Leif Ove Andsnes (foto Helge Hansen - Sony Music Entertainment)

A twentieth-century Grieg

Leif Ove Andsnes
Fri 15 Mar 2024 20:15 - 22:15
Fri 15 Mar 2024
20:15 - 22:15
  • Fri 15 Mar 2024
    20:15 - 22:15
    Interval 21:20
    Grote Zaal


Franz Schubert Piano Sonata in a D 784
Geirr Tveitt Piano Sonata nr. 29 'Sonata Etere'
Franz Schubert Impromptu nr. 1 D 935 
Johannes Brahms 7 Fantasien op. 116


Leif Ove Andsnes piano

An advocate for forgotten music

‘A convincing advocate for forgotten music’, De Nieuwe Muze called Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. Last season, he performed Dvořák's unknown Poetic Tone Paintings in the Muziekgebouw. This time, the pianist plays the only surviving sonata of his compatriot Geirr Tveitt, who died in 1981. Confidently, Andsnes juxtaposes these notes with Brahms’ Fantasien, which are as lyrical as they are meditative.

Norwegian composer Geirr Tveitt initially immersed himself in the folk music of Norway. While studying in Paris with Arthur Honneger and Heitor Villa-Lobos, he came into contact with the French impressionists and the Groupe des Six. Only twenty-five per cent of Tveitt’s work has survived; the rest went up in smoke in a fire in his studio. For Andsnes, the surviving music has so much quality that it’s time to put the spotlight on this ‘Edvard Grieg of the twentieth century’.

Programme booklet (Dutch)