“Pictures Reframed” – Collaborative Project with South African Artist Robin Rhode, Inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – Is Centerpiece for New Season; World-Premiere Performances Set for November 13 and 14 at New York’s Lincoln Center, Followed by International Tour

Other Highlights Include Performances and Recording of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto; Concert with New York Philharmonic in Alan Gilbert’s First Season as Music Director; and Performances of New Work by Danish Composer Bent Sorensen

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“Pictures Reframed” – Collaborative Project with South African Artist Robin Rhode, Inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – Is Centerpiece for New Season; World-Premiere Performances Set for November 13 and 14 at New York’s Lincoln Center, Followed by International Tour

Other Highlights Include Performances and Recording of Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto; Concert with New York Philharmonic in Alan Gilbert’s First Season as Music Director; and Performances of New Work by Danish Composer Bent Sorensen

The celebrated Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes devotes much of the 2009-10 season to “Pictures Reframed,” a collaborative multimedia project with South African artist Robin Rhode, inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.  The project will receive its world premiere in New York in November, to coincide with its release on CD and DVD by EMI Classics.  Another Russian composer, Sergei Rachmaninov, will also feature prominently in Andsnes’s new season, which he opened in Copenhagen with the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performing with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Dausgaard.  In October, he performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Stéphane Denève, and later this season performs it with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gustavo Dudamel, and again with the Rome Santa Cecilia Academy Orchestra and Antonio Pappano; in May 2010, Andsnes will perform and record the work with the London Symphony Orchestra and Pappano for release on EMI Classics, completing his recorded cycle of the Russian composer’s four piano concertos.

Other highlights of the season include the world premiere of a new work written by Danish composer Bent Sorensen, which Andsnes will perform with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra in Oslo in October, and performances over the New Year of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 (K.488), with the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert, who this season begins his tenure as the orchestra’s new Music Director.  In January, Andsnes performs the same work at the famous Salzburg Mozartwoche with the Vienna Philharmonic and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and he remains in Salzburg for a chamber music concert of Mozart and Kurtág before embarking on a recital tour of Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands.  He also gives recitals in London and Warsaw, and in March he will tour Asia with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, leading Mozart concertos from the piano.

“Pictures Reframed”

Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode have been developing “Pictures Reframed” for several years with the generous underwriting of Norway’s StatoilHydro, the project’s commissioning sponsor.  At the heart of the project is Mussorgsky’s epic piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, which Andsnes plays while Rhode’s illustrations and films, inspired by the piece, are projected onto a specially designed stage set; Schumann’s Kinderszenen, and a new work by Thomas Larcher in collaboration with Rhode, are also integral to the performance.  “We want our collaboration to be transcendental, to be a real experience,” says Andsnes.  “By mixing this great piece of music with Robin’s art we are hoping to achieve that goal.  One never knows if it’s going to work, but that’s our dream.”

The international “Pictures Reframed” tour opens at New York’s Lincoln Center, the project’s commissioning arts institution, with performances at Alice Tully Hall on November 13 and 14.  Soon after, the project will be presented in Calgary, Alberta (Nov 16), the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC (Nov 18), Washington, DC (Nov 20), and Houston, TX (Nov 22), before heading to Europe for more than a dozen performances across the continent, including Moscow (Nov 27), London (Dec 4), Berlin (Dec 9), Paris (Dec 11), and Oslo (Dec 18).  A complete list of tour dates can be found below.

EMI Classics will release “Pictures Reframed” on both CD and DVD, and Norwegian TV is documenting the project on film.  The DVD release will feature a “making of” documentary as well as a live performance of “Pictures Reframed.”  This live performance was filmed in June 2009 at Norway’s Risor Chamber Music Festival, of which Andsnes is co-artistic director. 

Project updates, images and other special preview materials will be posted regularly at www.picturesreframed.com

An electronic press kit for the project is available on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vh_3jLX8rQ.

Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode discuss the project with Robert Siegel, the host of NPR’s All Things Considered, at the following link: www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4109651.

