIRTUOS UND KANTABEL”

Die Presse reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Vienna recital "Am Ende, bei Chopins g-Moll-Ballade und (als Zugabe) As-Dur-Ballade, zeigte der 47-jährige Pianist, dass er es selbst mit Chopin-Spezialisten aufnehmen kann: So locker, virtuos und kantabel hätte man sich auch das...

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“INTERIOR MAGIC FROM A MASTER COLOURIST”

Theartsdesk.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' London recital "Such introspective subtlety might be mistaken for reticence. But from the rare instances when the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes lets rip - and they're never forced - you know he's wielding his palette with...

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“PURE POETRY”

Classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' London recital "Leif Ove Andsnes is on the road, fourteen recital dates covering Bilbao to Munich, ending December 3. London was the fifth leg, Andsnes opening his chosen programme with Sibelius, not this composer’s...

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“LA MÚSICA SIN ASPAVIENTOS”

Codalario.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Madrid recital "Desde que lo profundo, lo elevado y lo verdaderamente bello ha comenzado a desaparecer del mundo y a ser sustituido por lo superficial, lo banal y lo aparatoso, encontrar un pianista que prescinde del aspaviento...

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“ANDSNES: LA EXCEPCIONALIDAD DE LA DISCRECIÓN”

Beckmesser reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Madrid recital "... Hay muchos pianistas que resuelven los adagios con una sensibilidad excepcional. Otros tantos genios de la técnica hacen lo propio con los movimientos rápidos. Andsnes, permitiendo mucho espacio al silencio...

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“MÁS QUE DIFERENTES”

El Pais reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Madrid recital "De entrada, el programa de uno y otro. Andsnes ha confeccionado uno extremadamente original, que contenía auténticas rarezas, como cinco piezas de Jean Sibelius o una composición de Jörg Widmann (perteneciente a su...

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“STRAIGHT TO THE HEART”

"With its remote location, splendid surroundings, quality-conscious programming and team of musicians … The Rosendal Chamber Music Festival has all it takes to become a new powerhouse in the the Norwegian chamber music world” writes Aftenposten. "In his first year in...

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“ZWEI NORDLICHTER BRILLIEREN”

Wedel-Schulauer Tageblatt reviews  Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff's duo recital at the Schlesweg Holstein Festival "Das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival bringt mit Christian Tetzlaff (Violine) und Leif Ove Andsnes (Klavier) Weltstars der Klassik nach...

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“ZWEI NORDLICHTER BRILLIEREN”

Wedel-Schulauer Tageblatt reviews  Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff's duo recital at the Schlesweg Holstein Festival "Das Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival bringt mit Christian Tetzlaff (Violine) und Leif Ove Andsnes (Klavier) Weltstars der Klassik nach...

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“EINE ZEITREISE WIRD ZUM ABENTEUER”

The Salzburger Nachrichten reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff's duo recital at the Salzburg Festival "Zwischen den großen "Brocken" in Oper und Schauspiel Zeit für ein feines Kammerkonzert, "Zeit mit Schostakowitsch" (wie ein Konzertschwerpunkt der...

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“IDEOLOGIEKRITIK DER MUSIKANTEN”

Drehpunkt kultur reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff's duo recital at the Salzburg Festival "Ein Wozzeck könnte in seinen Alpträumen dazu exerzieren. Suberviser kann komponierte Idelogiekritik nicht ausfallen.  Ironischer gemeint sind Gattung und Tonart...

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“HEXENSABBAT IN STALINS REICH”

Der Standard reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff's duo recital at the Salzburg Festival "Salzburg – Zwischen den beiden Sonaten für Violine und Klavier von Leos Janácek und Dmitri Schostakowitsch spielte Leif Ove Andsnes Drei Klavierstücke D 946 von Franz...

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“IDEOLOGIEKRITIK DER MUSIKANTEN”

Drehpunkt kultur reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff's duo recital at the Salzburg Festival "Ein Wozzeck könnte in seinen Alpträumen dazu exerzieren. Suberviser kann komponierte Idelogiekritik nicht ausfallen.  Ironischer gemeint sind Gattung und Tonart...

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RACHMANINOV 4 WITH THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIC

The Berliner Morgenpost reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Berlin Philahrmonic "If a pianist nowadays puts a focus on Rachmaninoff's equally unpopular or unknown fourth piano concerto, this can actually mean only two...

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UN’INTENSITÀ POETICA

www.bluearte.it reviews Beethoven in Brescia with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra “Suggestioni beethoveniane, riflessioni straviskyane al 49° Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo con la Mahler Chamber Orchestra e Leif Ove Andsnes direttore e pianista.”...

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“UND AM ABGRUND BLÜHT DAS EDELWEISS

Der Tagesspiegel reviews Leif Ove's recital in Berlin "Idyll und Abgrund überschreibt Jörg Widmann seine 2009 entstandenen sechs „Schubert-Reminiszenzen“ für Klavier: musikalische Gedankensplitter lustigen, traurigen und immer mehr erstarrenden Charakters, welche die...

