interviews Leif Ove about his new Sibelius album and his upcoming recital tour:

Andsnes will be playing some of these Sibelius pieces in his upcoming recital at the Royal Festival Hall and around Europe, in a programme that also includes Beethoven, Schubert and Jörg Widmann. “In the first half, I wanted to start with a selection of Sibelius pieces. Then there’s a real connection between the Widmann’s Idyll and Abyss and Schubert’s Klavierstücke D946, because the Widmann is a piece about Schubert’s mind. I think it’s a fantastic piece and I’m impressed by how he has been able to incorporate Schubertian harmonies and style within a modern language. One moment it’s light-hearted like Schubert’s dances, and then the next moment you are in the other side of Schubert – extremely dark and touching. Beethoven’s “Tempest” sonata which I’m playing in the second half is a new piece for me – I’m really obsessed about it – and will fit really well with Chopin’s Ballade no. 1. There’s also a connection there.”

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