- English Suite, for keyboard No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811 (BC L18)
- Piano Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Op. 110
- Variations for piano, Op. 27
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.