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Anderszewski @ Shriver

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Charles T. Downey, Pianist Piotr Anderszewski makes Shriver Hall debut
Washington Post, December 4, 2012

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Bach, English Suite No. 6 (inter alia), P. Anderszewski

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Schumann, Humoreske (inter alia), P. Anderszewski
Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski is on a U.S. tour this month, making his first return to the Washington area since a recital at the National Gallery of Art in 2006. For his debut at Shriver Hall in Baltimore, where he played Sunday evening, the program paired two of the composers whose music he has recorded to critical acclaim, Bach and Schumann. Anderszewski is not a fastidious fine-tuner of sound at the keyboard, but he used a broad palette of articulation and voicing to put his mark on some familiar pieces.

He chose Bach's third and sixth English suites, and they made an ingenious pairing. Anderszewski added many small embellishments to the score, taking all of the repeats but never to the point of obfuscating Bach's music. [Continue reading]
Piotr Anderszewski, piano
Bach, English Suites 3 and 6
Schumann, Fantasy in C Major, op. 17
Shriver Hall

The third and sixth English suites are the two that both have gavottes in the optional dance position, and as Anderszewski's performance showed, they have many other things in common. For both of these suites, Bach also wrote out completely ornamented “doubles” for the sarabandes, which Anderszewski played after making his own ornamentations to the original dance, then further ornamenting Bach’s ornamentation on the final repeat. In both cases, the “double” had the feel almost of a completely different movement.

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