Bach: English Suite No. 6 / Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 31 / Webern: Variations Op. 27

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Piotr Anderszewski made this recording in 1996 for Polish Accord -- it was his first CD. Almost a decade later, Virgin Classics acquired the rights for this release, and they were wise to do so. Anderszewski is one of their most gifted young artists, and this recital reveals that his brilliance is no flash in the pan. The unusual program opens with a clear-headed, articulate, and expressively elegant performance of Bach's D Minor English Suite BWV 811. Then, from the spiritual righteousness of Bach, Anderszewski turns to late Beethoven, giving a pliant, probing account of the Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 110. It's not an interpretation that calls attention to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
Piotr Anderszewski made this recording in 1996 for Polish Accord -- it was his first CD. Almost a decade later, Virgin Classics acquired the rights for this release, and they were wise to do so. Anderszewski is one of their most gifted young artists, and this recital reveals that his brilliance is no flash in the pan. The unusual program opens with a clear-headed, articulate, and expressively elegant performance of Bach's D Minor English Suite BWV 811. Then, from the spiritual righteousness of Bach, Anderszewski turns to late Beethoven, giving a pliant, probing account of the Sonata in A Flat Major, Op. 110. It's not an interpretation that calls attention to itself, but it's full of individual inflections and vivid characterizations. The inclusion of Webern's Variations is notable, for so far Anderszewski's recordings have concentrated on pre-20th-century repertory. One is left wanting to hear more, as he shapes Webern's spare lines and jagged phrases with great sensitivity. The second movement is almost belligerent in its swagger, but it's in the tender sections of the outer movements that Anderszewski seems to tap most deeply into this composer's elusive sound-world. Urgently recommended.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
It doesn't seem to matter what music he's playing, Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski is one of the great pianists of his generation. In his earlier recordings of Beethoven's "Diabelli Variations," of three of Bach's partitas, and of a selection of Chopin's mazurkas, ballades, and polonaises, Anderszewski has already demonstrated himself capable of playing anything and playing it with incredible sensitivity, unbelievable expressivity, and tremendous virtuosity. In this 2004 recital of Bach's "English Suite in D minor, BWV 811"; Beethoven's "Piano Sonata in A flat major, Op. 110"; and Webern's "Variations, Op. 27," Anderszewski proves once again that he can play anything. His Bach is lucid and passionate with an alert sense of rhythm and a lyricism that is rarely heard in Bach. His Beethoven is pellucid and sublime, with an Arioso dolente that will break your heart, and a final Fuga that will transform your sorrow into joy. His Webern is cogent, eloquent, and absolutely breathtaking in its emotional and spiritual depth. Anyone who loves great music and great piano playing will love this disc. Virgin's sound is as close to reality as it gets.
Gramophone
[August 2004 CD of the Month] It may sound clichéd but Piotr Anderszewski is one of those pianists who genuinely make the music they perform sound new- minted.... This is a perfect sampler of his art, a trio of works across three musical periods, but each performed with an extraordinary sense of involvement -- the Bach is crystalline, courtly but also wonderfully individual, the Beethoven majestic and exquisitely voiced and the short Webern Variations have rarely sounded so convincing, and dare I say it, so full of music.

[August 2004 CD of the Month] It may sound clichéd but Piotr Anderszewski is one of those pianists who genuinely make the music they perform sound new- minted.... This is a perfect sampler of his art, a trio of works across three musical periods, but each performed with an extraordinary sense of involvement -- the Bach is crystalline, courtly but also wonderfully individual, the Beethoven majestic and exquisitely voiced and the short Webern Variations have rarely sounded so convincing, and dare I say it, so full of music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Erato
  • UPC: 724354563225
  • Catalog Number: 45632
  • Sales rank: 193,846

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–8 English Suite, for keyboard No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (BC L18) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Piotr Anderszewski (30:32)
  2. 9–15 Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110 - Ludwig van Beethoven & Piotr Anderszewski (23:13)
  3. 16–18 Variations for piano, Op. 27 - Anton Webern & Piotr Anderszewski (6:41)
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Piotr Anderszewski Primary Artist
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