Photo: Oezguer Albayrak
Andsnes plays Mozart
Saturday 20 March 7pm
Terje Tønnesen artistic leader
Leif Ove Andsnes piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K. 488
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Our close collaborator and the celebrated pianist Leif Ove Andsnes joins us in the midst of his current project, a four-year immersion in Mozart's music. Written in 1786 during a period of almost feverish activity, Piano Concerto No. 23 remains one of Mozart's most deservedly popular works, not least because of its exuberant character and abundance of themes.
Tchaikovsky's graceful Serenade for Strings is considered as one of the late Romantic era's definitive compositions. "The serenade is a piece from the heart and so, I venture to say, it does not lack artistic worth," confided Tchaikovsky to one of his patrons. It is nonetheless full of unmistakable Tchaikovskian melancholy, and many of the rhetorical devices and the techniques whereby they are achieved are familiar from Tchaikovsky's symphonies.