A RACHMANINOV “REVELATION”

Classical-scene.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra "The BSO have only played Rachmaninov’s fourth and final piano concerto twice in the past. It’s the most modern of his...

“NELSONS ENDS BSO SEASON ON A HIGH NOTE”

The Boston Globe reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 4 with Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra "Andris Nelsons’s final program of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2016-17 season was imaginatively conceived, three somber...

“A GRAND SLAM MATCH OF CRACK PIANISTS”

The Washington Post reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital tour of the States "Once upon a time, when you had to make music if you wanted to hear it, playing on two pianos was a social entertainment, a kind of drawing-room conversation between friends....

“ANDSNES, HAMELIN MAKE A MOST COMPELLING DUO”

The Chicago Tribune reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital tour of the States "... The pianists are just different enough in matters of style and temperament to complement one another.  In their recital of Mozart, Debussy and Stravinky, the precision...

“PIANO DUO CAPTIVATES CARNEGIE HALL”

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital at Carnegie Hall "Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” retains the power to shock in part through its raw, blazingly colorful orchestration. But the piece actually first came into being as a piano duo....

“AND VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE!”

ConcertoNet.com reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital at Carnegie Hall "What made last night special was not a duo-piano team. For more than a century, duo-pianists have been a popular staple, playing popular music from Schubert to Rachmaninoff. Add to...

“2 SUPERPOWERS OF THE PIANO JOIN FOR SEATTLE RECITAL”

The  Seattle Times reviews Leif Ove and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital tour of the States "... Their first piece, a brief and seldom-heard Mozart “Larghetto and Allegro in E-Flat Major,” emerged with cheerful serenity. Stravinsky’s propulsive Concerto for Two Pianos...

“MESMERISING PARTNERSHIP”

The Financial Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital in London "Some artists achieve greatness by big competition wins, massive press campaigns, drop-dead good looks or a penchant for branding their name on everything from sneakers to...

“THE IRRESISTIBLE POWER AND MOMENTUM OF A JUGGERNAUT”

 "A two-piano recital is a peculiar thing. It’s chamber music, but who’s playing what? On a small stage such as the Wigmore’s, with the two instruments slotted together like interlocking tiles, the sound seems to emerge from a single, truly grand piano. Alone,...

“EXTRAORDINARY PALETTE OF COLOUR”

Trouw revivews Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin's duo recital in Rotterdam "In arithmetic it is clear that one plus one equals two, but in the case of the interaction between Andsnes and Hamelin the sum is much greater ... Especially in Debussy's "En blanc et...

“QUICKSILVER MUSICAL RAPPORT”

The Guardian reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra on tour in London "This captivating ensemble offered a life-enhancing account of Prokofiev and danced their way through Grieg in what felt like a get-together of old friends ... When they...

“LEIF OVE ANDSNES, UN ARTISTE COMPLET”

Belgium's Crescendo Magazine reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in Geneva "... The temptation to be both the soloist and leader is today an 'endemic disease' that affects many artists, with a negative result most of the time. But it must be...

LEIF OVE ANDSNES, L’ÉVIDENCE PAR LE PIANO

La Tribune de Genève reviews Leif Ove Andsnes and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra on tour "In the second half of the evening we heard Mozart's Piano Concertos no. 20 KV 466 and No. 22 KV 482, in which Leif Ove Andsnes directed economically and with preision. Above...

“EINE EMOTIONALE, EXISTENTIALISTISCHE REISE”

Klassik begeistert reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove's Andsnes performance of Schubert's Winterreise in the Boulez Saal, Berlin "Goerne und Andsnes geben eine äußerst persönliche Darbietung, die als eine Wanderung zwischen Emotionswelten betrachtet werden kann. Wir...

“SANS DOUTE LEUR PLUS BEL HIVER”

Bachtrack.com reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "… Would this be the most accomplished journey that Matthias Goerne gave in Paris? All the evidence led you to think so: the complete concentration, the artistic intransigence and with...

“UN CHANT DU CYGNE PRÉ-WAGNÉRIEN”

Forum Opera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "To open the evening, Matthias Goerne fades behind his playing partner, pianist Leif Ove Andsnes … The Drei Klavierstücke that he gives us are the work of an architect. The shape appears...

