Chopin: Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises

Chopin: Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises

by Piotr Anderszewski
     
 

In his choice of repertory, Piotr Anderszewski has avoided following the young virtuoso's traditional and well-worn path. He's made his name -- and received rapturous critical acclaim -- for his Virgin Classics recordings of Bach partitas, Mozart concertos, and Beethoven's monumental "Diabelli" Variations. This Chopin recording isSee more details below

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In his choice of repertory, Piotr Anderszewski has avoided following the young virtuoso's traditional and well-worn path. He's made his name -- and received rapturous critical acclaim -- for his Virgin Classics recordings of Bach partitas, Mozart concertos, and Beethoven's monumental "Diabelli" Variations. This Chopin recording is his most "mainstream" offering to date, yet it is also the most individual, interpretively speaking. Anderszewski brings a fresh element of fantasy to these familiar works, playing with exquisite delicacy (his pianissimo playing is ravishing, and there's lots of it here), as well as with considerable rhythmic freedom. Chopin's music has rarely sounded so confessional. Even in the famous "Heroic" Polonaise, Op 53, Anderszewski often uses a surprisingly gentle tone, though he can rattle off the octaves with the best of 'em, and he gives the F-sharp Minor Polonaise, Op 44, a sense of grim determination that looks forward to Mahler's music. A daringly personal and fascinating program that helps to cement Anderszewski's reputation as a brilliant iconoclast.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Another example of superb programming, Piotr Anderszewski's Chopin recital on Virgin is brilliantly conceived and masterfully executed. Concentrating on the compoer's late works, Anderszewski's program starts with two sets of "Mazurkas" played with supple sensitivity and sympathetic poetry, builds through the last two "Ballades" played with dramatic intensity and terrific technique, climaxes in the last two "Polonaises" played with heroic grandeur and tremendous virtuosity, and closes with the tender and intimate "Mazurka in F minor" as an encore. Anderszewski's technique is imperious, his tone is sensual, his performances are emotional, and his interpretations are magisterial. Individually, each performance is strong and vital. Taken all together, the whole disc is more than the sum of its parts. Virgin's sound is warm but a bit close and sometimes a little too immediate.
Dallas Morning News - Lawson Taitte
The much-lauded Anderszewski has discovered his roots, and -- wow! This Chopin recital...is the most interesting in ages.... Anderszewski isn't afraid to be grandiose, yet the piano tone stays rich even at maximum volume. The pianist bends lines for dramatic effect and expends a lot of poetic subtlety in the quieter interludes. (A-)
BBC Online - Andrew McGregor
The recording is perfectly scaled, intimate without being oppressively close, and in sum it's one of those rare Chopin recitals that makes perfect sense.... It lives and breathes just as movingly as a whole as it does within any one of the miniatures in isolation, and that is a very rare achievement.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2004
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0724354562020
catalogNumber:
45620

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  1. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 59, CT. 86-88  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron
  2. Mazurkas (3) for piano, Op. 63, CT. 89-91  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron
  3. Ballade for piano No. 3 in A flat major, Op. 47, CT. 4  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron
  4. Ballade for piano No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52, CT. 5  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron
  5. Polonaise for piano No. 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron
  6. Polonaise for piano No. 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron
  7. Mazurka for piano No. 49 in F minor, Op. 68/4, CT. 99  - Frédéric Chopin  - Piotr Anderszewski  - Alain Lanceron

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