Piotr Anderszewski, pianist (photo by Sheila Rock)
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski joined the ensemble in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Unfortunately, the combination of a substandard instrument and unimaginative, technical playing with a banged-out cadenza limited the work’s success. The tense soloist refused to dance with the orchestra, his willing dance partner. The evening could have been an opportunity to invite a fortepianist such as Kristian Bezuidenhout to offer a unique experience with a more modestly sized piano.
Joe Banno, Swedish Chamber Orchestra (Washington Post, April 3)
Steve Smith, Take Beethoven, Instill Period Flavor, Heighten the Drama (New York Times, April 1)