• PSC1350_2400x2400px
  • PSC1350_2400x2400px
  • PSC1350-Ingrid_Andsnes_2015_Photo_Geir_Dokken.jpg
  • PSC1350-inlay_web.jpg

33 + 1 Beethoven | Hagen – Ingrid Andsnes

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Diabelli Variations · LARS PETTER HAGEN: Diabellimore… Cadenza

Ingrid Andsnes, piano

– [Ms. Andsnes] bringing clarity, rhythmic élan and a touch of quirky playfulness to this demanding, audacious yet often humorous work. At the end of the 32nd variation, a formidable fugue, in which Beethoven’s music builds to a dramatic climax and leads into a short, elusive cadenza, Ms. Andsnes instead plays a five-minute piece by the Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen: “Diabelli Cadenza.” It’s written for piano and EBow, a hand-held resonator which prolongs sounds from the piano strings in softly eerie ways that suggest electronic music. From Mr. Hagen’s haunting cadenza, Ms. Andsnes segues into Beethoven’s final variation, a lilting, ingeniously ornate minuet, played beautifully. (Anthony Tommasini/New York Times)

kr 139

Ingrid Andsnes CD debut

Ingrid Andsnes makes her CD solo debut in the Diabelli Variations with a new cadenza written especially for her. For Ingrid this music has become synonymous with life itself, and the battles we have to go through as a part of it. Ingrid’s first meeting with this colossal set of variations came directly after a demanding period of serious illness: “I think I got the Diabelli Variations ‘thrown after me’ because I needed exactly this music at that time. I needed to play music which demanded so much power, strength, stamina, deep dives into my musicality, with great technical challenges – at that very moment. I had to feel the passion, the biggest and deepest emotions, the vulnerability, and not at least the power. To recover the muscles unused, the strength, and love. You could say that my life had a perfect sound track.” Norwegian composer Lars Petter Hagen has written a cadenza to Beethoven’s masterpiece for Ingrid – stopping time at the end of the Fuga.

Ingrid Andsnes (1978 Karmøy, Norway) is a highly accomplished pianist and one of Norwayʼs most endearingly passionate musicians. Her love for music is just as inspiring as her joy in performing is striking. She has studied with Professor Joan Havill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and, like her brother Leif Ove, with Professor Jiri Hlinka at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

November 2nd 2015 Ingrid Andsnes gives a pre-release concert – in Weil Hall, Carnegie Hall, NYC!

More

Ingrid Andsnes makes her solo CD debut with the most demanding work in the piano literature, music that has become synonymous with the struggle and transformation in her own life. November 2nd 2015 she plays the Diabelli Variations in concert once again, this time releasing her recording in Carnegie Hall, NYC.

“My life got the prefect soundtrack”

Ingrid’s first encounter with the Diabelli Variations as a performer came directly after a very challenging period of illness: “I believe I had the Diabelli Variations ‘thrown at me’ because I needed exactly that music at exactly that time. I needed to play music that demanded so much power, strength, perseverance, endless dives into the music, with great technical challenges. Music that really push the envelope, beyond where you think it must end. I had to feel the passion, the great deep emotions, the vulnerability, and most important: the power. Reclaiming the control of unused muscles, strength and love. You could say that my life got the perfect soundtrack.”

Diabelli Variations: 33 + 1?

The publisher and ‘composer’ Anton Diabelli invited the composers of 1819 Vienna to write a variation on his own little waltz. Beethoven turned the proposition down, only to reconsider and write not 1 variation, but 33! In 2015 Ingrid Andsnes invited composer and curator Lars Petter Hagen to add a cadenza to Beethoven’s set of variations. Employing EBows on the string of the piano, this cadenza replacing the short Poco Adagio before variation no. 33 in the present recording. Hagen says about the project: ‘I was very happy and at the same time terrified when Ingrid asked me to write a new variation that would be performed together with Beethoven’s. It was obvious from the start that I was going to fail, and that is why I admire Ingrid’s courage. To make art you really need to believe in the impossible and to expose yourself to weakness and the possibility of failure. No-one said it better than Samuel Beckett: “Ever tried. Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”’

Ingrid Andsnes

Ingrid Andsnes (1978 Karmøy, Norway) is a highly accomplished pianist and one of Norway’s most endearingly passionate musicians. Her love for music is just as inspiring as her joy in performing is striking. She has studied with Professor Joan Havill at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and, like her brother Leif Ove, with Professor Jiri Hlinka at Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo. In collaboration with the finest of Norway’s musicians, including Solveig Kringelborn, Arve Tellefsen, Håvard Gimse and The Norwegian Soloist Choir, Ingrid Andsnes has given a remarkable contribution to concert life both nationally and internationally.

Erik Gard Amundsen |Ingrid Andsnes |Lars Petter Hagen |Ludwig van Beethoven

Release date: 30.10.2015

EAN : 7033662013500

Cat.No.: PSC1350

Priskategori : CD