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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.

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  • Audio CD (11 May 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0020SPOR4
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Listen  2. Partita No. 2 In C Minor BWV826: I. Sinfonia (Grave Adagio - Andante) 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Faschingsschwank Aus Wien Op. 26: 1. Allegro (Sehr Lebhaft) 9:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. V Mlhách: I. Andante 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. V Mlhách: IV. Presto 4:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Piano Sonata No. 31 In A Flat Major Op. 110: I. Moderato Cantabile Molto Espressivo 6:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Piano Sonata No. 31 In A Flat Major Op. 110: II. Allegro Molto 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Piano Sonata No. 31 In A Flat Major Op. 110: III. Adagio Ma Non Troppo - Fuga (Allegro Ma Non Troppo) - L'istesso Tempo Di Arioso - L'istesso Tempo Di Fuga - Meno Allegro13:06Album Only
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bing-Alguin on 4 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Do we live in a new Golden Age of pianism? I believe so, when listening to so many comparatively young players performing to-day: Kissin, Hélène Grimaud, Klára Würtz, Lang Lang, Andsnes, Hamelin, Paul Lewis and many many more. Some listeners,I presume, have a certain faiblesse for the young Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski and consider him as primus inter pares in this generation of brilliant players, due to the sensitive and well thought-out interpretations of his. No doubt, there is something of that Rubinsteinian mixture of consciousness and inexplicable intuition in his playing that is extremely impressive and makes him outstanding.
This record of a Carnegie Hall recital is an exuberant testimony of his qualities, demonstrating his amazing versability. Starting with Bach's Partita No 2 in C minor, his precise playing of Baroque keyboard music is combined with such a delicious feeling for the nuances of the score that I think I have never heard a Bach piece so satisfyingly played on the piano before.
His Schumann, in Faschingsschwank aus Wien, is more vital and dynamic than romantically dreamful and esoteric, and that is much to its advantage. He undoubtedly makes Leos Janácek a more significant and important keyboard composer than usual, playing the four ravishing pieces called In the Mists. And his Beethoven Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat major is so overwhelmingly well played that I immediately felt I longed for a complete Beethoven cycle from Anderszewski's hands - though I am not quite sure complete recordings are his way.
Bartók's rarely heard Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District concludes this admirable recital, immensely well composed as it is. Two discs with a total playing time of about 85 minutes - it seems scanty value for the money. But I can assure you that these records are worth every nickel, in whatever currency you pay it. And more than that!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Music Rover on 20 Nov. 2009
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I had not heard Anderszewski play much prior to this purchase and I was really impressed by both the command of his playing and the subtlety that he brings to such a broad range of music.

I was particularly won over by the Janacek, which he makes sound closer to the Impressionists, than I have previously heard it played before and which has a magical evanescent quality which is really mesmerising. I also loved the Bach which demonstrates the perfect fusion of heart and head.

Is there any downside. If anything although the sound is very good and natural I found the very enthusiastic Carnegie Hall audience a little intrusive after the third hearing although the magic of the live occasion really lifts this master pianist.
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Good variety of music in Anderszewski's trademark style 17 Jun. 2009
By Erik Ketzan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Piotr Anderszewski is a Polish/Hungarian pianist with an unmistakable style at the piano, characterized by very quick changes between loud and soft. One moment he's playing a piece like a lullaby, then BANG BANG BANG, then quickly back to pianissimo. It's sometimes gentle, often muscular, and always clear and crisp. This unique style allows him to breathe fresh life into familiar works.

First up is Bach's Partita #2, which does not appear on his earlier Bach disc, Bach: Partitas Nos. 1, 3, 6. It sounds great, in part because it's a Bach we haven't heard before. Unlike most Bach interpretators of the past few decades who simply sidestep or ignore the long shadow that Glenn Gould has cast, Anderszewski seems to take some lessons from Gould. His Bach is often as crisp and clean as Gould's, but nowhere near as severe. There's more pedal, more color, and if these are, indeed, traces of Gould, Anderszewski incorporates them judiciously. The Partita's capriccio, especially, sparkles.

Anderszewski's version of "Faschingsschwank aus Wien" sounds how someone acquainted with his style would expect. Another reviewer may be able to chime in on how it compares with other recordings by the greats: Ashkenazy, Richter, etc.

Janacek's "In the Mists" may be the highlight of the recital, in part because it's not as well-known as the Bach and Beethoven. It sounds Debussy-esque, which is just about all the intelligent commentary I am able to make on the piece.

Anderszewski has recorded lots of Beethoven, including the Piano Concerto No. 1 and Bagatelles and Diabelli Variations. His Diabelli was even filmed as a documentary by the great musical filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon. The Beethoven sonata here, Sonata 31, Opus 110, is also available on Anderszewski's Bach/Beethoven/Webern disc.

Continuing his commitment to the music of his roots, Central and Eastern Europe, Anderszewski closes the recital with an encore of Bela Bartok's "Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District." It's another gem of the disc, as melodious, introspective, plain and complex as the folk melodies that run through it.

In sum, a great variety of music from one the best pianists alive, including lots you probably haven't heard before.

According to a review of the recital in the New York Times, Anderszewski performed two additional encores, the Prelude from Bach's English Suite No. 6 and the Adagio from Mozart's Sonata in C minor, but these are not included here.