Previous season highlights

Leif Ove Andsnes opened last season with performances of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto in Milan and Tokyo, followed by a recital tour of Asia and South America.  After a break of nearly a decade he returned to Rachmaninov’s third concerto, playing it in Washington for his National Symphony Orchestra debut, with conductor Ilan Volkov.  He gave further performances of the Rachmaninov third with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra and Antonio Pappano, with whom he recorded the work for EMI Classics.

In spring 2009, EMI Classics released “Shadows of Silence.”  The album features works by the Danish composer Bent Sorensen (including the title composition, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall) and Marc-André Dalbavie’s Piano Concerto, which was written for Andsnes by the French composer and premiered at London’s BBC Proms.  The disc also includes solo works by Kurtág and Lutoslawski’s Piano Concerto, recorded live with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst.  Anthony Tommasini reviewed the album for the New York Times, calling the Lutoslowski and Dalbavie performances “stunning” and “riveting” respectively.  Joshua Kosman reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, “This superb new disc from the Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is a godsend for listeners convinced they don't like or understand contemporary music – and for anyone else besides.”

Leif Ove Andsnes: upcoming 2009-10 season engagements

Oct 11, 2009

Oslo, Norway

Sorensen: Concerto for Piano

Norwegian Chamber Orchestra

World premiere

Oct 22-24, 2009

Perth, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, Scotland

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Denève

Oct 31; Nov 2 and 3, 2009

Rome, Italy

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Pappano

Nov 13 and 14, 2009

New York, NY

Alice Tully Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

World premiere

Nov 16, 2009

Calgary, Canada

Jack Singer Concert Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

Nov 18, 2009

Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Carolina

“Pictures Reframed”

Nov 20, 2009

Washington, DC

Terrace Theater

“Pictures Reframed”

Nov 22, 2009

Houston, TX

Cullen Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

Nov 24, 2009

Brussels, Belgium

Palais des Beaux-Arts

“Pictures Reframed”

Nov 27, 2009

Moscow, Russia

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

Nov 29, 2009

Stockholm, Sweden

Koncerthuset

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 1, 2009

Hamburg, Germany

Kampnagel

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 2, 2009

Munich, Germany

Prinzregententheater

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 4, 2009

London, UK

Royal Festival Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 7, 2009

Naples, Italy

San Carlo Theater

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 9, 2009

Berlin, Germany

Radialsystem

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 11, 2009

Paris, France

Théatre des Champs-Elysées

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 13, 2009

Copenhagen, Denmark

Koncerthuset

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 17, 2009

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger Concert Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 18, 2009

Oslo, Norway

Oslo Concert Hall

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 20, 2009

Cologne, Germany

Kölner Philharmonie

“Pictures Reframed”

Dec 29 and 30, 2009

New York

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K.488)

New York Philharmonic / Gilbert

Jan 19 and 21, 2010

Las Palmas, Grand Canary Islands

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra / Dudamel

Jan 27, 2010

Salzburg, Austria

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major (K.488)

Jan 30, 2010

Salzburg, Austria

Salzburg Orchestra Mozarteum

Recital

Feb 15, 2010

Zaragoza, Spain

Recital

Feb 17, 2010

Madrid, Spain

Recital

Feb 19, 2010

Turin, Italy

Recital

Feb 21, 2010

Milan, Italy

Recital

Feb 23, 2010

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Recital

Feb 25, 2010

Arnhem, Netherlands

Recital

Feb 27, 2010

London, UK

Wigmore Hall

Recital

Mar 1, 2010

Warsaw, Poland

Recital

Apr 17 and 18, 2010

Barcelona, Spain

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

Barcelona Symphony / Denève

Apr 29, 2010

London, UK

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40

London Symphony Orchestra / Pappano

May 10, 2010

Norwich, UK

Recital

May 11, 2010

London, UK

Wigmore Hall

Chamber music program

May 13, 2010

Reykjavík, Iceland

Chamber music program

www.andsnes.com

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© 21C Media Group, September 2009

Published: September 22, 2009

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