Backtrack reviews the Beethoven Journey in Birmingham

” … Andsnes is renowned for his fine interpretations of works by the great Romantics like Rachmaninov, Schumann and Grieg as well as the Classicists, Haydn and Mozart. In Beethoven’s music, these worlds tend to collide, and Andsnes proved to be a very fine Beethoven interpreter indeed. Technically, his playing was flawless, which I would have expected from a pianist of his stature, but this was all the more remarkable given his dual role as performer and director … It was a privilege to witness a part of this “journey”, and it was clear that Andsnes and this wonderful orchestra are getting along splendidly.”

Author: Peter Marks