Piotr Anderszewski

Bach: English Suite BWV 811; Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 110; Webern: Variations, Op. 27

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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.

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