Leif Ove Andsnes Goes Up Against Himself

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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.

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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.)

Comments [5]

NYMike from Manhattan

Bartok, please!

Feb. 15 2012 11:48 AM
John from New York

The Bartok Concerto, of course, with no disrespect intended toward Messrs. Schumann and Rachmaninoff...

Feb. 15 2012 11:33 AM
Justin from NJ

With all due respect to the other two composers as musicians... Schumann is so damn cute! So, to make up for all the times we've said about the ladies, "And now we'll hear from the 'beautiful and talented' So-and-So,"... I'd like to hear a work from the 'handsome and talented' Robert Schumann. So there.

Feb. 15 2012 09:32 AM
Marjorie Koharski

Just played the Schumann on Sunday at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank NJ with the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, Gerd Nowacayk, Soloist,Lucian Rinando, Conductor, and would like to hear it again.

Feb. 15 2012 09:02 AM
Tim Brown from Washington, DC

Always looking for more Bartok on the airwaves. Thanks for making his work a choice today.

Feb. 15 2012 07:55 AM

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