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Ketil Hvoslef: Piano Concerto · Ein Traumspiel · Barabbas – Leif Ove Andsnes

KETIL HVOSLEF: Piano Concerto · Ein Traumspiel ·more… Barabbas

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano · Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra · Edward Gardner, conductor · Eivind Gullberg Jensen, conductor · Juanjo Mena, conductor

Leif Ove Andsnes and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra pay tribute to the prolific Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef.

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Leif Ove Andsnes and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate composer Ketil Hvoslef’s 80th birthday.

At the end of 2019 these outstanding artists present a birthday present to the composer that will last for a long time: an album with three premiere recordings of his works! Powerful orchestral music from one of profiles among composers today – perhaps with the piano concerto written for Leif Ove Andsnes as the icing on the cake!

Andsnes describes his fascination with Hvoslef: “ It’s fascinating how Ketil manages to create such a strong tension and story-telling – at the same time as being so transparent. His tonal language is so clear. The same applies to his attitude to “less is more” – I have seen that through all the revisions of the piano concerto. I also think that his music is filled with a classical clarity: an underlying tension that I think is fascinating. It is something I can’t put into words. I think it’s very apparent in the piano concerto’s last movement, which smoulders with many different tensions that all appear, telling different stories. That’s something that has fascinated me right from the start.”
Hvoslef is equally clear when describing Andsnes as an interpreter of his music: “He is so clear and plays so precisely. And my music is dependent on extreme precision. It is almost manic – and I can’t do anything about that. So I could never have found anyone better than him to play it! He understands how necessary precision is. That perhaps sounds prosaic to others, but for me it means a great deal.”

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Leif Ove Andsnes and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra pay tribute to the prolific Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef. Three works for orchestra – headed by the outstanding piano concerto – comprises a grand album celebrating the composer’s 80th anniversary.

Piano Concerto · Ein Traumspiel · Barabbas – opera without singers

Throughout his career, Hvoslef has had a close relation to the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra with numerous commissions and premiere performances. When describing Andsnes’ playing, Hvoslef says: “He is so clear and plays so precisely. And my music is dependent on extreme precision. It is almost manic – and I can’t do anything about that. So I could never have found anyone better than him to play it! He understands how necessary precision is. That perhaps sounds prosaic to others, but for me it means a great deal.” When Gullberg Jensen took over as Chief Conductor for Norddeutsche Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester in 2009, he wanted to ‘bring something from home’ – resulting in ‘Ein Traumspiel’. The orchestral work ‘Barabbas – opera without singers’, is rooted in the opera by the same name, with excerpts of the opera libretto displayed on a text machine placed over the podium.

Leif Ove Andsnes and Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

With his commanding technique and searching interpretations, the celebrated Norwegian pianist has won international acclaim, playing concertos and recitals in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras, while building an esteemed and extensive discography. The Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra is a Norwegian national orchestra and one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 1765. It is held in high regard internationally through their extensive touring, recordings and streaming service Bergenphilive, as well as international commissions. On this album they are led by their Chief Conductor Edward Gardner, Juanjo Mena and Eivind Gullberg Jensen.

Release date: 06.12.2019

EAN : 7033662013753

Cat.No.: PSC1375

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