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Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes- the album ‘Mozart Momentum- 1786' - CD Review, 19-20.05

Wednesday, 19 October 2022 , ora 10.12

On the 8th of April 2022, the renowned pianist Leif Ove Andsnes released a second disc from the Mozart Momentum series, recorded in the Bremen Radio Broadcasting Hall and in Wiener Musikverein. The collection features compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, from the time when the brilliant Austrian musician reformed piano writing. The first CD from this set, which includes pieces written in 1785 by Mozart, was referred to by the Gramaphone magazine as "The best classical music album of 2021". It has also received important awards from The Sunday Times and Diapason publications and from Radio France, having been acclaimed by critics for the skill and brilliance of Leif Ove Andsnes's performance. Following this overwhelming achievement, the Norwegian pianist returns, this time with a double disc which contains works written by Mozart in 1786: Piano Concerto No. 23 and No. 24, Rondo in D major, K. 485, Piano Trio No. 3, Piano Quartet in E-flat major, the chamber pieces from this album having been recorded together with violinist Matthew Truscott, violist Joel Hunter and cellist Frank-Michael Guthmann - members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. This album also contains an aria called "Ch'io mi scordi di te?", in which pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra accompany soprano Christiane Karg. She is one of the most valuable performers of the Mozartian vocal creations, a 41-year-old musician who studied at the Mozarteum University and is renowned for her frequent stage performances at the Salzburg Festival.

"When you come to realize how quickly Mozart evolved in the 1780s, you wonder what and why it happened. It's about an outstanding creativity and expressiveness in this phase of Mozart's", pianist Leif Ove Andsnes thinks. In 1786, the composer was writing the opera "The Marriage of Figaro" and his inspiration also spread towards the piano concertos and the chamber pieces that emerged that year. All of them seem to have fluency, a new spirit of the discourse, more profound layers of musical significance, a wider exploration of the instruments and of human nature, going beyond the conventional style and the public taste of that time. The two piano and orchestra concertos from Leif Ove Andsnes's new album mirror the composer's creative energy, who found himself in 1786 in Vienna, and which constitute quite original forms for that time in which "Mozart seemed to have explored his own style more deeply and approached new techniques. I know of no other music which comes with such high emotional diversity", Leif Ove Andsnes adds. With a flawless sound and an extensive touch, the pianist conveys the emotion and the dramatism of this sheet music, accompanied by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The soloist's concept was that of exploring the diversity of Mozart's 1786 creative life, of showing that the division between solo piano music, chamber and concerto repertoire is not truly relevant. The expressive range of Mozart's music and the striking way in which he can pass in a heartbeat from raw fervor to introspection and contemplation are of more importance. And the Mahler Chamber Orchestra has, without a doubt, the ability of showcasing these virtues of Mozartian creation, closely supporting all of soloist Leif Ove Andsnes's performing intentions. With a discography which contains more than 30 musical albums from various stylistic areas, from Bach's music to the contemporary one, Leif Ove Andsnes is one of the most admired pianists of our time. He has performed on prestigious stages and has been awarded many times over the years. He is currently professor at the Piano Academy in Bergen and the founding director of the Rosendal Chamber Music Festival.

Larisa Clempuș
Translated by Raluca Daniela Miloș,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu