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17 September 2012, 17:05
Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes captures the sparkling spirit behind Beethoven's first and third piano concertos in this characterful recording with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Leif Ove Andsnes dances over the keyboard with ease as he tackles the flighty classical piano melodies of the Piano Concerto No. 1, injecting a sense of cheeky personality into the music - perfectly suited to Beethoven's lively tunes!
This album is part of an exciting project entitled 'The Beethoven Journey', which sees Andsnes recording all five Beethoven piano concertos. But the album is a journey in itself, moving from joyful wit to moments of stately elegance. The interplay between the piano and orchestra is just another reason to enjoy the music.
It's an album imbued with personality and charm, polishing Beethoven's timeless works of genius and bringing them smiling into the 21st Century.