Shadows of Silence

Shadows of Silence

by Leif Ove Andsnes

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Shadows of Silence

Shadows of Silence by Leif Ove Andsnes is a sensually beautiful recording of contemporary piano music mixing solo and concerted works. Andsnes' superb program illuminates what might be called the post-Impressionist strain of post-Modernist music. The two big works here, Witold Lutoslawski and Marc-André Dalbavie's virtuosic and visionary piano concertos, alternate with three luminously poetic solo pieces: Bent Sørensen's "Lullabies" and "Shadows of Silence" at either end of the disc with selections from György Kurtág's "Games" in the center. As he has for composers from Grieg to Janácek, Andsnes consistently delivers brilliantly conceived, powerfully executed performances, deploying his nuanced tone, and formidable technique to make the case for every work here both separately and together, that is, with each piece satisfying in itself while at the same time creating a larger aesthetic whole out of the dramatic sequence. Franz Welser-Möst elicits eloquent accompaniments from the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and EMI provides crisp, deep, and uncannily immediate sound. Though not for listeners who believe music history ended in 1911, anyone interested in contemporary music should by all means try this disc.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/14/2009
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099926418223
catalogNumber: 64182

Tracks

  1. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Hommage à Farkas Ferenc 2 (Scraps of a colinda mel
  2. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Hempergos (Tumble-bunny): Veloce
  3. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Apokrif himnusz: (Apocryphal Hymn): Alla breve, tr
  4. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Vízozon-sirénák (Sirens of the Deluge): Presto
  5. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Les Adieux (in Janáceks Manier): Semplice, poco ru
  6. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Bogáncs (Thistle): Con bravura
  7. Játékok (Games), for piano, in 8 volumes: Aus der Ferne (for Alfred Schlee's 80th birthday)

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