“With a performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Stresa Festival in August 2011, I began my "Beethoven journey," a multi-season project that will make the composer's music the centerpiece of my life as a performer and recording artist. At the heart of this project is my plan to perform and record Beethoven's five extraordinary piano concertos with the wonderful musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a 4 year cycle, starting in 2012. "The Beethoven Journey" culminates in the 2014-15 season when we will perform complete Beethoven cycles at major residencies in North America, Europe and Asia. Beethoven's music is, for me, the most human and deeply spiritual music there is, and I hope you will join us for a voyage of musical discovery that promises to be both illuminating and exhilarating.”
Leif Ove Andsnes
Sony Classical launches the first release of The Beethoven Journey this autumn featuring Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3. Concertos Nos. 2 & 4 will follow in 2013, with the Piano Concerto No. 5 and Choral Fantasy scheduled for 2014. Each recording will be captured live in concert in Prague - where Beethoven allegedly played the first performance of his First Concerto in 1798 - with Leif Ove Andsnes directing the Mahler Chamber Orchestra from the keyboard.