Another Gramophone Award for Leif Ove Andsnes

Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes who will perform at the Rudolf Firkušný Piano Festival in November won the award for special achievement of the prestigious Gramophone magazine on Tuesday. This winner of eleven Grammy nominations will present a programme in Rudolfinum consisting of works by Janáček, Vustin, Schubert and Dvořák. Dvořák’s cycle entitled Poetical Tone Pictures is on the repertoire of a very few world class pianists only. Its duration of over fifty minutes and enormous technical complexity for the player are the reasons why it is rarely played on concert stages and if at all, by very few pianists. The confidence in Andsnes’ virtuosity has led the Sony Classical label to record the entire Poetical Tone Pictures cycle; the recording will be released at the end of October. The Prague concert of Leif Ove Andsnes is scheduled for Saturday, 5 November 2022.