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 in perfect balance … One listens to him, as you listen to a very good storyteller … The small-scale program that Andsnes had put together was a bit perplexing on first reading. What connects the Lyric Pieces and forest scenes by Sibelius, Beethoven’s E flat major Sonata, Op. 31, Debussy’s Études, another Étude by Chopn as well as an Impromptu, Nocturne and Ballad? But while listening it soon became clear: All of these character sets and genre pieces become at one with each other when  “Uncle” Leif Ove  maintains a quasi-narrative stance. The poet speaks.”

 

Source: Hamburger Abendblatt

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