on 2 March 2002
I have had the opportunity to listen to the selection of music from the Portrait CD. Many words can desribe the sensations and thoughts that come to mind once the music is heard.... there are so many paths that they music takes the listener through. I feel that like the title of the CD, it represents a personal journey and growth that a person has gone through in their life, in which case the music so deeply resonates.
The music is a direct selection that the artist very carefully choosed, where he is able to express himself and outpour all emotions.
The journey of music, as similar as to life, takes the listener from moments of intensity, softness,harmony and as conflict. With all different selections, I felt that the music is in continual searching & meaning, perhaps as people we all do.....and even to say that the music comes across as an artist who paints a picture for the first time on a canvass, one never knows how it will begin, where it will lead to ....and where it will end up. As the painter is in contant creation, so is the musician....creating his life and being lead whereever the path brings him.
In retrospect, it has been a delight to be able to experience the music which tells such a story, enabling the listener to immerse in the senastion.
Deightful recording, full of personal expression, artistry and sensitivity.
Highly recommended to others,
where they will be able to enjoy the magical wonders of music and pianist, from Leif Ove Andsnes.