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Andsnes announces “The Beethoven Journey”

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Nowadays the market is so crowded with the Beethoven piano concertos that, without ample justification, new recordings daren’t just promote themselves. It’s not difficult to imagine one critic after another saying “is another recording really necessary?” because great recordings of the past, so abundant, remain towering. So Andsnes wrote this manifesto about Beethoven’s music and its relationship to humanity. Hardly anything new, of course, but that’s what the market deems necessary for proving the artists actually does care about what he is playing, and after all seeing another major artist delving into these timeless works seems to promise new insights.

In fact, Andsnes’s promise is enormous: apart from recording all Beethoven concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (a recording series on Sony named “The Beethoven Journey”), the pianist stated that his concerto performances within three or four years will be restricted only to Beethoven. One could only imagine, not having recorded any of Beethoven’s work in the past, how his devotion to this music flowered all in a sudden.

In the mean time, Top Ear has acquired a copy of the new release: the First and Third Concerto, and preliminary hearing has been done. Given the rapturous reviews from BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone (Recording of the Month), one can hardly expect anything less than superlative. Indeed, the performances turn out to be vibrant and arresting, to say the least. A detailed review will certainly ensue. So much for now.

Author: Top Ear

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One thought on “Andsnes announces “The Beethoven Journey”

  1. Pingback: First-rate Beethoven from Andsnes’ “Journey” | Top Ear

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