reviews Leif Ove Andsnes’ first London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series

“This concert opened the LSO’s Artist Portrait on Andsnes. K466 is indisputably a masterpiece; soaked in dramatic tension from the opening, it is one of Mozart’s most atmospheric pieces with a deep seam of unrest – conjured by D minor, used more famously in the the hell-fire Commendatore scene at the end of Don Giovanni – that gives way intermittently to flashes of playful whimsy and humour. Andsnes did not seem fazed by stepping into the breach and slipped back and forth between roles without effort. It helps, of course, when you know a piece as well as Andsnes knows this concerto, which he played in his first performance with a professional orchestra. Andsnes’ technique was impeccable; cascading magnificently in particular on the cadenza at the end of the first movement …”