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Piotr Anderszewski Piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

English Suite No. 3 in G minor BWV 808

Johann Sebastian Bach

French Suite No. 5 in G major BWV 816

Johann Sebastian Bach

Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971

Johann Sebastian Bach

English Suite No. 6 in D minor BWV 811


Tue, 18 Dec 2012 8 p.m.



When Piotr Anderszewski many years ago in Warsaw hid between orchestra rows to listen to the legendary Sviatoslav Richter practice, he was initially disappointed: “When he came, he didn’t even touch the piano.” That the young student indeed heard his idol play – “He was like a god to me” – was pure chance: he was allowed to turn pages for Richter at the concert. “I later learned that he never tried out a piano before a concert. A concert is like fate, he said. That impressed me greatly. And that’s how I do it, too.”

Piotr Anderszewski must have learned a lot on that evening: these days, professional circles attest to him Richter’s “intuition for the simply incredible malleability of time, for nuances and ostensible secondary voices that would otherwise be hardly audible.” (Frankfurter Rundschau) With a quiet intensity, he charms sounds of incomparable delicacy out of the keys and also has – besides technical brilliance – an unusually broad spectrum of varying sound values. Not for no reason is Piotr Anderszewski regarded as “one of the most individual and absorbing pianists of our time.” (The Sunday Times)

Besides a recording of Bach’s partitas nominated for a Grammy, his discography also comprises a Schumann CD, which was awarded the Echo Klassik prize and contains, among other works, Schumann’s Studies for Pedal Piano op. 56 – in his own arrangement.


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