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"