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A RACHMANINOV “REVELATION”

Classical-scene.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra "The BSO have only played Rachmaninov’s fourth and final piano concerto twice in the past. It’s the most modern of his...

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“NELSONS ENDS BSO SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE”

The Boston Globe reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra "Andris Nelsons’s final program of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season was imaginatively conceived, three somber...

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“A GRAND SLAM MATCH OF CRACK PIANISTS”

The Washington Post reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital tour of the States "Once upon a time, when you had to make music if you wanted to hear it, playing on two pianos was a social entertainment, a kind of drawing-room conversation between friends....

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“ANDSNES, HAMELIN MAKE A MOST COMPELLING DUO”

The Chicago Tribune reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital tour of the States "... The pianists are just different enough in matters of style and temperament to complement one another.  In their recital of Mozart, Debussy and Stravinky, the precision...

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“PIANO DUO CAPTIVATES CARNEGIE HALL”

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital at Carnegie Hall "Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” retains the power to shock in part through its raw, blazingly colorful orchestration. But the piece actually first came into being as a piano duo....

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“AND VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE!”

ConcertoNet.com reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital at Carnegie Hall "What made last night special was not a duo-piano team. For more than a century, duo-pianists have been a popular staple, playing popular music from Schubert to Rachmaninoff. Add to...

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“2 SUPERPOWERS OF THE PIANO JOIN FOR SEATTLE RECITAL”

The  Seattle Times reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital tour of the States "... Their first piece, a brief and seldom-heard Mozart “Larghetto and Allegro in E-Flat Major,” emerged with cheerful serenity. Stravinsky’s propulsive Concerto for Two Pianos...

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“MESMERISING PARTNERSHIP”

The Financial Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital in London "Some artists achieve greatness by big competition wins, massive press campaigns, drop-dead good looks or a penchant for branding their name on everything from sneakers to...

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“THE IRRESISTIBLE POWER AND MOMENTUM OF A JUGGERNAUT”

 "A two-piano recital is a peculiar thing. It’s chamber music, but who’s playing what? On a small stage such as the Wigmore’s, with the two instruments slotted together like interlocking tiles, the sound seems to emerge from a single, truly grand piano. Alone,...

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“EXTRAORDINARY PALETTE OF COLOUR”

Trouw revivews Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital in Rotterdam "In arithmetic it is clear that one plus one equals two, but in the case of the interaction between Andsnes and Hamelin the sum is much greater ... Especially in Debussy's "En blanc et...

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“QUICKSILVER MUSICAL RAPPORT”

The Guardian reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra on tour in London "This captivating ensemble offered a life-enhancing account of Prokofiev and danced their way through Grieg in what felt like a get-together of old friends ... When they...

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“LEIF OVE ANDSNES, UN ARTISTE COMPLET”

Belgium's Crescendo Magazine reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in Geneva "... The temptation to be both the soloist and leader is today an 'endemic disease' that affects many artists, with a negative result most of the time. But it must be...

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LEIF OVE ANDSNES, L’ÉVIDENCE PAR LE PIANO

La Tribune de Genève reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra on tour "In the second half of the evening we heard Mozart's Piano Concertos no. 20 KV 466 and No. 22 KV 482, in which Leif Ove Andsnes directed economically and with preision. Above...

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“EINE EMOTIONALE, EXISTENTIALISTISCHE REISE”

Klassik begeistert reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove's Andsnes performance of Schubert's Winterreise in the Boulez Saal, Berlin "Goerne und Andsnes geben eine äußerst persönliche Darbietung, die als eine Wanderung zwischen Emotionswelten betrachtet werden kann. Wir...

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“SANS DOUTE LEUR PLUS BEL HIVER”

Bachtrack.com reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "… Would this be the most accomplished journey that Matthias Goerne gave in Paris? All the evidence led you to think so: the complete concentration, the artistic intransigence and with...

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“UN CHANT DU CYGNE PRÉ-WAGNÉRIEN”

Forum Opera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "To open the evening, Matthias Goerne fades behind his playing partner, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes … The Drei Klavierstücke that he gives us are the work of an architect. The shape appears...

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“APOTHÉOSE”

Concertonet reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "A smaller audience at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (and less coughing) for the last Schubert evening by Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes, which was by far the best of the three....

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“A WONDERFUL DUO IN SCHUBERT”

Klassiek-Centraal reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "The fantastic impression that Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes left behind after their rendition of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin on Wednesday, February 1st was confirmed...

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BONHEUR, UN «CYGNE»

Liberation reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "On stage, Matthias Goerne makes compromises …  The lied specialist, knows how to transcend all the pitfalls in these songs with a breathtaking interpretation. Sober, and with rare body...

