Chopin: Ballades and Nocturnes – Leif Ove Andsnes

October 12, 2018, 9:00 am

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Leif Ove Andsnes, “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power and insight” (New York Times), intersperses Chopin’s four Ballades – works immense in the range and power of their expression – with three of his nocturnes. The new album represents the Norwegian pianist’s first recording of Chopin’s music in more than a decade. “There were quite a few years where I didn’t play much Chopin. He felt complicated to me, and I was not at ease with him. Something has happened to me in the last ten years, I don’t know what it is, but now I experience his music as so unbelievably great, so unique a voice, much more than before. My relationship to this composer is much more intimate.” – Leif Ove Andsnes