- French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23) - Johann Sebastian Bach - Piotr Anderszewski - Heidi Fritz - Derek Yeld
- Overture in the French Manner, partita for keyboard in B minor (Clavier-Übung II/2), BWV 831 - Johann Sebastian Bach - Piotr Anderszewski - Heidi Fritz - Derek Yeld
Bach: French Suite No. 5by Piotr Anderszewski
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski made his major-label debut as violinist Viktoria Mullova's accompanist on a pair of Philips discs of violin sonatas by Janácek, Prokofiev, Debussy, and Brahms released in 1995 and 1997. He then made a recording for Plexa of Bach solo keyboard works in 1999 before hitting the big time with a Virgin/EMI contract in 2000. A decade later in 2010, Harmonia Mundi re-released Anderszewski's Plexa recordings on the budget-priced Musique d'abord label, and for those who missed them, here's another chance to hear his take on Bach's "Fifth French Suite" and "Overture in the French Manner." They are, as Anderszewski's most dedicated fans already know, stupendous. There's no question of technique -- the Polish pianist plays everything here with not the least sign of strain -- nor of intelligence -- his performances are absolutely lucid with every line of counterpoint clear and every line integrated into a unified whole -- nor of sensitivity -- lines are not merely lines but melodies with their own rise and fall -- nor of spirituality -- there are emotional depths here that only the greatest pianists have plumbed. Recorded in crisp, clear digital sound, this disc should be heard by anyone who enjoys great Bach or great piano playing.
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- Harmonia Mundi Fr.
Performance CreditsPiotr Anderszewski Primary Artist
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