“The Beethoven Journey”: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4 is Album of the Week on WQXR and Leif Ove returns to Carnegie Hall with all-Beethoven performance.
“These performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 live up to the standard that Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes set with his previous recording of the Beethoven Concertos Nos. 1 & 3, released in 2012. As Andsnes indicates in the liner notes, this album was delayed due to the premature birth of his twin children, Erlend and Ingvild (both of whom are now doing fine). Whether a kind of childlike wonder comes through in moments was inspired by personal circumstances is difficult to say but the performances have moments of depth, majesty and joyous enthusiasm, all backed by the attentive Mahler Chamber Orchestra.”