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 and Ludwig van Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

Piotr Anderszewski piano

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 870 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A flat major, BWV 886 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 876 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in E flat minor, BWV 877 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in B major, BWV 892 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2

Johann Sebastian Bach

Prelude and Fugue in A flat minor, BWV 887 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Part 2

Ludwig van Beethoven

Diabelli Variations, op. 120

Dates and Tickets

Mon, 19 Nov 2018, 20:00

Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 19:00

Serie U

Programme

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”.

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.

Piotr Anderszewski (photo: MG de SAINT VENANT)