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Leif Ove Andsnes Returns To Gilmore Fest With Sibelius, Beethoven & More

Gregor Hohenberg

It has been twenty years since Leif Ove Andsnes received the 1998 Gilmore Artist Award, which is given to  unusually gifted pianists with the potential to make an original impact on music. In the years since, Andsnes has found new wells of creativity through collaborations with singers, instrumentalists, and orchestras, and through his own solo playing. On Monday, April 30 the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival will present Andsnes in recital at Chenery Auditorium at 8 pm.

In a conversation recorded by phone from his home in Norway, Andsnes talks about his recent projects, which include a new recording of music by Jean Sibelius, whose solo piano works have been long overlooked. He touches on fatherhood, as well as the variety of pieces on his program: Carl Nielsen's Chaconne, Beethoven's Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 "Tempest," Idyll and Abyss by Jörg Widmann, and selected works of Schubert. 

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Cara Lieurance covers local music with live morning interviews, and produces WMUK's Let's Hear It weekday mornings at 10 am Mon-Fri, showcasing local interviews and performances. She also produces The Pure Drop, an hour of Celtic music, with musician Dave Marlatt.
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