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Bach: English Suite, Beethoven: Piano Sonata & Webern: Variations [Import]

Piotr Anderszewski Audio CD

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Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of today's most inspired musicians and is a regular visitor to major concert venues around the world.

In recent seasons he has appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Royal Concertgebouw.

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1. Prélude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Double
6. Gavotte I
7. Gavotte II - Gavotte I da capo
8. Gigue
9. I Moderato cantabile
10. II. Allegro molto
11. III Adagio ma non troppo -
12. Arioso dolente
13. Fuga. Allegro ma non troppo
14. L'istesso tempo dell'arioso
15. L'istesso tempo della Fuga, poi di nuovo vivente
16. I. Sehr mäßig
17. II Sehr schnell
18. III Ruhig, fließend

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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic 19 Aug 2004
By hjonkers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This recital is extremely impressive. I've heard plenty Beethoven opus 110's so far, but Anderszewski's version may be the best of them all. His pianistic abilities are tremendous, whether it is his very wide dynamic range or a superb tonal control. It results in a breathtakingly beautiful first movement, a ferocious Allegro Molto (perhaps even too much, but you'll forgive him), and an Adagio-Fugue that is so tremendously sustained and coloured in every phrase that you could hardly wish for anything better. The Bach suite, too, has all these qualities. Many seem to prefer Perahia in this repertoire, but frankly, I find him rather dull in comparison with what Anderszewski does here. As for the Webern, these are played so convincingly that you'd hardly have trouble understanding it - I strongly agree with the Amazon reviewer here. In all, a superb disc that completely belies the cliche that we don't have really great pianists around nowadays. Already a classic!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smart musician 15 Aug 2005
By villegem - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a pleasure to listen to this intelligent program.

Anderszewski doesn't live in the past and bring a contemporary flair to his playing: this no Gould caricature nor academic Beethoven. This is simply a sensitive musician who offers you a glimpse at the composers' genius.

Still, this is not an ego trip and he respects the style of the periods. His Bach is superb but really the Beethoven just was amazing. I did not find in his playing the hints of contriveness that in my opinion appear in his earlier recordings. Sometimes his intelligence got in the way of romantic music when a simplier approach would have carried the day. But even then Anderszewski was interesting and you may or not have agreed with him but you can't take him for a Lang Lang...

Here beethiven is everything, sensitive, brutal, modern... and one can feel a deep connection with this music for the pianist.

Let's not now forget Webern. I am not a great fan of his music but when Boulez conducts or Anderszewski the music comes alive and opens up.

My only criticism would go to the sound engineer who allowed to much reverb (natural or not) to cloud the clarity of the upper register.

The program chosen by Anderszewski and not by some gready producer shows the same ideas through a Baroque, Classical and Modern prism.

Bravo!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really, Really Good. 13 Oct 2005
By Xyp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Andersewski is truly amazing, and anyone who loves piano and hasn't heard this CD is really missing out. Lets forget for a moment about the Bach that leads off the disc- Andersweski could well be a Bach specialist if he wanted to in my opinion, except that he's so damn good at other things as well. Let me just say that the Bach is totally excellent, as all his recorded Bach is, incidentally: check out his disc of the partitas or the french suite. Lets also not concentrate on the Webern, which ends the disc- it's also good, if an odd pairing.

The centerpiece of this disc is the Beethoven: this is the best Beethoven Op. 110 that I have ever heard, period. Andersewski has a sense of structure that I have heard in few if any pianists, and he brings his style across with just about everything I have ever heard him play. He is, for me, the best of the worlds of Brendel (for intellect) and Pollini (for emotion). His readings are always worthwhile, steady, and totally musical. Urgently recommended.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hear Bach and Beethoven for the first time all over again! 3 Dec 2007
By J'Carlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a person who grew up with excellent piano playing, Bach in all forms, and Beethoven, again from piano to choral. I find this album to be stuck in my CD player as I continue to find new ideas being drawn from my favorite composers. All of these pieces are part of my "mental repertoire" and yet I learn new things about them each time I listen to this disc. Piotr Anderszewski is that rare musician that can find the new in a composer without violating the composer's music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A signature recital from an acclaimed modern traditionalist 29 Jun 2012
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Talent is hard to define but easy to respond to, and Piotr Anderszewski has evoked a practically universal response of grateful appreciation. He is a personal pianist with his own voice, innate musical instincts, intensity, originality, and the ability to hold a listener's attention from bar to bar for an entire recital. This recital isn't as strong in originality as his breakthrough Cd of the Diabelli Var., nor does he push the envelope or take the kind of risks he took with that thorny work. Everything else is in place, however.

Bach on the piano still invites comparison with Glenn Gould, and his crystalline, precise translation of the harpsichord is widely imitated. Anderszewski is devoted to Bach, and he has found his own way. To say that it is warmer, more romantic, and less harpsichord-like than Gould is being too general. What captures your attention is the way that Anderszewski balances counterpoint with the melodic line. His two hands move with complete independence but also manage to subtly join when he wants them to, creating a through-line while maintaining the constant regularity that Bach's idiom calls for. He inserts shades of emotion - not all Bach keyboardists do - to relieve the continual demands on the intellect that dense counterpoint makes. This is no longer music where we accept a strong show of personality, but one does detect that Anderszewski has one. The sum of these elements is captivating, and even someone like me who spends very little time with Bach's keyboard works can hear the English Suite no. 6 with as much emotional satisfaction as hearing Beethoven.

In this case, Beethoven enters through the challenge of Op. 110, a sonata so wrapped in mystique that an accomplished reading isn't enough; one wants a performance that distills the composer's complex intentions and speaks in his multi-dimensional language. Anderszewski is rare among today's pianists in accepting the whole challenge. He states the tender theme of the Andante cantabile with unusually sweet softness, using as much expressive rubato as a pianist from the golden age. Beethoven writes an immediate buildup that leaves tenderness behind for power and strength. Anderszewski makes this sound very natural rather than a lurch. Playing with inwardness and total authority at the same time, he evokes a sense of the otherworldly, as the Gramophone reviewer notes, and seems modern while reminding us of great interpreters from the past.

That is how the best Beethoven interpreters work, by being part of a linked chain while adding their own contribution. I'd also point out how Anderszewski seems at ease with the monumental demands of the Fuga, at once smoothing out its late-period eccentricity at the same time that he does justice to Beethoven's strange eruptions of near violence, as in the concise tempest of the Allegro molto. We are taken into the world of the Diabellis with courage and bold acceptance of inexplicable mood swings. The result is exactly what this sonata needs, a totally engrossing reading that stays long in the mind. (The under-the-lid placement of the microphones, or so it sounds, delivers thrilling bass lines, too.)

The Webern Variations Op. 27 are the end point of what Beethoven began, turning defiant Romanticism and its boundary-breaking expressions into terse signifiers, like a novel being turned into a few telegrams, or all of Shakespeare condensed into into a hour. The test for the pianist is to let the audience in on Webern's condensed idiom while overcoming the ear's resistance to atonality. The whole work lasts only 6 min. and is as enigmatic as ever, but Anderszewski seems to have every note under his fingers.

Leaving the Webern under a question mark, the rest of this recital is hugely impressive.
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