“For The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos 1 & 3, be prepared to go back to early Beethoven – back when the young lion had yet to lose the dark colors in his hair, his hearing, his sanity and had not yet exploded into the immortal voice he left behind known as the dawn of the romantic era” writes popmatters.com.

“Leif Ove Andsnes plays the piano with what I can only call great understanding. His approach to the fat of the classical era is never cold, mechanical or dangerously flamboyant … There have been plenty of recordings of early Beethoven committed to budget-priced CDs over the years, and they all featured crappy mixes … I end up looking at The Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos No. 1 & 3 as a do-over for negligible stuff like that. The class that Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra bring to these two Beethoven piano concertos is the antidote, a reboot for the early Beethoven repertoire …  If this journey is an ongoing one, then we will be in for a treat later on.”

Read the complete review online at popmatters.com

Source: www.popmatters.com
Author: John Garratt