Piotr Anderszewski (photo: MG de SAINT VENANT)

Chamber Music

Piano recital with Piotr Anderszewski

For his recital, Piotr Anderszewski has compiled a programme that is not only sophisticated and stylistically wide-ranging, but also very personal: of course, the inclusion of Johann Sebastian Bach, who occupies a special place in the repertoire of the Polish pianist, is a must. On this occasion, Anderszewski plays excerpts from the second part of the Well-Tempered Clavier, plus two sets of variations by Ludwig van Beethoven and Anton Webern.

Piotr Anderszewski piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2, BWV 870 − 893 (Excerpts)

Piotr Anderszewski piano

Anton Webern

Variations for Piano, op. 27

Piotr Anderszewski piano

Ludwig van Beethoven

Diabelli Variations, op. 120

Dates and Tickets

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Mon, 19 Nov 2018, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie U


Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier is “the Old Testament, Beethoven’s Sonatas the new”, Hans von Bülow is reported to have said once to a piano student, “we must believe in both”. The exceptional Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski does so, and on this recital will perform, in addition to selected Preludes and Fugues from the second volume of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, composed in the 1740s, not a sonata by Beethoven but his legendary Diabelli Variations – that last great piano piece by the composer that Bülow called a “microcosm of Beethoven’s genius, indeed, in essence, [as] a compendium of the entire world of tones”. Anderszewski will place Anton Webern’s Variations, op. 27, premiered in 1937, between these two singular works of the pianistic repertoire. It was no less ground-breaking for the music of the post-war period than Bach’s and Beethoven’s compositions were for earlier centuries.

The programme Anderzewski has put together is not only challenging and stylistically far-reaching, but also very personal: while Bach’s music has always occupied a particular significance in his repertoire, at the beginning of his pianist career there was also always “very much Beethoven”, as the artist, who lives in France, professed in a documentary produced for ARTE in 2008. And in order to not only be able to play Webern’s music but also put it across, you ultimately need precisely the subtle touch for which Anderzewski is acclaimed around the world.

Piotr Anderszewski (photo: MG de SAINT VENANT)