Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Leif Ove Andsnes Play Beethoven

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Monday, February 23, 2015

September 22, 2012 | WQXR presents Leif Ove Andsnes (Matthew Septimus)

Every Tuesday night, we're re-broadcasting a concert from the 2014-15 season of Carnegie Hall Live. Tune in Tuesday, June 9 at 9 pm to relive the Mahler Chamber Orchestra along with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes performing Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2-4. 

The Norweigan Andsnes has been devoting much of his concert and recording activities over the past few years to Beethoven's piano works. In September he released the third volume in a multi-year recording cycle of the concertos with the MCO, a pan-European chamber ensemble. This Carnegie Hall program offers a unique snapshot of the inner concertos, from the youthful and exuberant No. 2 to the transitional No. 3 to the forward-looking No. 4.

In 2012, Andsnes appeared in The Greene Space at WQXR as his Beethoven cycle was just getting started. Watch the archived video.

Jeff Spurgeon co-hosts this broadcast with New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert.

All-Beethoven Program:
Piano Concerto No. 2
Piano Concerto No. 3
Piano Concerto No. 4
11 Bagatelles, Op. 119: No. 8 in C Major
7 Bagatelles, Op. 33: No. 7 in A-Flat Major

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

We asked you to share your thoughts during the concert on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CHLive. Below is a collection of your tweets and photos.

Leif Ove Andsnes appears courtesy of Sony Classical.

Comments [11]

D Tremper from NJ

How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Listen. Listen. Listen. Thank you for taking us there. Incredible evening, particularly for the soloist/conductor. Thanks for the commentary about him sitting with his hands quiet at one point when he let the orchestra do its own thing.

The transmission of this performance sounded different from other CH Live programs I've heard, though. The ensemble, but not the soloist sounded like an old recording. Can't quite describe the sound, but slightly muffled. As I listen to the archived production I hardly hear it at all, but do so when the lower register is sounding. Anything different in the production? Anyone else hear it?

Feb. 26 2015 07:15 PM

@ NR, I'm not quite sure why your response is in this thread, but I think WQXR does three fund drives per year. I don't think it's every two months. DD~~

Feb. 24 2015 07:16 PM
NR from Brooklyn, NY

Big mistake!

If you want to lose me as a member, keep playing John Williams' junk.

This is supposed to be a high-class radio station.

Thank God I have a large collection of CD's.

I know you, guys, need money and I always contribute, but a fund-raiser every two months??????????


Feb. 24 2015 11:55 AM

Simply incredible; I am left speechless. Thank you to all.

Feb. 23 2015 09:58 PM
Mark from Taos, NM

Thank you

Feb. 23 2015 09:53 PM
Adele F (aka AF) from Nassau County, Long Island

Many thanks to WQXR and Carnegie Hall for the Carnegie Hall Live radio broadcasts! Great for those of us who cannot make it into the city to get to the Hall.

Feb. 23 2015 09:12 PM
Lowell Britson from Pittsburgh

Absolutely brilliant. Better than the The Beethoven Journey CD recordings!

Feb. 23 2015 09:05 PM
Jen from Tuckahoe

Listening with my headphones....pure ecstasy!!

Feb. 23 2015 08:36 PM
Joan Mckniff from Sarasota

I'll be listening from rehab facility after a health crisis. Thank you so very much. Joan, Sarasota, FL.

Feb. 23 2015 04:42 PM
Bernie from UWS

Please ask Mr. Gilbert about his decision to leave the Philharmonic. Was it his decision really? And was there a rift between him and the executive director, as your previous reporting has implied? Inquiring (listener) minds want to know!

Feb. 23 2015 11:50 AM

Thank you.

Feb. 23 2015 01:23 AM

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