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Carnegie Hall Live: Leif Ove Andsnes Performs Haydn, Chopin and More

An old joke that has become part of the folklore of one of New York City’s most famous concert venue runs as follows.

Leif Ove selected between a NY and Hamburg Steinway for his CH recital.

Leif Ove selected between a NY and Hamburg Steinway for his CH recital.

A pedestrian on Fifty-seventh Street, Manhattan, stopped violinist Jascha Heifetz and inquired:
- Could you tell me how to get to Carnegie Hall?
- Yes, said Heifetz. Practice!

That’s indeed an option, but there are other ways to get to Carnegie Hall: Take the subway, grab a cab, take a walk and now also “Carnegie Hall Live” – a vibrant radio broadcast and digital series in partnership with WQXR 105.9, New York’s classical station, and American Public Media.

On Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 pm, the recently Grammy nominated Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes presented a varied recital that touched on three centuries of solo piano repertoire.

Haydn: Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI:20
Bartók: Suite, Op. 14
Debussy: Images, Book I
Chopin: Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2
Chopin: Waltz in G-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 1
Chopin: Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 3
Chopin: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42
Chopin: Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47
Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62, No. 1
Chopin: Ballade in G Minor, Op. 23

Chopin: Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 34, No. 1
Granados: Spanish Dance No. 5
Rachmaninoff: Etude-tableau in C Major, Op. 33, No. 2

Listen to the complete recital along with Leif Ove talking to Jeff Spurgeon about which Steinway piano to choose for the recital (2.20) and about the music in the program (1.06.34).

More about Andsnes:
Grammy nominee Leif Ove Andsnes is ready to play
Leif Ove Andsnes’ official website


  1. Gary Howell piano tuner Melbourne FL Says:

    Wow, what a tremendous resource and inspiration for young pianists. I will definitely listen to this and recommend it to piano students. I wonder if future recordings could also be downloaded through itunes or as a regularly updated podcast.

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