Sunday, February 3, 2008

Leif Ove Andsnes - A New Recording

I usually suggest audio recordings each week; however, I will depart from the usual and recommend a new DVD from Norway, by EMI, of the already legendary Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes, who has produced a delightful combination of narration and performance as tribute to Grieg, who died in 1907.
I will not be specific as to the contents of Andsnes and his personal odyssey involving his beloved Grieg; however, rest assured that this production is well-worth having.
Ultimately, the most revealing aspect of this DVD is the unique form of magic that Andsnes is capable of creating in his performances. For this writer, Andsnes is the most powerful of the younger pianists in the top echelon. His pianistic genius is one thing; however, what he does with the notes he plays is quite another. The unparalleled musical intellect, coupled with the uncanny ability to mold great expression without a trace of sentiment is an experience I have never undergone.
It is too simplistic to call him a great pianist. My senses compel me to describe him as a great musician who happens to use a piano as proof.

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