Soloist: Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Richard Strauss, Don Juan, tone poem, Op. 20
Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
Dmitri Shostakovich, Symphony No 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Celebrating its centenary in 2019, the internationally renowned Oslo Philharmonic is acclaimed for its cathartic musical vision and sonic brilliance. “Gramophone Artist of the Year 2017,” Vasily Petrenko is known for his great breadth of knowledge and total dedication. The charismatic Russian maestro was appointed Oslo Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor in 2013. The orchestra’s convincing, technically superb and sophisticated musical performances stem from the strong affinity among the musicians.
A leading pianist of his generation, Leif Ove Andsnes has been enchanting audiences with his superior technique, compelling interpretations and sensitivity. He is recipient of several prestigious awards, most recently the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Year (for the extensive The Beethoven Journey volumes) and was Artist in Residence at the New York Philharmonic in the 2017/18 season.
Overflowing with violent emotions, the programme juxtaposes Strauss’ dramatic, in many ways revolutionary, tone poem, Grieg’s youthful masterpiece that impressed even the discriminating Liszt, and Shostakovich’s heart-rending depiction of life in the USSSR under dictator Stalin.
A pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight
The New York Times