reviews Leif Ove Andsnes’ performance of the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser Möst

“Leif Ove Andsnes’s account of Schumann’s Piano Concerto was marked by poetic phrasing and conversational engagement with the orchestra: the interplay with woodwinds was particularly delightful. The piano sparkled brightly in the cadenza, and in the second-movement ‘Intermezzo’, the soloist’s opening chords were echoed delicately by the orchestra to preface an ardent dialogue between Andsnes and the cellos. In the Finale, Welser-Möst steered the ensemble through Schumann’s rhythmic intricacies while Andsnes dashed off the passagework.”