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“A MIRACULOUS EVENING”

Concertonet reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "Winterreise -  A miraculous evening thanks mostly to the assets of the two performers, Goerne and Andsnes,  who seem to work perfectly in tandem with each other … Another memorable...

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“UR SOUS LA GLACE”

Forum Opera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris   "One of the major challenges in the interpretation of Winterreise lies in its title. In no case should it be a dreary road through dull snow and a grey sky. If the Schubertian journey...

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“SCHUBERTIADES AT THE TOP”

Crescendo Magazine reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "Being able to hear Schubert's three great cycles of lieder in just four days is already a boon. But to witness the fabulous interpretation given in this early February by...

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“GOERNE SOUS UN CIEL IMMENSÉMENT GRAND”

Forum Opera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "We often think that we have already seen and heard everything about Die Schöne Müllerin. The constellation of interpretations and recording is dizzying and offers so many different...

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“A MEETING OF WATER AND FIRE”

Concertonet reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "Matthias Goerne knows how to choowe his companions ... it as as if Leif Ove Andsnes' calm prescence and inner strength are soothing to him ... the understanding between the two...

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“EXCEPTIONAL” SCHUBERT CYCLE IN BRUSSELS

ForumOpera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "There are concerts that are quickly forgotten, the ones we keep for a few weeks, and then there are those we think we can remember a lifetime. Among the three recitals given by...

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“EMOTIONAL DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN”

Klassiek-Centraal reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "For three Schubert recitals the phenomenal baritone Mathias Goerne and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes are guests at Bozar. "Die schöne Müllerin is generally regarded as the least...

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SUBLIME “WINTERREISE”

Le Temps reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad "The great bass-baritone Matthias Goerne sang the most poignant cycle of the Viennese composer with the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes at the Musical Summits of Gstaad. Outside, a cold...

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“A FIRST CLASS MOZART INTERPRETER”

Drehpunktkultur.at reviews Leif Ove's performance of Mozart in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic and Thomas Hengelbrock. "... Then Leif-Ove Andsnes walked unpretentiously to the Steinway … and conjured one of the truly greatest Mozart piano concertos, the one in D...

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“SUBDUED GLOW OF EXCITEMENT”

Reviewing the Munich concert the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote "The evening in the Gasteig Philharmonic was marked by D minor. With quite different musical Gods: Mozart and Bruckner, but with two musical performers of the same ilk: Andris Nelsons and Leif Ove Andsnes,...

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“STAR PIANIST ANDSNES IS CRYSTALLINE BEDROCK”

Finland's Helsingin Sanomat reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Helsinki recital: "Konsertti Pianisti Leif Ove Andsnes Kansallisoopperassa sunnuntaina. – Sibelius, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin. Olipa kiintoisia ääripäitä viime viikkojen konserteissa. Ensin kuulin Pekka Kuusistoa,...

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“OUTSTANDING RECITAL”

Seen and Heard International reviews Leif Ove's piano recital at the Barbican in London "Leif Ove Andsnes is one of those rare pianists who seem to be able to play absolutely everything.  I remember listening to him at the Proms many years ago giving a stunning...

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“THE ‘LOG FIRE’ BURNING DEEP WITHIN”

Classical Source reviews Leif Ove's piano recital at the Barbican in London "With Leif Ove Andsnes you get what you see: an artist of quiet deportment and no frills, technically consummate, hands close to the keyboard, keenly attuned to the smallest detail, the...

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“THIS IS A UTOPIAN PLACE FOR UTOPIAN MUSICIANS”

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord: A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends "More than just a great and serious pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes is a Mensch. His special gift in recent years has been to bring young...

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“TRULY MAGICAL”

iapason Magazine reviews the Rosendal Festival "For the first Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, nestled in a village between a Norwegian fjord and mountains, Leif Ove Andsnes has found a winning formula : a perfect balance between simplicity and ambition … In addition...

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“ROSENDAL SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED”

Austria's Klassik Radio reports from the Rosendal Festival "Since the start of his successful career Leif Ove Andsnes has been a passionate chamber music performer. And this passion he shows yet again in a wonderful new festival which he just launched. "Central to the...

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“THE ENIGMATIC SCHUBERT”

Dagbladet reviews The Rosendal Festival "The intensely beautiful landscape of the stately Rosendal Barony was filled with music. And not just any music, but with chamber music of the highest level. It sounds like a fantasy, or a pipe dream. But now its really there....

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SCHUBERT IN THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS

Bayerische Rundfunk reports from the Rosendal Festival and interviews Leif Ove Andsnes The Norwegian Fjords are wildly romantic. Surrounded by sea and mountains, it is here in Rosendal that pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has founded a new chamber music festival. Central to...

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“THE SOUND OF ROSENDAL”

Vårt Land reports on the first Rosendal Festival and its new acoustics "The beautiful village by the Hardanger Fjord has its roots in the Barony which dates from 1665. Leif Ove Andsnes has created a music programme which fits the setting - and literally created a new...

