Performance Monday, February 23, 2015 | 8 PM

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
The New York Times called Leif Ove Andsnes “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight.” Playing and conducting from the keyboard, Andsnes brings these qualities to his performances of Beethoven’s piano concertos. Landmark works, the concertos bridge the Classical and Romantic eras. Beethoven infuses his Second Concerto with a zesty exuberance that would have made Mozart smile, while the Third and Fourth concertos storm and sigh before their genial rondo finales.


  • Mahler Chamber Orchestra
  • Leif Ove Andsnes, Leader and Piano


  • Piano Concerto No. 2
  • Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Piano Concerto No. 4


Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 (Rondo - Allegro)
Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano | Mahler Chamber Orchestra

At a Glance

The three Beethoven concertos on this program reveal a fascinating journey, from the early Classicism of No. 2, first conceived when the composer was in his teens, to the sublime innovations and introversions of No. 4. Beethoven had a defensive distaste for No. 2, even though it has proved to be one of his most successful early pieces. The forward-looking No. 4 was neglected for a century, its subtleties and complexities apparently unappealing for Romantic pianists looking for flashier material. The transitional work, the Third, is grounded in 18th-century Classical form, yet filled with novel ideas and structures. The chaotic history of its composition reveals a culture of improvisation radically different from today’s classical music scene.
This performance is part of Concertos Plus, and Vivaldi's Four Seasons and More Favorites.

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