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Horizons - Leif Ove Andsnes


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 41682   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean SibeliusAlexander ScriabinFelix MendelssohnRichard Strauss,   ... 
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Pick'n'mix delights from a master pianist that bring a smile to the face

Andsnes here reveals a hitherto hidden side to his art – the salon charmer. Some of the pieces are favourites from his childhood, though it is not every nine-year-old who has tackled Sibelius’s uncharacteristically jolly “Staccato” Etude (from 13 Pieces, c1914) or mastered Chopin’s First Impromptu with such fluency and grace. I liked, too, the drama and sweep he brings to Liszt’s Liebesträume No 3 (though it will not suit everyone’s taste) and his avoidance of cliché, while the Norwegian’s own transcription of Halvorsen’s Chant de Veslemöy (originally for violin), Ibert’s Le petit âne blanc and Debussy’s Clair de lune are
Read more played with a beguiling innocence, ravishing tonal finesse and – most important – palpable affection.

Bravura highlights include Gieseking’s effulgent transcription of Richard Strauss’s Ständchen and Smetana’s Am Seegestade (“By the sea”), once a favourite encore of Ossip Gabrilowitsch, reminiscent of Raff’s La fileuse and a rare example of a concert étude that opens in one key (B major) and closes a tone lower! Enterprisingly, Andsnes has tracked down a score of Charles Trénet’s song “Coin de rue” transcribed by the coyly named “Mr Nobody” whom I have no qualms about outing as none other than Alexis Weissenberg. If Cherkassky brings more mischievous humour to the Shostakovich Polka and I harbour a preference for Godowsky’s version of Albéniz’s Tango (“a thin, weak, undistinguished whisp of conventional Hispanicism” – Sorabji) these are minor cavils.

The whole recital is superbly recorded. As Andsnes himself says, “It’s great to see people walk away from a concert with a smile on their face”. This disc has the same effect.

-- Jeremy Nicholas, GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Pieces (13) for Piano, Op. 76: no 2, Etude by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1914; Finland 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
2.
Impromptus (2) for Piano, Op. 14: no 1 by Alexander Scriabin
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895; Russia 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
3.
Songs without words, vol 6, Op. 67: no 2, Allegro leggiero in F sharp minor by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
4.
Lieder (6), Op. 17: no 2, Ständchen by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885-1887; Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Walter Gieseking.
Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
5.
Paisajes (3): no 2, El lago by Federico Mompou
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
6.
Chorale Preludes (10) for Piano after J. S. Bach: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1898 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
7.
Impromptu for Piano no 1 in A flat major, B 110/Op. 29 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Paris, France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
8.
Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
9.
Age of Gold, Op. 22: Polka by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; USSR 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
10.
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España": no 2, Tango by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
11.
Canción y Danza no 1 by Antonio Ruiz-Pipó
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
12.
Polish Songs (6) for Piano (Chopin), S 480: no 5, My darling by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847-1860; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
13.
Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 4 "Valse Impromptu" by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Rome, Italy 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005)
Composition written: Rome, Italy (1881 - ?1885). 
14.
Toccata no 2 by George Antheil
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
15.
Coin de rue by Charles Trenet
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Mr. Nobody.
Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
16.
Suite de morceaux caractéristiques: Veslemöy's Sang by Johan Halvorsen
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1898; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leif Ove Andsnes.
Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
17.
Humoresques (4) for Piano, Op. 6: no 3, Allegretto con grazia by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
18.
Am Seegestade in G sharp minor, B 119/T 86/Op. 17 by Bedrich Smetana
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Czech Republic 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
19.
Pieces (2) for Piano, Op. 47: no 1, Lotus land by Cyril Scott
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
20.
Histoires: no 2, Le petit âne blanc by Jacques Ibert
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
21.
Suite bergamasque: 3rd movement, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1890/1905; France 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 
22.
Stimmungen, Op. 73: no 4, Folketone by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1905; Norway 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Suffolk, England (09/01/2005 - 09/05/2005) 

Sound Samples

Etude Op. 76 No. 2
Impromptu 1 Op. 14
Songs without Words: Song without words Op. 67 No. 2
Standchen
Paisajes: II. El lago (Le Lac)
Chorale prelude "Ich Ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" BWV. 639 (arr. Bussoni)
Impromptu No.1 in A flat, Op.29
Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat major
Polka (from the ballet L'Age d'or, op.22)
España Op. 165: No. 2, Tango
Cançons i danses (Songs and Dances): No. 1 (1921)
6 Chants polonais (Chopin) S480: V. Meine Freuden (Nocturne)
Valse impromptu S213
Toccata No. 2
Chanson Coin de Rue
Veslemöy's Song
4 Humoresques Op. 6: No. 3 Allegretto con grazia
At the Sea
2 Pieces Op. 47: Lotus Land
10 Histoires: Le petite âne blanc (The Little Donkey)
Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)
Stimmungen Op. 73: No. 4 Folk Song

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