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50 YEARS OF MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes at the Mostly Mozart Festival "The Mostly Mozart Festival, having opened its 50th season a week ago with “The Illuminated Heart,” a staged production of excerpts from Mozart operas, settled into something more routine a few...

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“BEARING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FRUIT”

Qobuz reviews the Brahms Piano Quartets in Paris "The most passionate and assidious of amateur chamber music players will not remember having ever heard all three of these works by Brahms in the same evening ... it requires the coming together of four absolutely top...

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“KNIFE-EDGED MUSICALITY” IN BRAHMS

Die Presse reviews Brahms' Piano Quartets in Vienna "The Piano Quartet is a genre which falls between two chairs - trios for piano and strings are available in abundance, the rarer Quintets one hears often, because a string quartet only has to invite a pianist into...

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“DEEPLY HUMAN” BRAHMS

The Tiroler Tageszeitung reviews Brahms's Quartets in Wattens, Austria "Thomas Lacher invited four artists of the first rank onto the stage: Leif Ove Andsnes on the piano, Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Tabea Zimmermann, Viola, and Clemens Hagen, cello. Grandiose...

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ALLOWING THE MUSIC TO UNFOLD WITH “ELEGANCE AND POWER”

www.classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' second London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "As recipes go, the combination of the London Symphony Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes, London Symphony Chorus and Michael Tilson Thomas doesn’t get much better...

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“CLASS ACT”

The Guardian reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "Sometimes, if you want a job doing you have to do it yourself. This was the first of the Artist Portrait concerts the LSO is putting on in London for pianist Leif Ove...

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“A JOVIAL, TRIUMPHANT PERFORMANCE”

"thelatest.co.uk" reviews Leif Ove Andsens performance of Mozart Piano Concerto no. 20 at the Brighton Festival "Originally billed conductor Daniel Harding was sadly ill, but thankfully there were two highly capable replacements in store on the opening night of the...

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“A MAGNIFICENT RENDITION”

www.classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "The key of the concert was D-minor, and Leif Ove Andsnes directed the ominous opening of the Mozart with urgent, anxious syncopated rumblings and launched into...

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OPENING THE LSO’S ARTIST PORTRAIT

Bachtrack.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "This concert opened the LSO’s Artist Portrait on Andsnes. K466 is indisputably a masterpiece; soaked in dramatic tension from the opening, it is one of Mozart’s most...

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LEIF OVE ANDSNES AND FRIENDS AT DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY

Backtrack.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' second chamber music concert with Guro Kleven Hagen and Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London "The acclaimed Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes organised a mini-series of three concerts featuring...

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“NATURE, NATIONALISM, FOLK CULTURE”

theartdesk.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' second chamber music concert with Guro Kleven Hagen and Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London "Nature, nationalism, folk culture: the broad themes of Norway’s visual arts map easily onto its music....

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“SKÅL TO DULWICH AND BERGEN”

theartdesk.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first chamber music concert with Guro Kleven Hagen and Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London "While Astrup's genius throughout his life was to catch a tiny area of Norway in all its changing lights,...

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“INTIMATE LIEDER EVENING FROM THE GIANTS”

The Leipziger Volkszeitung reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Matthias Goerne's recital at the Gewandhaus "A recital of special class, without any Star posturing: The baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes retreated into the world of Schubert's Winterreise on...

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“DEPTH AND RICHNESS OF TONE”

Seen and Heard International reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Zurich Tonhalle and Lionel Bringuier "Robert Schumann’s only piano concerto was premiered by his wife, Clara, on New Year’s Day in 1846 with the Leipzig...

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“ANDSNES SPARKS CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA PROGRAM”

South Florida Classical Review reports on Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser Möst "After more than a decade’s absence, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes made a welcome return to Miami Thursday...

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“ANDSNES HAD THE AUDIENCE HANGING ON HIS EVERY PHRASE”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews Leif Ove Andsens' performances of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser Möst "Here was the jewel in the orchestra's gift to South Florida this week. A pianist possessed of equal parts strength,...

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“ANDSNES FYLTE OPERAEN”

Vårt Land reviews Leif Ove's final concert in his recital tour at Oslo Opera "Leif Ove Andsnes stilte i Operaen søndag kveld med et program han har gledet et stort internasjonalt publikum med i den senere tid, både i Europa og i USA. Verk av Sibelius, Beethoven,...

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“MAGISK OG FORTRYLLENDE”

Kultur Spielet reviews Leif Ove's final concert in his recital tour at Oslo Opera "Leif Ove AndsnesDet blir magisk når Leif Ove Andsnes setter seg ned bak tangentene. Han  fører oss med på en reise som rett og slett er eventyrlig.  Det er i første rekke måten han gjør...

