Video Webcast: Piotr Anderszewski's Beethoven Brunch

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Piotr Anderszewski in The Greene Space Piotr Anderszewski in The Greene Space (screen shot)

On April 27, pianist Piotr Anderszewski performed the music of Beethoven and Janacek in The Greene Space at WQXR.

The Warsaw-born Anderszewski is known for his interpretations of music ranging from Bach to Bartók, Schumann to Chopin, Szymanowski to Janáček. But it's Beethoven in which he's developed a particular acclaim. He launched his career at the 1990 Leeds Piano Competition with a much-discussed performance of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

Anderszewski has gone on to record a wide repertoire. Of his Beethoven, London's Guardian newspaper recently wrote that "while the A flat Sonata Op. 110 has long been part of Anderszewski’s repertoire, every time he plays it, his performance seems even more coherent, more perfect. It’s an exceptional experience.”

The event is hosted by WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.


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Comments [4]

Herman Joseph from NYC

This is one of the great performances of the Beethoven Sonata in A flat op 110. The last three sonatas are a pinnacle of all music. Could he also perform the E major op 109 and perhaps the op 111.
There are historical performances which remain in my mind's ear- A Beethoven concert by Dame Myra Hess about 50 years ago when she gave an inspired performance of the Op 110 -- and, of course, her legendary recording of both the 110 and the 109. Anderszewski continues into the 21st century the grand tradition of the thoughtful musician/pianist.

Jul. 05 2014 11:19 AM
Stan Bernstein from Yorkville

Please do restore the video. You announced it was being taken down "temporarily" and would soon be restored.

You should follow up on your communication. It was a brilliant performance (albeit with a couple of minor glitches) that far transcends his recorded version.

May. 28 2014 04:16 PM
Rhea from nyc

Please please bring back video archive! It was an out-of-the-world performance. Poetic and spellbinding.

May. 04 2014 11:19 PM
Tom Fennell from Los Angeles

Anderszewski's Beethoven and Mozart is wonderful but I love him most in Chopin. I cannot help think that Chopin himself must have played like Anderszewski. His approach to the polonaises and the ballades is unhurried and a bit understated. He shuns the pyrotechincal approach, taken by most pianists, and brings out the poetry. I treasure his recording of the f minor ballade. I would love to hear him play the Polonaise Fantaisie. Has he recorded this work?

Apr. 27 2014 11:34 AM

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