Lief Ove Andsnes


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 and check out the trailer here:

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve collected six months of my writings as “Azim Lewis Mayadas Blog [January – June 2015]: some of my thoughts, written down – vol. 1” with Dark Green Cover that is now available via Amazon at a modest price.
      PS: An earlier unformatted version of the 106-page book with Light Green Cover was supposed to have been deleted by Amazon end-June, but it still carries it despite my complaint last week, causing some confusion. I’ve since been assured that the faulty issue has been removed, but I felt it was important that my disclaimer should be made public, especially to those who have commented favorably on my blogs so as to avoid any untoward purchase of the earlier version – thanks!
      PPS: The forthcoming Volume 2 (July – December 2015) will I hope not suffer from the glitch that the release of Volume 1 suffered from at the time of rollout last month.

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