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“THE POET SPEAKS”

The Hamburger Abendblatt reviews Leif Ove's recital in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle "... Andsnes' virtues form a rare harmonious ensemble, not one thing sticks out more than the other: superior technique, crystal-clear musical intelligence and fine sensibility are all kept...

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“ALMOST LIKE SPEECH”

The New York Classical Review at Leif Ove Andsnes' recital at the Carnegie Hall "In the Debussy that led off the second half, the impeccable construction of Andsnes’s phrases was again the standout characteristic of his playing. In “La soirée dans Grenade” from...

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“LEIF OVE ANDSNES: FEUER UND UNDERSTATEMENT”

Austria's Der Standard reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' recital at the Vienna Musikverein "Im Wiener Musikverein brachte Leif Ove Andsnes eine höchst persönliche Programmfolge mit einer Gruppe von Stücken von Jean Sibelius, Beethoven, Debussy und Chopin: ebenso wenig...

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“THE NORSEMEN ARE BACK!”

Backtrack.com review Leif Ove Andsnes' Dublin recital "The Norsemen are back! ... Given Leif Ove Andsnes’ luminous account of the Beethoven piano concerti last time, expectations were high. And nor were they disappointed by this ever-thoughtful, intelligent Norwegian...

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FINSKE NATURSTEMNINGER

Norway's Hamar Arbeiderblad reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first recital of the new tour "– Jeg har gledet meg lenge til å spille her.  Det var ikke mange tomme plasser i salen onsdag kveld, da den verdenskjente, norske pianisten Leif Ove Andsnes for andre gang inntok...

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MOZART WITH MUTI IN CHICAGO

The Chicago Sun Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Mozart Piano Concerto no. 20 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti "... A master of elegant understatement, Andsnes’ immaculate, sublimely fluid, unfussy playing turned Mozart’s virtuosic...

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FRANCE’S TÉLÉRAMA GIVES FOUR STARTS TO VOLUME 3

"With the 5th and final piano concerto by the titan of Bonn, the Norwegian pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes,  arrives at the end of his “Beethoven Journey”, in this exciting “Beethovénie" pilgrimage - a fertile land of contrasts, rugged, precipitous but always open to the...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE VIENNA MUSIKVEREIN RESIDENCY

What the critics said: "A change from Beethoven’s five piano concertos - that might be the first impulse (to wish for). But on the first of three nights at the Vienna Musikverein it soon became clear that the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber...

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LUCERNE PIANO FESTIVAL RESIDENCY

What the critics said: "Their great affinity with this music could be felt at every moment: attentively relaxed, carefully familiar and with a sense of security without it being routine. That Andsnes was himself the conductor, led to no problems of coordination but...

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“SPARKLING WITH LIFE”

Norway's Klassisk Magazine reviews Volume 3 of the Beethoven Journey "The recordings to date in Leif Ove Andsnes’ ‘Beethoven Journey’ have been revelatory, bringing up each work as fresh as the day it was written, thanks both to Andsnes’ solo work and the orchestral...

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“EXEMPLARY”

Germany's leading music magazine, Fono Forum, reviews Volume 3 of the Beethoven Journey "This recording's two predecessors were celebrated widely throughout the music world as evidence of a largely perfect interpretation of the scores in conjunction with a finely...

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“COMPLETELY CONVINCING”

The Müncher Merkur reviews Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven Piano Concertos nos 3 & 5 with the Munich Philharmonic and Thomas Dausgaard "What we heard in this concert with the Munich Philharmonic at Gasteig, reached closer to the optimum approach to Beethoven....

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“COOL ELOQUENCE”

The Los Angeles Times reviews Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven 5 and The Choral Fantasy at Walt Disney Hall "Three years ago the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes began a "Beethoven Journey," a four-year project devoted to performing and exploring Beethoven's...

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HEROISM AND POETRY IN ARTFUL HARMONY

www.audaud.com reviews Volume III of the Beethoven Journey: "The conclusion of Andsnes’ Beethoven Journey presents us heroism and poetry in artful harmony, well-recorded ... The combination of fluent virtuosity and luxurious poetry that progress to a sense of...

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“AUFREGENDE BEETHOVEN-REISE”

The Kieler Nachrichten reviews Leif Ove and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra's opening concert in Hamburg: "Andsnes confirmed, and even surpassed, his reputation as one of the most distinguished Beethoven interpreters of our time." Source:...

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BEETHOVEN WITH “BOTH FEET ON THE GROUND”

The Hamburger Abendblatt reviews Leif Ove and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra's opening concert in Hamburg: "In the first movement of his Second Piano Concerto, Beethoven interrupts the lively giddy mood for a few bars to pause briefly with a dreamy melody. Nothing big,...

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UNDERSTANDING WHAT GOETHE MEANT

Bayerische Rundfunk reviews Volume III of the Beethoven Journey "A magical sound, transparency and always a bit of understatement …  elegant, slim, springy … Its hard to believe that this is music which was thrown down on paper to the sound of canon fire … and yet the...

