Leif Ove Andsnes Goes Up Against Himself
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Tonight at 8pm WQXR will present a live broadcast of Leif Ove Andsnes's solo piano recital at Carnegie Hall. In advance, this week’s Showdown features Andsnes’s elegance and virtuosity in three large-scale works for piano and orchestra.
We asked which of these piano concertos you would like to hear Andsnes perform: Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor or Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 2?
Although Bartok had a strong surge in the end, it wasn't enough to unseat Rachmaninoff, who led all morning. We played his Piano Concerto No. 3 at noon.
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30. (Andsnes' Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 4 was recently up for a Grammy for Best Classical Instrumental Solo.)
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54.
Bela Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2, SZ 95. (Alberto Nosè, not Andsnes playing.)