Kitayenko, Andsnes: Grieg, Liszt - Piano Concertos (FLAC)
Kitayenko, Andsnes: Grieg, Liszt - Piano Concertos (FLAC)

Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes
Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Dmitri Kitayenko
Composer: Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt
Audio CD
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (image+cue)
Label: Virgin Classics
Size: 253 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no

01. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: I. Allegro molto moderato
02. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: II. Adagio
03. Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op.16: III. Allegro moderato molto e marcato – Andante maestoso
04. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: I. Adagio – Allegro agitato
05. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: II. Allegro moderato
06. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: III. Allegro deciso
07. Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S.125: IV. Allegro animato
08. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: I. From Days of Youth (Fra ungdomsdagene)
09. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: II. Peasant’s Song (Bondens sang)
10. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: III. Melancholy (Tungsind)
11. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: IV. Salon
12. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: VI. In Ballad Style (I balladetone)
13. Lyric Pieces, Op.65: VI. Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen)

Exciting Interpretation

My primary interest in acquiring this CD was for the Liszt Piano Concerto No.2. I had heard this recording on the radio and was quite taken by the clarity and sensitivity of Mr. Andsnes’ performance and Maestro Kitayenko’s conducting. There are several marvelous passages, both on the piano and within the orchestral reading that provided me with a refreshingly new listening experience.

The Grieg Concerto and 6 Lyric Pieces are equally satisfying and rendered with well-crafted musicianship and technical brillance. The Bergen Philharmonic offers top-notch accompaniment throughout both concertos.

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