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“ELEGANT YET POWERFUL PLAYING”

San Francisco Classical Voice reviews Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas "Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major rounded out the concert, with elegant yet powerful playing by...

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CLOSING THE SEASON IN TURIN WITH STYLE

Il Corriere Musicale reviews Leif Ove and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Turin "The Norwegian pianist closes the season with a program at Lingotto with (almost) everything Beethoven. The great stylistic appropriateness and accuracy of the whole orchestra is...

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“RESTRAINT, CLARITY, POISE”

www.seenandheardinternational.com reviews Leif Ove's Royal Festival Hall performance of the Emperor Concerto with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski "Restraint, clarity, poise: these were the touchstones of a performance that was more Classical than...

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“ASKED TO LISTEN ANEW”

Classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove's Royal Festival Hall performance of the Emperor Concerto with the London Philharmonic and Vladimir Jurowski "With the Beethoven, Leif Ove Andsnes was suitably regal in his opening flourishes, the LPO equally imperious with...

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“FINDING SOMETHING TO SAY”

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove's Carnegie Hall recital "Many young virtuoso pianists perform the Beethoven sonatas as a demonstration of their musical depth. But when he emerged as a major young artist, the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes avoided Beethoven. He...

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“BEYOND PIANISTIC”

Chicagoontheaisle.com reviews Leif Ove's Chicago recital. "After Leif Ove Andsnes’ headlong plunge into the presto finale of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” Sonata, which wrapped up his electric recital Sunday March 16 at Orchestra Hall, I could not help reflecting on what...

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LEIF OVE ANDSNES IN DER KÖLNER PHILHARMONIE

General Anzeiger Bonn reviews Leif Ove's recital at the Köln Philharmonie "Like a brewing storm, he overwhelmed the audience with his performance of the "Appassionata" opus 52. Even extremely volcanic moments seemed controlled without losing any of the work's...

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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE COSMOS OF BEETHOVEN’S SOLO PIANO WORKS

Der Kölner Stadtanzeiger reviews Leif Ove's recital at the Kölner Philharmonie. "Beethoven's Appassionata ends in an abyss of a furious Stretta. Many pianists deliver a black orgy of flying hair and sweat. Not Leif Ove Andsnes ... He also goes to extremes, but the...

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“STAGGERINGLY BEAUTIFUL”

Dagens Nyheter reviews Leif Ove's recital at the Stockholm Konserthus. "This Sunday Andsnes performed a Beethoven programme which represented various styles of Viennese classicism, including the innovative so called "fantasy sonata" which Beethoven himself hoped would...

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“A BEAUTIFULLY JUDGED PERFORMANCE”

The Guardian reviews Leif Ove's London recital Until 2012, there was a Beethoven-shaped hole in Leif Ove Andsnes's recorded repertoire. Now, with his second CD of the concertos just released, it is hard to decide whether to be glad that he waited until he knew exactly...

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“ANDSNES’ LUCID READING OF THE SOLO KEYBOARD WORKS”

The Times reviews Leif Ove's London recital "Most pianists have a composer whose work they avoid. For Leif Ove Andsnes that composer was, until recently, Beethoven. The Norwegian made his name as a Mozartian, and has recorded and performed Schubert extensively. Now...

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“A SERIOUSLY GOOD EVENING OF MUSIC AND MUSIC-MAKING”

Classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove's London recital "Leif Ove Andsnes graced not only the Barbican Hall but also the airwaves with this Beethoven recital. The B flat Piano Sonata was given a crisp and frolicsome first movement. Andsnes’s fingers needed no warm-up,...

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KULTURNYTT TALKS BEETHOVEN WITH LEIF OVE

Audiences in Sweden can listen to Leif Ove talking to Swedish Radio's flagship show Kulturnytt Det pågår en diskussion om vilken musik som ska spelas i våra konserthus, att vår tids musik trängs ut av de gamla mästarna. Den norske konsertpianisten Leif Ove Andsnes har...

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“THIS IS HOW ONE DREAMS OF WHAT A PIANO RECITAL SHOULD BE”

The Leipziger Volkskrant reviews Leif Ove's recital at the Gewandhaus "The world renowned Andsnes has long been considered one of the leading pianists. Nevertheless, this evening concert's was a surprise. Andsnes created a Beethoven Kaleidoscope  - not only by placing...

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“MIT DER APPASSIONATA ERFÜLLTE ANDSNES ALLE ERWARTUNGEN”

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reviews Leif Ove's recital at the Alte Oper "With the Appassionata Andsnes fulfilled all expectations;  he revealed the architectural qualities of the music which were previously only hinted at (in Beethoven's earlier sonatas) ......

