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Re: anybody hear this? #560080
01/27/07 10:56 AM
01/27/07 10:56 AM
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Sorry, Argerichfan - I am not in a position to book you for a masterclass.... (But if you get one tell him I'm probably one of his most devoted fans.. wink )

I am so glad to hear that some of you share my view of Andsnes as a very interesting pianist.
To me this fact is really special since I know this society where he comes from : The chance of becoming a religious fanatic or a drug-addict is much greater than the chance of becoming a musician when you live here....

But I am patriotic still, and I know the Andsnes family, they have and are still making a very important contribution to the musical education in the whole district - so there have been educated more pianists after him, allthough not as brilliant as him..
I have to disappoint you,I don't know Leif Ove - I have met him, though, and he's veeery nice and charming shocked (watch out girls, don't look too deep into his angel-eyes...).

Following his career has to me been like having a guide to piano-music and chamber-music, both what to listen to, what to play myself and other musicians to watch out for. Andsnes has a chamber-music festival in Risør, Norway which is small and "cosy".
I think he's special because whatever he plays he has a very personal touch - and even if he plays an "overplayed" piece there is suddenly something there that I have never heard before. Also you can hear whenever he plays with (and especially when he also conducts) an orchestra that he's a true chamber-musician - knowing how to make the other musicians feel important and making their best . And of course - his Norwegian temperament speaks very directly to my heart.

(And he plays Shostakovich Polka from "Golden Age" at "Horizons" - and I think this piece is cooler on the piano than with an orchestra.),

Norma - if you are going to Norway I recommend this :

http://www.kammermusikkfest.no/ontime.asp?lang=en

Ragnhild


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Re: anybody hear this? #560081
01/27/07 12:11 PM
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Skudeneshavn or Kopervik? (Did you know Andsnes before he left for the mainland?)
Yes, what about that? And sorry to hijack the thread just a bit more, but mention of Andsnes prompts me to say that I consider him one of the absolute finest pianists of his generation. I try to catch him whenever he comes to London and would love to attend a masterclass.
Jason, it was just a question to Ragnhild as to where exactly on the windswept island of Karmøy she lives... (Agree about Andsnes.)

Re: anybody hear this? #560082
01/27/07 04:07 PM
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If I'd been in the position I would have been happy to recommend you, Jason - mainly because of the fact that you seem to be a very skilled and enthusiastic church-musician.

Next time we're off topic I will ask about Anglican church-music. (To me English church-music a Christmas-thing like John Rutters "Star Carol" and Sir David Willcocks "O come all ye faithful" wink )


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Re: anybody hear this? #560083
01/27/07 07:01 PM
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Thanks Ragnhild, I plan to go to Risør. smile


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Re: anybody hear this? #560084
01/28/07 01:54 AM
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My trio performed the 3rd and 4rth mvts of this trio a few months ago. The end of the fourth mvt. left the audience shivering. It's such amazing music, and better yet we had a Russian (Russian trained) as our coach (also my piano teacher).

We are now learning the 1st and 2nd mvts.

There are 5 pages in the fourth mvt where I really had to practice. It was pretty difficult but my teacher gave me some very helpful fingerings to use. The final result of the piece was breathtaking! I'll see if I can get our live recording on here.

I've listened to a great recording by Emanuel Axe, Yo yo Ma, and Issac Stern (sorry if I misspelled any names) of this trio. IMO no other recording even compares to this.


I recommend to anyone who is in a trio to learn this piece, and you might want to start with the fourth mvt. It's perhaps the most exciting piece (solo or chamber) that I have every played!


---please forgive my rambling. I'm exhausted and probably not making much sense.---


"Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art."

-Chopin
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