“APOTHÉOSE”

Concertonet reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "A smaller audience at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (and less coughing) for the last Schubert evening by Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes, which was by far the best of the three....

“A WONDERFUL DUO IN SCHUBERT”

Klassiek-Centraal reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "The fantastic impression that Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes left behind after their rendition of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin on Wednesday, February 1st was confirmed...

BONHEUR, UN «CYGNE»

Liberation reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "On stage, Matthias Goerne makes compromises …  The lied specialist, knows how to transcend all the pitfalls in these songs with a breathtaking interpretation. Sober, and with rare body...

“A MIRACULOUS EVENING”

Concertonet reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "Winterreise -  A miraculous evening thanks mostly to the assets of the two performers, Goerne and Andsnes,  who seem to work perfectly in tandem with each other … Another memorable...

“UR SOUS LA GLACE”

Forum Opera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris   "One of the major challenges in the interpretation of Winterreise lies in its title. In no case should it be a dreary road through dull snow and a grey sky. If the Schubertian journey...

“SCHUBERTIADES AT THE TOP”

Crescendo Magazine reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "Being able to hear Schubert's three great cycles of lieder in just four days is already a boon. But to witness the fabulous interpretation given in this early February by...

“GOERNE SOUS UN CIEL IMMENSÉMENT GRAND”

Forum Opera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "We often think that we have already seen and heard everything about Die Schöne Müllerin. The constellation of interpretations and recording is dizzying and offers so many different...

“A MEETING OF WATER AND FIRE”

Concertonet reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Paris "Matthias Goerne knows how to choowe his companions ... it as as if Leif Ove Andsnes' calm prescence and inner strength are soothing to him ... the understanding between the two...

“EXCEPTIONAL” SCHUBERT CYCLE IN BRUSSELS

ForumOpera reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "There are concerts that are quickly forgotten, the ones we keep for a few weeks, and then there are those we think we can remember a lifetime. Among the three recitals given by...

“EMOTIONAL DIE SCHÖNE MÜLLERIN”

Klassiek-Centraal reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes' Schubert cycle in Brussels "For three Schubert recitals the phenomenal baritone Mathias Goerne and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes are guests at Bozar. "Die schöne Müllerin is generally regarded as the least...

SUBLIME “WINTERREISE”

Le Temps reviews Matthias Goerne and Leif Ove Andsnes at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad "The great bass-baritone Matthias Goerne sang the most poignant cycle of the Viennese composer with the pianist Leif Ove Andsnes at the Musical Summits of Gstaad. Outside, a cold...

“A FIRST CLASS MOZART INTERPRETER”

Drehpunktkultur.at reviews Leif Ove's performance of Mozart in Salzburg with the Vienna Philharmonic and Thomas Hengelbrock. "... Then Leif-Ove Andsnes walked unpretentiously to the Steinway … and conjured one of the truly greatest Mozart piano concertos, the one in D...

“SUBDUED GLOW OF EXCITEMENT”

Reviewing the Munich concert the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote "The evening in the Gasteig Philharmonic was marked by D minor. With quite different musical Gods: Mozart and Bruckner, but with two musical performers of the same ilk: Andris Nelsons and Leif Ove Andsnes,...

“STAR PIANIST ANDSNES IS CRYSTALLINE BEDROCK”

Finland's Helsingin Sanomat reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' Helsinki recital: "Konsertti Pianisti Leif Ove Andsnes Kansallisoopperassa sunnuntaina. – Sibelius, Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin. Olipa kiintoisia ääripäitä viime viikkojen konserteissa. Ensin kuulin Pekka Kuusistoa,...

“OUTSTANDING RECITAL”

Seen and Heard International reviews Leif Ove's piano recital at the Barbican in London "Leif Ove Andsnes is one of those rare pianists who seem to be able to play absolutely everything.  I remember listening to him at the Proms many years ago giving a stunning...

“THE ‘LOG FIRE’ BURNING DEEP WITHIN”

Classical Source reviews Leif Ove's piano recital at the Barbican in London "With Leif Ove Andsnes you get what you see: an artist of quiet deportment and no frills, technically consummate, hands close to the keyboard, keenly attuned to the smallest detail, the...

