As Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra gear up for their residency at the Lucerne Piano Festival next week, the Aargauer Zeitung reviews the journey on disc and comments:

“Just to play – not everyone can do. Just to play and then in addition constantly surprise – very few can achieve. And that these performances also sound so compelling, so “right”, is downright splendid. Andsnes’ immediacy, coupled with the sometimes crude Mahler Chamber Orchestra sound, is immensley intriguing. It is not romanticized in the slow movements and yet sung, it is played with exuberant happiness in the finales, but there’s always action and it is far from naive.”

Source: Aargauer Zeitung