As a final note on the sound quality, the recording itself is excellent. Except for the applause at the beginning and end of some tracks, the tracks are largely free of the coughs, shuffles and noises that often plague live piano recordings. If you listen very closely on good headphones, you can hear them, but it's kept at a low level that makes you feel you're there in the audience, rather than distracting you from the performance.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The greatest pianist of his generation? Come and listen. 5 Sept. 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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Piotr Anderszewski has established himself in the forefront of pianists in his generation. This recital continues his string of fascinating CDs. What sets it apart is how realistically the very personal tone of an Anderszewski recital program has been captured -- in particular, I was carried back by his Bach to the mesmerizing playing I heard from him in concert. Anderszewski's ability to color the notes, to phrase with emphatic refinement, and find a flowing logic at all times is remarkable -- his touch alone would be reason to be captivated. His Schumann is new to me, but here is another composer whose music is a test in touch and voicing just as much as Bach is, only in a Romantic idiom. This version of Faschingsschwank aus Wien (a work in the vein of Carnaval but much less played) isn't as passionate or aggressively attacked as Richter's, but that can be a good thing. Richter can verge on hectoring in his fierceness, and the other great name I associate with the piece, Michelangeli, can be the opposite, cool and aloof. Anderszewski manages to be strong, rhapsodic, and fully engaged without going to extremes. This combination of spontaneity and power is thrilling.

The pianist is of Polish-Hungarian extraction but also spent time in the U.S. as a student. His recitals often include music by Szymanowski, Chopin, Janacek, and Bartok. Here, Janacek's four-part "In the Mists" is played with the freedom and rhapsodic poetry of Chopin and the gossamer delicacy of Debussy, reminding me how sadly neglected this composer's piano works tend to be, even now. And then there's Beethoven's Op. 110 -- Anderszewski has been a devoted player of Beethoven, which he personalizes in directions I'm not always happy with. Here the first movement is given a large helping of rubato and poetic shaping, harking back to the kind of pre-Schnabel romanticism that doesn't altogether appeal to me. Isn't Op. 110 made of sterner stuff a la Richter, Serkin, and Schnabel himself? The short Allegro molto that follows is dramatically characterized, b contrast, although not with Richter's fierce passion. The alternating Arioso and Fuga are the heart of the sonata, though, and Anderszewski proves to be heartrending in his execution of the former, its melancholy song done with astonishing sensitivity and naturalness. The transition to the first fugue is silken, and here the ease and power of the pianist's approach is remarkable. Richter shook the earth more, but Anderszewski makes an equally convincing build-up from quieter beginnings -- with his fleet precision, he wants us to remember the Bach Partita he began with

In all, if you are going to buy one piano recital so far this year, here it is, along with Yuja Wang's debut on DG. There's a kind of authority and depth in Anderszewski's playing that brings only a few other pianists like Serkin and Richter to mind. The Carnegie Hall audience is quiet, and the piano is a good one, recorded naturally and not so close that the mechanism is overly miked. (One caveat, however: above moderate volume levels the sound gets hard and glassy.) As if he hadn't already dazzled us, Anderszewski encores with the three Hungarian Folksongs of Bartok, and their relaxed, sad, meandering style is so perfect you feel chills run down your spine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a fine recital by a pianist with personality 16 Nov. 2013
By jsa - Published on
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While I suppose it's better to be generous than not with applause, I also think that these days it doesn't seem to take much to get a big ovation at the end of a recital. And this one by Piotr Anderszewski is a case in point. Had Anderszewski's program ended with Janacek's "In the Mists," rather than Beethoven's op. 110 sonata, I would have been on my feet myself for this was charismatic and brilliant piano playing. Anderszewski demonstrated penetrating insight into this impressionistic suite, nailing down the jagged edges and making an organic whole out of the four parts. This is the best reading I've heard of "In the Mists," better even than Schiff's fine recording (Janácek: Recollection); but this came as no surprise given Anderszewski's outstanding record of Szymanowski's piano music (Sonata No 3 Metopes Masques).

The Bach Partita which opened the program was also quite good. The pianist's Bach was neither dry nor monochromatic; there was just the right dose of personality, rhythmic certainty and forward momentum. I was less impressed with Anderszewski's traversal of Schumann's "Faschingsschwank Aus Wien," which had more than a few moments of fussiness and lagging. Indeed, it's superior to Michelangeli's ultra-rhetorical approach (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli), but is no match for Richter (Icon: Sviatoslav Richter), both of which are also recital readings. The Beethoven sonata which closes the recital, on the other hand, left a mostly positive impression. I like the grand approach Anderszewski takes here: there's definitely awareness by the artist that he's communicating music of great significance, and while there are a few details that don't come off (the four spaced notes pecked out before the final fugue is one example), the overall conception makes up for any shortcomings.

I wonder if there were other encores, because the Bartok was exceptional and I would love to have heard more in the same vein.

Four solid stars.
Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall 1 Feb. 2013
By Anne NYC - Published on
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I really like his sensitive playing. A real joy to listen to him.
Bought the CD because I heard him play at Carnegie Hall.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall 27 Sept. 2011
By Bjorn Viberg - Published on
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Piotr Anderszewski at Carnegie Hall is a 2009 EMI Records Ltd recording starring pianist Piotr Anderszewski. Adelaide de Place has written the music notes. Translated in English by Hugh Graham. A very nice performance indeed! Highly recommended indeed. 5/5.
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