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“APOLLO LIKE BEETHOVEN”

Information Denmark reviews Leif Ove's Copenhagen recital and asks "Leif Ove Andsnes plays Beethoven with great technical virutosity and insight. Can one ask for more? Download

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“BEETHOVEN BUBBLED ON BRYGGEN”

Jyllands Posten reviews Leif Ove's recital in Copenhage commenting "Leif Ove Andsnes kept listeners in a magical iron grip while he deftly let Beethoven's piano sonatas flow." Download Source: Jyllands Posten

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“REDEEMING MUSIC WITH SIMPLICITY AND CARE”

Denmark's Politiken reviews Leif Ove's recital in Copenahgen and the new Beethoven CD release "Interpretations are sharp, dynamic and intimate. But also breathing, subtly nuanced and explosive when it should be. The Orchestra and pianist are certainly on the same...

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“FLAWLESS FOCUS”

Berlinske reviews Leif Ove's recital in Copenhagen and gives it 6 out of 6 stars " ... The Norwegian sits amidst several hundred spectators but he does not leave a single note, nor a single tone to stray. He makes himself an instrument of the music, you might say. He...

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“WHAT A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE!”

Göteborg Posten reviews Leif Ove's concert with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in Gothenburg "... Andsnes took obvious note of the very spirit of the concerto ... it gurgled like a brook whilst allowing space for the solo part to improvise playfully ... His...

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“A REVELATION”

VG reviews Leif Ove and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra's performance at Oslo's Opera House "Rarely it happens that you just wish that a concert would continue and continue and continue"

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“UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY INTO THE BLACK DEPTHS”

Svenska Dagbladet reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Matthias Goerne in recital at Stockholm's Konserthus "På pappret skulle det bli rätt dystert. Barytonen Matthias Goerne – i Stockholm senast 1998 – och pianisten Leif Ove Andsnes hade valt ut sånger som snarare handlar om...

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“A CONCERT THAT SETS STANDARDS”

Kultur Speilet reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Matthias Goerne in recital at the Oslo Opera "En konsert som dette setter merker. Uendelig vakkert. En framføring som savner ord. Superlativene bare står i kø etter å ha opplevd Matthias Goerne og Leif Ove Andsnes i...

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“A MILESTONE FOR GREAT MUSICAL ART”

Dagbladet reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Matthias Goerne in recital at the Oslo Opera "Årets første recital ble en merkestein for stor tonekunst. Hovedscenen, Den Norske Opera og Ballett Det finnes konserter som du skulle ønske aldri tok slutt. Og som like gjerne kan...

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“COMPELLING AND GRIPPING”

The Times reviews Matthias Georne and Leif Ove Andsnes in recital at the Wigmore Hall in London: "No one does death like Matthias Goerne. The eyes stare, the body describes every melodic arc of anguish, the bass register penetrates the very heart of darkness. So a...

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“THOUGHTFUL RECITAL WHICH TOOK DEATH AS ITS THEME”

The Financial Times reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes in recital at the Wigmore Hall in London: "Most recitalists treat programme-making as a secondary art: a bit of light and dark, fast and slow, to point up contrasts, modulate a theme and display a...

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“DARING, EVEN SHOCKING PROGRAMME”

Classical Iconoclast reviews Matthias Georne and Leif Ove Andsnes in recital at the Wigmore Hall in London: "At the Wigmore Hall, London, Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes performed Mahler in a unique programme built around Shostakovich's Suite on Verses of...

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MAHLER AND SHOSTAKOVICH IN LIEDER RECITAL

Seen and Heard International reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes in recital at the Wigmore Hall in London: "This was in almost all respects a distinguished recital, at least as much for Leif Ove Andsnes’s playing as for Matthias Goerne’s singing; indeed, had...

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“PHENOMENAL MUSICALITY”

Goldenplec reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Dublin The Mahler Chamber Orchestra is an extremely unusual group, free from state funding and founded in 1997 by Claudio Abbado and a group of players from the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra who...

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“LESS IS MORE WITH ANDSNES”

The Irish Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Dublin Norway’s super-pianist Leif Ove Andsnes made his first concerto appearance at the NCH on Sunday, directing Beethoven’s Second and Fourth Concertos from the keyboard. It was very much a...

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“STYLISH BEETHOVEN FROM LEIF OVE ANDSNES”

Seenandheard-international.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in London Andsnes has a very modest and unassuming stage presence – when he finally came on to the concert platform to play the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto it was clear that...

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“A BEAUTIFULLY MATCHED PIANIST AND ORCHESTRA”

The Guardian reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh If ever proof was needed that the ethos of an orchestra affects the sound it makes, look no further than the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO). It's been 16 years since this exceptional...

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“A CONCERT TO LIVE LONG IN THE MEMORY”

The Scotsman reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Edinburgh Yes, it was a chilly night, and yes, there was probably plenty of competition elsewhere. But it was a shamefully small audience that turned out for the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s visit...

