The Arts Desk interviews Leif Ove in advance of the London Proms

“Though perhaps not quite the “long strange trip” once hymned by the Grateful Dead, Leif Ove Andsnes’s Beethoven Journey has been a marathon undertaking. It has spanned four years, during which the Norwegian pianist and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra have toured the world, performing all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos with Andsnes conducting from the keyboard. This week, they bring their trek to a close by performing the concertos, plus Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, at the Proms, opening on Thursday (23 July) and continuing on Friday and Sunday. Along the way, pianist and orchestra have committed the concertos to disc, courtesy of Sony Classical, and earlier this year their recording of the Second and Fourth strolled away with BBC Music Magazine‘s Recording of the Year Award.”


Source: The Arts Desk