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Chopin: Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises
Frederic Chopin, Piotr Anderszewski
Chopin: Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
 
Anderszewski, having gained many favorable reviews for recordings of Bach and Beethoven, now proves his musicianship in Chopin. The first positive element in this recital is the programming. Discs of all Mazurkas or Polona...  more »

     
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All Artists: Frederic Chopin, Piotr Anderszewski
Title: Chopin: Ballades, Mazurkas, Polonaises
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Label: EMI Classics
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 1/13/2004
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Forms & Genres, Ballads, Historical Periods, Classical (c.1770-1830)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724354562020, 724354562051, 724354562020

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Anderszewski, having gained many favorable reviews for recordings of Bach and Beethoven, now proves his musicianship in Chopin. The first positive element in this recital is the programming. Discs of all Mazurkas or Polonaises may make it easy to find a piece on your shelves, but a varied program like this is much more intelligent programming for a listening experience. The performances are engrossing. Tonal beauty and variety, necessary for great Chopin playing, are in short supply today, but Anderszewski displays greater tonal control than the contemporary norm and adds an intelligent, penetrating, poetic approach to the music. The result is a thoroughly gratifying Chopin recital, highly recommended for home listening. Unless you drive a luxury sedan, though, keep this disc out of your car or you'll lose a lot of its wonderful subtlety to road noise. The so-called program notes are just a puff piece for the artist but Virgin's sound quality is excellent. --Leslie Gerber

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CD Reviews

A great Chopin stylist emerges
Santa Fe Listener | Santa Fe, NM USA | 02/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Now in his mid-thirties, the Polish piaanist Piotr Anderszewski has earned accolades from the outset, and in concert he is an enthralling performer. As he is here, in a miscellany of seven mazurkas, the last two Ballades, and two Polonaises. His musical style is quiet, measured, and inwrdly lyrical, as if he is singing to himself and we are eavesdropping. Yet the outbreaks of passion, as in the second section of the Fourth Ballade, are convincingly tumultuous.

It takes courage to play thrice-familiar music your own way. Fortunately, Anderszewski has a unique melodic gift, as free in its way as Cortot's or Rachmaninov's in their Chopin. In all, I'd rate this the best Chopin recital I've heard since Kissin made his Carnegie Hall debut over a decade ago."
Piotr Anderszewski: Yes, He really Is That Good!
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 12/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A sleeping giant of the keyboard has firmly assured his credentials with this fine recording of fellow countryman Fryderyk Chopin's finest ballades, Mazurkas, and Polonaises. Hearing this young pianist progress in his command of Beethoven and Bach and Mozart, displaying a flawless technique, poetic vision, and an intuitive sense of each composer's intentions, begs the question 'but is he really consistently fine?'.

Listening to Anderszewski's Chopin erases all doubt that this once controversial personality might be all parade and no circus. Here is Chopin performed with all the fire and poetry, passion and bliss, introspection and attention to inner voices and details while controlling the overall architecture of this touch works. His sound is extraordinary and the recording captures that with faithful reproduction.

Passing through each of the generous pieces for individual review is unnecessary: that is the joy left for the listener. It is enough said that here is a recording by an artist of major importance who simply seems to have it all. And seeing him in concert only adds the beauty of his physical appearance to the joy of this playing! Highly recommended. Grady Harp, December 05"