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Born in 1970 on the island of Karmøy in West Norway to music teaching parents, Leif Ove Andsnes started playing at an early age although it was not until he was 16 that he began to dedicate himself seriously to playing when he moved to Bergen to study with the Czech emigré Jiri Hlinka. He gave his first professional debut concert in Norway at the age of 17 and the following year ... Read more in Amazon's Leif Ove Andsnes Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B008H3OXHS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: I. VivaceLeif Ove Andsnes/Berliner Philharmoniker/Antonio Pappano12:06Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: II. AndanteLeif Ove Andsnes/Berliner Philharmoniker/Antonio Pappano 5:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No. 1 in F Sharp Minor, Op.1: III. Allegro vivaceLeif Ove Andsnes/Berliner Philharmoniker/Antonio Pappano 7:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: I. ModeratoLeif Ove Andsnes10:15Album Only
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: II. Adagio sostenutoLeif Ove Andsnes/Berliner Philharmoniker/Antonio Pappano10:58Album Only
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18: III. Allegro scherzandoLeif Ove Andsnes/Berliner Philharmoniker/Antonio Pappano11:29Album Only


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Piano Concerto No.3, Op.30: I. Allegro ma non tantoLeif Ove Andsnes/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano16:47Album Only
Listen  2. Piano Concerto No.3 Op.30: II. Intermezzo (Adagio)Leif Ove Andsnes/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano11:03Album Only
Listen  3. Piano Concerto No.3 Op.30: III. Finale (Alla breve)Leif Ove Andsnes/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano14:33Album Only
Listen  4. Piano Concerto No.4 Op.40: I. Allegro vivace (alla breve)Leif Ove Andsnes/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 9:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Piano Concerto No.4, Op.40: II. LargoLeif Ove Andsnes/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 6:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Piano Concerto No.4 Op.40: III. Allegro vivaceLeif Ove Andsnes/London Symphony Orchestra/Antonio Pappano 8:43£0.99  Buy MP3 

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is a compilation of the two single issues whose earlier reviews are reproduced as follows as there is no reason to adjust them:

Concertos 1 and 2

This disc has the distinction of having one of the most important hallmarks of a truly great performance. That is that for the duration of the performance it seems as if this can be the only way to play the piece.

That reaction, of course, is complete nonsense when considered in the cool light of day. In this case how can it be possible to eliminate such luminaries of the repertoire as Ashkenazy, van Cliburn, Lugansky, Pletnev and Richter to name but just a few in strictly alphabetical order? Indeed, all of those performers are also able to give the illusion of being the only way and to that end the name of Andsnes must be added to the list of the elite.

In this case he has the undoubted advantage of the tonal resources of the BPO under the ever-watchful eye of Pappano, a conductor of considerable experience and depth of musical understanding. The second concerto is a 'live' performance and this extra frisson generated is apparent over the fine studio performance of the first concerto. It is a very strong coupling indeed.

EMI have provided a high quality recording and the whole disc is a very fine achievement and needs to be considered along with the very best. As such it should give most purchasers considerable lasting satisfaction.

Concertos 3 and 4

As the heading to this review states, this is Andsnes' favourite concerto recording to date and, having bought several of his recordings all of which are very fine, I would be inclined to agree. Certainly it, and the whole series now achieved, must rank alongside the finest available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Andrews on 6 Mar. 2013
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I have loved the Rachmaninov Piano Concertos for many years and this version is a welcome addition to my Kindle music cloud.
Not having an educated ear, I could not say whether this is a superior rendition or merely an adequate one and could not comment
intelligently on its merits compared to all the other versions available. However, I do think that the sound reproduction quality is very
good and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this interpretation and is in my opinion an excellent product and good value at the price.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Fields on 7 Mar. 2014
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The piano sounds really clear and crystal like. It makes me feel inside the piano and not just a bland surface veneer effect. Andsnes plays with power and sparkle and the orchestra seems completely at one with him. The tempo for me is just right, as I've heard some versions played ridiculously fast. Super value mp3.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By catherine anderson on 20 Sept. 2013
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I heard the second piano concerto played during a proms concert and was so moved I decided I have to have it and more. Of course the second piano concerto was the background music for the famous film 'Brief Encounter' so it's probably the most famous concerto. I don't know if its well played as I'm no expert but I loved it. Worth every penny.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Andsnes on the top of his very considerable form. A terriffic pair of discs 29 Nov. 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a compilation of the two single issues whose earlier reviews are reproduced as follows as there is no reason to adjust them:

Concertos 1 and 2

This disc has the distinction of having one of the most important hallmarks of a truly great performance. That is that for the duration of the performance it seems as if this can be the only way to play the piece.

That reaction, of course, is complete nonsense when considered in the cool light of day. In this case how can it be possible to eliminate such luminaries of the repertoire as Ashkenazy, van Cliburn, Lugansky, Pletnev and Richter to name but just a few in strictly alphabetical order? Indeed, all of those performers are also able to give the illusion of being the only way and to that end the name of Andsnes must be added to the list of the elite.

In this case he has the undoubted advantage of the tonal resources of the BPO under the ever-watchful eye of Pappano, a conductor of considerable experience and depth of musical understanding. The second concerto is a 'live' performance and this extra frisson generated is apparent over the fine studio performance of the first concerto. It is a very strong coupling indeed.

EMI have provided a high quality recording and the whole disc is a very fine achievement and needs to be considered along with the very best. As such it should give most purchasers considerable lasting satisfaction.

Concertos 3 and 4

As the heading to this review states, this is Andsnes' favourite concerto recording to date and, having bought several of his recordings all of which are very fine, I would be inclined to agree. Certainly it, and the whole series now achieved, must rank alongside the finest available.

The approach to the third concerto is forward moving and dramatic and in this he is fully supported by Pappano, a conductor who has been responsible for a large number of operatic recordings of drama and whose character and conducting skills seem ideally suited to this approach. Not surprisingly Andsnes opts for the larger of the two cadenzas and in this he is totally able to match Ashkenazy with Previn which is no mean feat. This concerto has the greater sense of spontaneity however and this is clearly apparent in the thrilling build up to the first movement cadenza which ends in a marked final acceleration rather than a pulling back as is so often the case. This is one of many wonderful moments when all is put on the line and carried off with conviction.

The 4th concerto is less of a warhorse in character and includes a myriad of influences including sideways references to the jazzy feel of a Gershwin. This was not so well liked by the initial reviewers who probably felt cheated with the lack of obvious big tune. One wonders what they themselves could have written of musical value. Rachmaninov undertook s number of revisions which reduced and concentrated the work which is what we hear today and on this record. The performance is delivered with the same quality of the third.

EMI have provided a fittingly full recording quality and this is an altogether exceptional disc. The only way to improve its attraction so far as I can see is for purchasers to buy the complete set now available as a combined purchase. Owners of the first disc can buy this follow-up with complete confidence. The change of orchestra from the BPO to the LSO remains a mystery to me as both are equally good.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Perfection 20 July 2013
By Whole Foods Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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Can anyone play Rachmaninov's concertos more beautifully than Leif Ove Andsnes? I don't think so. Absolutely gorgeous. Pappano holds the orchestra so perfectly, shaping it around Andsnes' playing so subtly. Perfect.
Great music 22 Mar. 2015
By Gordon Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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My new fave
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