Leif Ove Andsnes’s tenure as The Mary and James G. Wallach Artist-in-Residence got off to a sparkling start this past week. Beginning October 12 through last night, the Norwegian pianist has been the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s seldom-performed yet brilliant Piano Concerto No. 4, conducted by Paavo Järvi.
The New York Times Senior Classical Music Critic Anthony Tommasini wrote that Andsnes “gave a revelatory account of the piece. … Mr. Andsnes’s performance was so animated and effortless that the music sounded almost lucid. Mr. Jarvi matched his exuberance right through, drawing bright, crisp playing from the orchestra.”
The program opened with a “dazzling” performance of Gambit by Andsnes’s fellow Philharmonic resident Esa-Pekka Salonen, who this season completes his three-year tenure as The Marie-Josée Kravis Composer-in-Residence. It was the work’s New York Premiere.
On Saturday Andsnes showed another facet of his immense musicality, performing piano trios by Shostakovich and Grieg with Concertmaster Frank Huang and Principal Cello Carter Brey.
It was a busy week. On October 11 attendees got to know Andsnes at a free Insights at the Atrium event. On Friday he was featured in a New York Times Facebook Live video from the Green Room in David Geffen Hall (very worth watching; see below). And on Monday he performed solo at The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR, also broadcast live on Facebook.
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(Top Photo: Chris Lee)