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Leif Ove Andsnes releases final Beethoven Journey recording

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 17. Sep, 2014

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes ‘Beethoven Journey’ is nearing its end as the final, Volume 3 recording in the series sees its release this week.

15th of Sept marks the official release date of Volume 3, the last recording in Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s ‘Beethoven Journey’.  Already singled out by the German press as a bench mark recording, this final release features Concerto no. 5 “The Emperor” and the Choral Fantasy.

The complete box set of the Beethoven Journey will be released by Sony Classical in October but is now available to pre-order exclusively from ITunes.

Says Andsnes on his Beethoven Journey undertaking: – With a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Stresa Festival in August 2011, I began my “Beethoven journey,” a multi-season project that will make the composer’s music the centerpiece of my life as a performer and recording artist. At the heart of this project is my plan to perform and record Beethoven’s five extraordinary piano concertos with the wonderful musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a 4 year cycle, which started in 2012. “The Beethoven Journey” culminates in the 2014-15 season when we will perform complete Beethoven cycles at major residencies in North America, Europe and Asia. Beethoven’s music is, for me, the most human and deeply spiritual music there is, and I hope you will join us for a voyage of musical discovery that promises to be both illuminating and exhilarating

Following the release of Volume 3 of the ‘Beethoven Journey’ series, Andsnes embarks on a hectic and demanding concert season. This September he opened the new season with four performances of Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas (Sep 10–13). A string of German concerts in Hamburg and Bonn are scheduled from Sep 24-30, and Andsnes is set to return to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, where he and Gustavo Dudamel bring their three-season Beethoven cycle to a climactic conclusion with traversals of the “Emperor” Concerto and “Choral Fantasy” (Oct 9–12).

A full overview of Andsnes’ 2014/15 engagements can be found in our calendar section HERE.