Leif Ove Andsnes feels a special bond with Ludwig van Beethoven: “He speaks to people from heart to heart,” says the pianist. In his Piano Sonata No. 31, Beethoven moves the listener with a multitude of emotions, from meditative intimacy to exultant ecstasy. The other items on the programme are also heartfelt: Antonín Dvořák describes romantic images of nature in his Poetic Moods, Leoš Janáček the tragic death of a worker at a demonstration in the First Piano Sonata, Alexander Wustin the song of a bird during a funeral in his Lamento and Valentin Silvestrov's Bagatelle is melancholic and consoling.
Leif Ove Andsnes piano
Piano Sonata “1.X.1905 (From the street)”
Bagatelle, op. 1 No. 3
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, op. 110
Poetic Tone Pictures, op. 85