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One of the intimidating few who possess power and personality in equal measure. -- The New Yorker

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  1. LullabiesLeif Ove Andsnes 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra: 1. SatzLeif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra: 2. PrestoLeif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra: 3.Leif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst 7:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Concerto For Piano & Orchestra: 4.Leif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst 7:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Hommage à Farkas Ferenc (3) (Evocation of Petrushka) Lendülettel - VivacissimoLeif Ove Andsnes0:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Aus Der Ferne (For Alfred Schlee's 80th Birthday) - A Voice In The DistanceLeif Ove Andsnes 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Bogáncs (Thistle)Leif Ove Andsnes0:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Les Adieux (in Janáceks Manier)Leif Ove Andsnes 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Vizözön-szirénák (Sirens of the Deluge)Leif Ove Andsnes0:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Apokrif Himnusz (Apocryphal Hymn)Leif Ove Andsnes0:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Hempergos (Tumble-Bunny)Leif Ove Andsnes0:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Hommage á Farkas Ferenc (2) (Scraps of a colinda melody - faintly recollected)Leif Ove Andsnes 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra: I.Leif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst 9:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra: II.Leif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst10:22Album Only
16. Concerto For Piano And Orchestra: III.Leif Ove Andsnes/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Franz Welser-Möst 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. The Shadows Of SilenceLeif Ove Andsnes15:57Album Only

Product Details

  • Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Conductor: Franz Welser-Most
  • Composer: Witold Lutoslawski, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Bent Sorensen, Gyorgy Kurtag
  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B001PKVFFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,697 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver on January 15, 2010
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Leif Ove Andsnes is not a pianist traditionally associated with contemporary repertoire, but on this EMI disc he plays a programme consisting entirely of recent piano works by four composers, including a couple of world-premiere recordings. Andsnes was even the dedicatee of two of the pieces, so his reading is an especially important document.

Bent Sorensen has long been a secret of the Danish musical world. He studied with Per Norgard, but has a style all his own, writing music that references the Romantic tradition but with alterations that make the music seem decayed, like looking at an old photograph. In the brief "Lullabies" for solo piano (2000) this is done by ending lines almost as soon as they've begun, as if they were half-forgotten. In the much longer "The Shadows of Silence" for solo piano (2003-04), the purity of the musical line is constantly undermined by tremolos. Sorensen's music didn't grab me the first time I heard it like some of my favourite composers, but I'm slowly coming around to him and I think he's one of the most interesting figures writing at the moment.

Marc-Andre Dalbavie's Piano Concerto (2005) continues this composer's interest in combining the traditions of common-practice tonality with the insights of the spectralist school, a kind of "metatonality". The percussive interplay of the piano and the orchestra gives the impression that Dalbavie was looking back to Bartok's first and second concertos. The piano part is not especially great, as much of it consists of simple scales. The orchestral writing holds my interest more, containing such beloved Dalbavie sounds as a quiet hush of overtones pierced by a glowing brass tone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. on November 23, 2009
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Leif Ove Andsnes is an amazing talent known for his rare capability to combine verve and virtuosity with abundant touch and finesse. The New Yorker has called the Norwegian pianist "one of the intimidating few who possess power and personality in equal measure", while the Financial Times has called him "an eminently sensual musician, an artist capable of grace and introspection", and the present recording offers plenty to support those accolades. As an exclusive EMI Classics artist, Andsnes has recorded over 30 discs spanning a wide-ranging repertoire from Bach to Shostakovich and has been nominated for seven Grammies and awarded many international prizes including four Gramophone Awards to date.

"Shadows of Silence", released in spring of 2009, features works by the Danish composer Bent Sorensen and the French Marc-Andre Dalbavie both of which works Andsnes premiered with great success at New York's Carnegie Hall and London Proms respectively. The other major piece on this CD is Witold Lutoslawski's Piano Concerto, composed in 1988 in Poland and well on its way of becoming not only a classic but also one of the greatest piano concertos of the second half of the 20th Century. They are all convincingly played with the flair and energy that this wonderful artist, Leif Ove Andsnes, is renowned to possess in generous quantities. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on October 6, 2010
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Of course! Though some termagants have accused Leif Ove Andsnes of "caution" and "impersonality" -- meaning, I think, a disdain for post-Romantic efflorescence -- no one could possibly make a program of modernist music such as the five compositions on this CD intelligible on first hearing (as Andsnes does) or enjoyable without "refined musicianship" plus a large measure of very secure technique. If you hear any "caution" in this performance, be sure to mark the exact minute and post it as a comment.

The twin centerpieces of this recording are the concertos by Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994) and Marc-André Dalbavie (b. 1961). There are half a dozen recordings, at least, of the Lutoslawski concerto, but the Dalbavie is utterly fresh, commissioned for and premiered by Andsnes in New York in 2005. Lutoslawski and Dalbivie speak different languages about their musical theories but the two concerti have many similarities, both in sonority and in affect. By 1987, when his piano concerto was completed, Lutoslawski had 'loosened' his commitments to serialism and to aleatoricism and allowed himself a lot of freedom of orchestral coloration. This concerto is quite gracious in its 'ad lib' chromaticism. Most of the fun is in the orchestration, though an eager athleticism is demanded of the pianist. The much younger Dalbivie has been associated with a compositional theory described as "spectralism", and much of his work has featured assemblages of electroacoustic and conventional instruments. The mantra of spectralism is simple: "music consists of sounds, not notes." In other words, composers like Dalbavie are preoccupied more with 'how people hear their music' than with how the music is put together.
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