A Beethoven Journey with Leif Ove Andsnes

Airs Nov. 20 at 8 pm on 105.9 FM and WQXR.org

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes speaks to WQXR in the Lincoln Center plaza. Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes speaks to WQXR in the Lincoln Center plaza. (Kim Nowacki/WQXR)

On Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 pm, catch a one-hour program featuring highlights from pianist Leif Ove Andsnes's solo appearance in The Greene Space. The sold-out event took place Sept. 22, and was webcast live on WQXR.org.

In this program, Andsnes performs Beethoven's Sonatas No. 21, Op. 53 (“Waldstein”) and No. 22, Op. 54, and speaks with host Jeff Spurgeon about his deep dive into the composer's music. The Norwegian pianist recently released the first installment of a new Beethoven piano concerto cycle with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which he also conducts.

Here is the video archive of the performance:

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Rivhard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

THE GREENE SPACE IS NOW WQXR'S VERSION OF AN ACCESSIBLE CULTURAL CARNEGIE HALL !!! ART, pictorial, is akin to the aural manifestations. Composers have always been painting in sound, sensing a visual companion to their creations. We, I am an opera composer, often identify the pitches and harmonies with colors. Painters and sculptors often have had music played in the background, live musicians in the days before recordings, to inspire their efforts. This was particularly true of the Romantic era of which Beethoven was creating masterpieces with colleagues such as Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, von Weber, and Wagner. Beethoven's symphonies, opera, concertos, sonatas, string quartets, overtures, chamber music generally ,and song literature, is so pervasive and his world consciousness and basic humanity construct an icon unparalleled to and past his own era. At Juilliard, I studied his oeuvre and , in those days, all singers learned the concert rep of Beethoven , Schubert , Schumann, Wolf and Grieg, whether they would be opera singers or concert singers . So much of our treasured masterpieces, vocal and instrumental, are unknown quantities to most Americans. THANK YOU WQXR FOR CELEBRATING BEETHOVEN !!! Beethoven's symphonies are the ABCs of most essential single composers' oeuvre of the symphonic literature. Who ever having heard the Waldstein well performed can ever forget its beauty and nuanced scope of emotions. Wagner and his contemporaries and their successors all recognized the epic achievement of Beethoven. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute at 418A Main Street, Boonton, NJ . I have sung four solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall. As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I sang the Gott ! welch dunkel hier ! aria of Fidelio. it can be heard from the live performance on my three websites, one of which is www.WagnerOpera.com It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines. Rudolf Serkin and his son, Peter are among those other great interpreters of Beethoven's piano concertos and sonatas, Artur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Walter Gieseking, ignace Paderevsky, Benno Moisevitch, Claudio Arrau, Oscar Levant, Egon Petri, Jesus Maria Sanroma, Kissin, Bronfman, Ashkenazy, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Lang Lang and Simon Barere, remarkable for their virtuosity, and immense ability to interpret from their own perspective. Among the greatest singers famous for their Beethoven performances in opera and concert were my voice teachers Alexander Kipnis, Friedrich Schorr, Martial Singher, John Brownlee, and Margarete Matzenauer. Other famous singers with extensive Beethoven "rep" were Kirsten Flagstad, Helge Roswaenge, Heinrich Schlusnus, Ludwig Hoffmann, Josef Greindl, Jon Vickers, and Ludwig Weber.

Nov. 15 2012 12:20 AM

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No composer impacted the course of Western music like Ludwig van Beethoven. The events of his life are the stuff of Romantic legend, his works permeate concert halls and he remains a cultural icon outside of classical music, turning up in movies, TV soundtracks, commercials and pop songs. Throughout November, WQXR celebrates Beethoven's work through concert broadcasts, multimedia projects, marathons and other features.

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