Leif Ove Andsnes’ Chopin album is nominated for an International Classical Music Award, voted by a jury comprising 18 of Europe’s leading classical music media.  Meanwhile the latest reviews for the album has have been posted by the Financial Times and Musicweb-international.com

“How did Chopin play the piano? A veil of mystery will always stand between us and composers who lived before the invention of recording … Every pianist today has to make his own choices. In his latest recording Leif Ove Andsnes is a model of sympathetic understanding — never exaggerated, or self-seeking, and keeping close to the letter of the score without seeming literal or dogmatic. He also makes a warm, mellow sound, which is a constant pleasure, a long way from the steely brilliance of the Russian virtuoso school.”


“Leif Ove Andsnes is one of those rare pianists who can play an extraordinarily wide range of repertoire to an exceptionally high standard … With this new recording of the Ballades together with a selection of Nocturnes he shows what a truly gifted Chopin interpreter he is  … There are some very fine recordings of the Chopin Ballades by artists such as Zimmerman, Perahia and Hough. There is no doubt that Andsnes belongs in that exalted company … “