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Leif Ove Andsnes

Dvorak - Poetic Tone Pictures

Sony Classical
Release Date: October 28, 2022

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A. Dvorák: Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85: VII. Furiant
Leif Ove Andsnes / Classic fm Interview
Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes Performs Bagatelle Op. 1 No. 3 by Silvestrov on WQXR
Dvorák's "Spring Song" from Poetic Tone Pictures Performed by Leif Ove Andsnes on WQXR
1 i. Twighlight Way  
2 ii. Toying  
3 iii. In the Old Castle  
4 iV. Spring Song  
5 V. Peasants Ballad  
6 Vi. Sorrowful Reverie  
7 Vii. Furiant  
8 Viii. Goblins Dance  
9 iX. Serenade  
10 X. Bacchanalia  
11 Xi. Tittle-Tattle  
12 Xii. At a Heros Grave  
13 Xiii. On the Holy Mountain  
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‘I have to say I think this is the great forgotten cycle of the 19th century piano music. Maybe those are big words, but I do feel that,’ states Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes about his latest release on Sony Classical. On this album, he presents the most substantial piano collection by the great Romantic composer Antonín Dvorák - the unjustly neglected Poetic Tone Pictures.
According to the Norwegian pianist, these undiscovered gems show an entirely different side to the composer known for his symphonies and string quartets. ‘I love this music and no-one seems to play it,’ says Andsnes, who also championed the rarely played piano works of Jean Sibelius with the release «Sibelius» in 2017. 

The 13 postcards for piano that make up Dvorák’s Poetic Tone Pictures were written in the Spring of 1889, and signal a shift in style from a composer moving away from formal constructions towards a more free, inspired aesthetic. Among these charming pieces are evocations of magic and mystery (‘The Old Castle’), rustic dances (‘Furiant’ and ‘Peasant Ballad’), nostalgic mood pieces (‘Twilight Way’), and tragic reminiscences (‘At a Hero’s Grave’). The works range from the deeply profound to the playful, from lighthearted to furious - ‘I feel a very strong, wonderful narrative in them,’ says Leif Ove Andsnes, who firmly believes Dvorák conceived the pieces of this ‘exceptional’ set as a cycle to be played together.
 

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