Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Fantasia in C minor, K. 475
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13, Pathétique
Leoš Janáček – Selections from On an Overgrown Path, Book 1
Antonín Dvořák – Selections from Poetic Tone Pictures, Op. 85
The performance premieres at 7pm Pacific / 10pm Eastern. Available on demand until Jan 3, 2021, 11:59pm PST.
With commanding technique and a keen musical mind, the brilliant Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes is known for thrilling performances on a wide range of repertoire. Praised as “a pianist of magisterial elegance, power, and insight,” by The New York Times, he has been nominated for nearly a dozen Grammy awards for his recordings of works by Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Bartók, and Stravinsky. Andsnes last performed on campus during Cal Performances’ 2017–18 season, and he was artistic director of the expansive Ojai at Berkeley festival here in 2012, when he was praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for his curatorial acumen as well as his pianistic virtuosity. True to his reputation for artfully assembled programs, Andsnes matches Mozart’s dramatic Fantasia in C minor, which was influenced by the counterpoint of Bach, with Beethoven’s beloved Pathétique sonata, and selections from two deeply evocative and poetic cycles by Czech masters Janáček and Dvořák. Andsnes will record his Cal Performances at Home recital from Bergen, Norway, where he resides.
Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.
Join us at 6:30pm, before the streaming premiere at 7pm, for a pre-concert conversation with Leif Ove Andsnes and Cal Performances Executive and Artistic Director Jeremy Geffen. Free for ticket holders. Available on demand here, following the premiere, for everyone.
The pricing for individual Cal Performances at Home performances is on the honor system and is based on the number of people watching the performance. Starts at $15.