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The Beethoven Journey - Piano Concertos No 1-5 / Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 10/27/2014 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 305887   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

THE BEETHOVEN JOURNEY has been a four-year collaborative project between celebrated Norwegian pianist and 2013 Gramophone Hall of Fame inductee, Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Together they have recorded all of the Beethoven Piano Concertos, as well as the Choral Fantasy, with Andsnes not only playing but also directing the orchestra from the keyboard. Although Andsnes has an extensive discography, The Beethoven Journey was his first Beethoven recording ever. The series began with the live recording of Piano Concertos 1 & 3 at the Prague Spring Festival in 2012, which was named iTunes Best Instrumental Album of 2012. This was followed by the live recording of Piano Concertos 2 & 4 in London in 2013 with the final Read more album, Piano Concerto No. 5, recorded live once again at the Prague Spring Festival in 2014. Now, all three celebrated recordings are available together for the first time.

The New York Times has called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight.” With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, Andsnes has won acclaim worldwide playing in the world’s leading cocert halls and with the world’s leading orchestras. He has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards®, five Gramophone Awards and was recently inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, prompting the Wall Street Journal to call him “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation.”
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 3 in C minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in C major, Op. 15 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Conductor:  Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793/1798; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 80 "Choral Fantasy" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Leif Ove Andsnes (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  3 Customer Reviews )
 A superb set of performances May 25, 2015 By Katherine J. (Durham, NC) See All My Reviews "Mr. Andsnes does everything right. His technique is superb without being showy, the emotional qualities of the pieces come through clearly, and he works well with the orchestra. The Choral Fantasy that completes the set is also extremely well done. This is my new favorite CD set." Report Abuse
 Recommended March 24, 2015 By Finn T. (Aurskog, Norway) See All My Reviews "A brilliant performance" Report Abuse
 Music Great: Botched Metadata January 14, 2015 By James W. (Woodbridge, VA) See All My Reviews "We enjoyed the music when played on local PBS station so much that we ordered the set. Rather than hassle with 3 CDs in the car, I ripped the albums to a USB Flash Drive. The metadata on the disc with 2 and 4 was unrecognizable and resulted in error screen. I eventually faked it out by loading it as 1 and 3 and hand-editing the track numbers so the concertos were not intermingled. A lot of work because of bad metadata. But again, the music is great." Report Abuse
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