Warner Classics / 2007

(Reissue of 1990 Recording)

Grieg & Liszt – Piano Concertos

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Dmitri Kitayenko, conductor

It’s an all-round winner of a disc, with superlative playing from both soloist and orchestra, and a recorded sound to match. Andsnes’s view of the music is fairly traditional…[his] pedalling is a shade cautious, but he plays the piece so beautifully that there are no grounds for complaint…Overall, this looks set to be a highly enjoyable journey.

BBC Music Magazine *****

Track Listing
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
1. I. Allegro molto moderato
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato – Andante maestoso

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125
4. I. Adagio – Allegro agitato
5. II. Allegro moderato
7. III. Allegro deciso
8. IV. Allegro animato

Grieg: Lyric Pieces VIII (6), Op. 65
9. I. From Days of Youth (Fra ungdomsdagene)
10. II. Peasant’s Song (Bondens sang)
11.III. Melancholy (Tungsind)
12. IV. Salon
13. VI. In Ballad Style (I balladetone)
14. VI. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen)

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Some of the best Beethoven playing you will ever hear…clearly, this is music that Andsnes has been living with for many years – and it now emerges with an impressive maturity…The crisp, well-sprung playing in the introductions to both concertos could easily be mistaken for that of a period-instrument orchestra.