Posts Tagged ‘Norway’

andsnes in the house

January 13, 2012

Andsnes playing Grieg today

Earlier this week, WGBH’s Fraser Performance Studio got its very own fbook fan page. Just in time for the space to welcome one of the world’s finest pianists – Leif Ove Andsnes – for our weekly feature, Drive Time Live with Cathy Fuller.

He’s in town for this week’s performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven’s C Major Piano Concerto is on the program, the first of his mighty handful of five “piano vs. orchestra” masterpieces.

Andsnes shared some insight today on the work: “The slow movements by Beethoven – it’s not a private confession, it’s a speech to humanity. And that’s very touching, it’s a such broad feeling which is very different from Mozart or Haydn.”

Life as a touring soloist is challenging, to say the least. There are stories of notable soloists calling the front desk at their hotels just to verify the name of the city he or she is in. Who can keep track of all those time zones?

Andsnes is clear about one thing. While he could live in “any city in the world, as long as it has an airport, to be able to get around” – he’s learned a lot about himself over the years. “I’m getting more and more sure of the fact that I cannot move away from Norway. It’s a fantastic place.”

We’re glad he’s here this week. Tomorrow night’s concert is one I’ve been looking forward to for a long time!

Leif Ove Andsnes at WGBH this afternoon

songs for ‘stick’ season

November 15, 2009

John McCutcheon WintersongsAutumn’s closing out, winter’s not quite here yet. We’re waiting for snow.

This week’s World of Music features Wisconsin native John McCutcheon with a song about anticipating the snow, from his Wintersongs. We’ll make musical stops in Norway, Scotland, and Senegal in the weekly world tour – and find out what happens when a contemporary DJ remixes traditional stories from India’s ancient epic, the Ramayana. The result is unforgettable. The Easy Star All-Stars give up “Money” from Dub Side of the Moon, and the Denver Dub Collective channels Prince from their brand new release Purple Dub.

World of Music is a seasonal blend of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday on the Radiator, 3-5pm ET. Online, or at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT.

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