The Norwegian pianist has assembled a programme as part of Southbank Centre's year-long focus on the Nordic regions, Nordic Matters.
Sibelius' music is shot through with atmospheres by turns tender and chilling. Schubert's Three Pieces, D.946 draw on songful idioms to explore mysterious inner worlds.
Their extreme emotions are echoed by the German composer Jörg Widmann in his tribute to Schubert, Idyll and Abyss.
The second half matches Beethoven's turbulent and reflective Sonata in D minor (The Tempest), with two Chopin works that show the composer at his most dramatic – the C minor Nocturne and the mighty Ballade No.1.
PerformersLeif Ove Andsnes piano
RepertoireSibelius: The Birch, Op.75 No.4; Impromptu, Op.97 No.5; Rondino in C sharp minor, Op.68 No.2; The Shepherd, Op.58 No.4; Romance in D flat, Op.24 No.9
Royal Festival Hall at 6.15pm: pre-concert talk. Leif Ove Andsnes discusses the evening’s programme. Admission free.
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