Leif Ove Andsnes concludes his European recital tour tomorrow night (25 Nov) at the National Opera of Bordeaux, France. The programme features Janáček’s Sonata “October 1′ 1905”, Bussin’s Lamento, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 and Dvořák’s Poetic Impressions. More information and tickets are available here.

Leif Ove’s tour has taken him to Prague, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Paris, London and Brussels. Regarding his Wigmore Hall performance in London, Gavin Dixon from The Arts Desk said, “Leif Ove Andsnes has a distinctive voice at the piano; clear, controlled and powerful. He sits upright; his body barely moves, and his head sways gently to the melodies. But he never loses himself in the music, he is always in control. Andsnes is a player of considerable power, especially as it all comes from the forearms, and he really engages with the mechanics of the instrument, exploiting all its physical properties, from the richness of quiet bass lines to the fiery fervour of top-register ostinatos. It is a sound that requires rhythm and focus, and the five composers he presented at the Wigmore Hall each provide the physical and tactile textures in which he excels.”

Photo credit: Helge Hansen

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