Recital 4

Leif Ove Andsnes

Sibelius | Widmann | Schubert | Beethoven | Chopin

Sat, 25.11. | 18.30 | No. 17511

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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18.11.-26.11. 2017



    Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
    a selection of five piano pieces
    Jörg Widmann (*1973)
    Idyll und Abgrund ("Idyll and Abyss"). Six Schubert Reminiscences
    Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
    Three Piano Pieces, D. 946
    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2 The Tempest
    Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849)
    Nocturne in B major, Op. 62, no. 1
    Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52

    A recital for those who enjoy exploring. When the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius is mentioned, we tend to think of his magnificent symphonies or his tone poems based on the myths from the Finnish epic, the Kalevala. But piano pieces by Sibelius? They do exist, and they are worth encountering, as Leif Ove Andsnes will prove. Three years after his spectacular “Beethoven Journey” through the classical master’s complete piano concertos, the Norwegian pianist now returns with a solo recital that will be both exquisite and deeply meaningful. For example, he will juxtapose Schubert’s heavenly Three Piano Pieces D. 946 with the “Schubert Reminiscences” by Jörg Widmann from 2009, whose title Idyll und Abgrund (“Idyll and Abyss”) points to the ambiguity so characteristic of Schubert. The concert’s second half offers the finest fare for connoisseurs of classical music: Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata will find Leif Ove Andsnes setting out on metaphysical terrain, while with Chopin he can show himself to be a poet at the piano.

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    Leif Ove Andsnes

    Leif Ove Andsnes was born in 1970 in Karmøy, Norway. He graduated with a degree in piano from the Bergen Conservatory of Music as a student of Jiří Hlinka; he was additionally influenced by Jacques de Tiège, a Belgian piano teacher.  Andsnes began his international career in 1989 with appearances in New York and Washington, D.C., and made his debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra and at the BBC Proms in London in 1990 and 1991, respectively. He has concertized with the leading orchestras since then, from the Berlin Philharmonic to the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Andsnes has often taken over the task of leading the orchestra in these engagements as well, as he did for Beethoven Journey, a major project in which he performed the composer’s complete piano concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 27 countries, from 2012 to 2015. During the 2017-18 season, he is collaborating closely with the New York Philharmonic as artist-in-residence; there he will perform piano concertos by Rachmaninoff and Britten, as well as Debussy’s Fantaisie for piano and orchestra. Additional engagements will take him to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo and London Philharmonics, the Vienna Symphony, and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. Andsnes’ repertoire ranges from the 18th century up to the classics of the modern era and contemporary works. He has released more than 30 CDs, which have won no fewer than six Gramophone Awards. His most recent recording is an anthology of piano music by Jean Sibelius, which was released in October 2017. Leif Ove Andsnes is also a passionate chamber musician, and he led the Risør-Festival in his Norwegian homeland for nearly 20 years, having co-founded it in 1991. He teaches piano at the Norwegian Academy of Music. Andsnes is a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, and, in 2007, he received the Peer Gynt Prize.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 30 August 2002 playing Bartók’s Second Piano Concerto, with Pierre Boulez conducting the Berlin Philharmonic

    November 2017

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