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“THE TRIUMPH OF THE BEAUTY OF HUMAN EMOTION”

Arts et Lettres reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Brussels Le silence qui précède les premières notes du concerto pour piano N°2 est éloquent. Le Mahler Chamber Orchestra est tout de suite  envoûtant par sa présence...

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“EXPLORING BEETHOVEN”

Klassiek-centraal.be reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Brussels Een optreden van Leif Ove Andsnes heeft altijd iets feestelijks. In tempore non suspecto, d.w.z. op een ogenblik in zijn carrière dat hij helemaal nog niet zo bekend was, is hij...

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DRAWING BREATH AS ONE

"Ever listened to the sound of a fifty piece orchestra that gasps for breath at one and the same time?" asks Belgium's Cutting Edge. "The Norwegian pianist had just finished the cadenza in the first movement of Beethoven's 4th piano concerto when a voice of a dozen...

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ANDSNES ASSUMES DUAL ROLE AND SUCCEEDS MAGNIFICENTLY

Seen and Heard review Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra's Edinburgh concert To great acclaim, Leif Ove Andsnes began his traversal of the Beethoven concertos (somewhat grandiosely entitled the Beethoven Journey) with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra last...

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“A VIRTUOSO OF FULL CLARITY”

The Berliner Morgenpost reviews Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester and Manfred Honneck. "He is a virtuoso of full clarity. Bass lines come naturally bubbling up from the depths of the heart … Leif Ove...

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“HÖRABENTEUER”

The Süddeutsche Zeitung reviews Beethoven Piano Concertos nos 2 & 4 with the Munich Philharmonic and Eivind Gullberg Jensen: "Why are such exciting programmes such as these so rare to hear ? The Norwegians Eivind Gullberg -Jensen conducting the Philharmonic...

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“MODERN TREATS AND ANDSNES”

Musicalamerica reviews from Munich:  "The 1909 candy-box essays by Schönberg and Webern, Fünf Orchesterstücke and Sechs Stücke, can pass by gratuitously in uncommitted hands. Such was not the case yesterday with the Munich Philharmonic. Norwegian conductor Eivind...

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“SOLACE FOR THE SOUL”

Kulturdelen reviews Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Sakari Oramo - the first concert in a year long residency at Stockholm's Konserthus. Source: Kulturdelen

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“VIRTUOSITY AND PERSONALITY”

Norway's Aftenposten reviews Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 2 with the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Pretrenko for the opening concert of the season - "For a musician of Andsnes' caliber virtuoso technique is only a means to highlight the music:...

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EL PIANISTA DEL NORTE

La Nueva Espana reviews Leif Ove's recital in Oviedo - "a sleek piano recital, with high gloss enamel finish and energetic sobriety." Source: La Nueva Espana

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“GRANDIOSE IN MINIATURE”

The Abendzeitung reviews the Munich recital: "in the Prinz Regententheater Leif Ove Andsnes leads us through Beethoven and Chopin ... Its incredible how he consistently finds the right tone". Source: Abendzeitung

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“RIVETING FROM BEGINNING TO END”

"Let there be no doubt about it" wrote Mark Berry on boulezian.blogspot from London. "Leif Ove Andsnes is a pianist and a musician of great distinction, and this was a recital of distinction." "Beethoven’s op.54 sonata opened the programme, Andsnes’s tone and touch...

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4 STARS FROM THE GUARDIAN

The Guardian gives a 4 star review of Leif Ove's Wigmore Hall recital with his "cathedral-like" performance of Liszt and "gloriously smooth" Chopin. Source: The Guardian

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A RECITAL OF “CLARITY AND ASSURANCE”

Concertonet.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Paris recital and commented "It appears the Théâtre des Champs Elysées was purified by the simplicity, naturalness and accuracy of Piano Leif Ove Andsnes. A brief but clear concert, where clarity and assurance were watchwords...

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“LE RÊVE DE L’ARCHITECTE”

Altamusica joins in the praise of Leif Ove Andsnes' Paris recital and pays tribute to his architectural approach to a programme which comprises works by Beethoven, Bartók, Liszt and Chopin. Source: www.altamusica.com

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5 STARS IN BIRMINGHAM

Backtrack reviews the Birmingham concert with the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt "Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is playing with Blomstedt and the orchestra for the entirety of the tour. He spoke very highly of them before the concert, and a...

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BEETHOVEN 4 IN BARCELONA

"Andsnes is a pianist with an undeniable talent" wrote the Revista Musical Catalana of Leif Ove's performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 4 on Monday in Barcelona. "(He has) a meticulous technique, attention to detail and unquestionable technical security .. with...

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“THE PALAU DE LA MÚSICA VIBRATES WITH BEETHOVEN”

"Rarely have we seen examples of such widespread enthusiasm" wrote Il Periodico of last night's concert in Barcelona. "The public ... largely cheered the young musicians of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and rhythmically clapped for the return to stage of the...

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