Lief Ove Andsnes
Ever onward and upward – as Lief’s photograph suggests! Norwegians are known world-wide for their questing explorers of old plying oceans for territories unknown. Yet, on a more mundane earth-bound plane, Lief’s no shirker, play-it-safe pianist, in today’s international competitive concertizing. For example, he waited patiently over a couple of decades until he felt that he could do justice to performing all of Beethoven’s five piano concertos according to his sensibilities before bedazzling us with his new recordings of them that were awarded by the BBC with its best prize for 2015 on his birthday today, April 8, 2015. What an astounding achievement, which is memorialized in this website:
For the past four years award-winning filmmaker Phil Grabsky has journeyed with Leif Ove Andsnes as he and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra undertook to play and record the five Beethoven piano concerti in top venues around the world.
The film captures what became a series of 5-star reviewed performances and then CDs. It also offers Leif Ove’s articulate and fresh insight into some of the greatest music ever written and its composer Ludwig van Beethoven. You can sign up for the newsletter at www.seventh-art.com and check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/