“THIS IS A UTOPIAN PLACE FOR UTOPIAN MUSICIANS”

theartsdesk at the Rosendal Festival: Schubert above a fjord: A half-Norwegian voyage around 1828 from Leif Ove Andsnes and friends "More than just a great and serious pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes is a Mensch. His special gift in recent years has been to bring young...

“TRULY MAGICAL”

iapason Magazine reviews the Rosendal Festival "For the first Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, nestled in a village between a Norwegian fjord and mountains, Leif Ove Andsnes has found a winning formula : a perfect balance between simplicity and ambition … In addition...

“ROSENDAL SHOULD BE EXPERIENCED”

Austria's Klassik Radio reports from the Rosendal Festival "Since the start of his successful career Leif Ove Andsnes has been a passionate chamber music performer. And this passion he shows yet again in a wonderful new festival which he just launched. "Central to the...

“THE ENIGMATIC SCHUBERT”

Dagbladet reviews The Rosendal Festival "The intensely beautiful landscape of the stately Rosendal Barony was filled with music. And not just any music, but with chamber music of the highest level. It sounds like a fantasy, or a pipe dream. But now its really there....

SCHUBERT IN THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS

Bayerische Rundfunk reports from the Rosendal Festival and interviews Leif Ove Andsnes The Norwegian Fjords are wildly romantic. Surrounded by sea and mountains, it is here in Rosendal that pianist Leif Ove Andsnes has founded a new chamber music festival. Central to...

“THE SOUND OF ROSENDAL”

Vårt Land reports on the first Rosendal Festival and its new acoustics "The beautiful village by the Hardanger Fjord has its roots in the Barony which dates from 1665. Leif Ove Andsnes has created a music programme which fits the setting - and literally created a new...

50 YEARS OF MOSTLY MOZART FESTIVAL

The New York Times reviews Leif Ove Andsnes at the Mostly Mozart Festival "The Mostly Mozart Festival, having opened its 50th season a week ago with “The Illuminated Heart,” a staged production of excerpts from Mozart operas, settled into something more routine a few...

“BEARING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL FRUIT”

Qobuz reviews the Brahms Piano Quartets in Paris "The most passionate and assidious of amateur chamber music players will not remember having ever heard all three of these works by Brahms in the same evening ... it requires the coming together of four absolutely top...

“KNIFE-EDGED MUSICALITY” IN BRAHMS

Die Presse reviews Brahms' Piano Quartets in Vienna "The Piano Quartet is a genre which falls between two chairs - trios for piano and strings are available in abundance, the rarer Quintets one hears often, because a string quartet only has to invite a pianist into...

“DEEPLY HUMAN” BRAHMS

The Tiroler Tageszeitung reviews Brahms's Quartets in Wattens, Austria "Thomas Lacher invited four artists of the first rank onto the stage: Leif Ove Andsnes on the piano, Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Tabea Zimmermann, Viola, and Clemens Hagen, cello. Grandiose...

ALLOWING THE MUSIC TO UNFOLD WITH “ELEGANCE AND POWER”

www.classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' second London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "As recipes go, the combination of the London Symphony Orchestra, Leif Ove Andsnes, London Symphony Chorus and Michael Tilson Thomas doesn’t get much better...

“CLASS ACT”

The Guardian reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "Sometimes, if you want a job doing you have to do it yourself. This was the first of the Artist Portrait concerts the LSO is putting on in London for pianist Leif Ove...

“A JOVIAL, TRIUMPHANT PERFORMANCE”

"thelatest.co.uk" reviews Leif Ove Andsens performance of Mozart Piano Concerto no. 20 at the Brighton Festival "Originally billed conductor Daniel Harding was sadly ill, but thankfully there were two highly capable replacements in store on the opening night of the...

“A MAGNIFICENT RENDITION”

www.classicalsource.com reviews Leif Ove Andsnes' first London performance in his LSO Artist Profile Series "The key of the concert was D-minor, and Leif Ove Andsnes directed the ominous opening of the Mozart with urgent, anxious syncopated rumblings and launched into...

OPENING THE LSO’S ARTIST PORTRAIT

Bachtrack.com 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...

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