These titans of the piano reawaken The Rite of Spring, its pounding rhythms and riotous harmonies all the more striking in Stravinsky’s own four-hand scoring. Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky’s neoclassical Concerto for Two Pianos provide fascinating counterpoint.
Andsnes gives recitals and plays concertos in the world’s leading concert halls and with its foremost orchestras, besides being an active recording artist. An avid chamber musician, he served as co-artistic director of the Risor Festival of Chamber Music for nearly two decades, and was music director of California’s 2012 Ojai Music Festival.
Born in Montreal and a resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.
Leif Ove Andsnes’s performances are generously underwritten by Eric and Margaret Rothchild through the Seattle Symphony’s Guest Artists Circle.