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Szymanowski: Piano Sonata No 3, Etc / Anderszewski


Release Date: 08/02/2005 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 45730   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Like Michelangeli, Zimerman, Tureck, and Pogorelich, Piotr Anderszewski is an artist who lavishes great care and specificity over tone production and nuance. Sometimes the results can be overly studied, as in his recordings of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations or selected Chopin Mazurkas. However, Karol Szymanowski's polytextural keyboard writing and ravishing post-impressionist harmonic palette particularly suit Anderszewski's super-refined technique and temperament, as you readily hear in the three Masques that begin this recital.


The opening Schéhérazade, for example, holds up under Anderszewski's patient unfolding as the pianist stage-manages the piano writing
Read more with painstaking calibration: notice the shimmering, absolutely uniform long trills, and hear how the big climactic chords display force without an iota of banging. And no matter how clearly Anderszewski articulates melodic strands across the keyboard's registers, the music's Scriabinesque sensuality always makes itself felt. Cogent examples of this can be found in the cascading figurations of Métopes, or in the dynamic extremes marking the Third sonata's first movement.


At times Anderszewski's deliberation soft-pedals the music's rhythmic vitality. For example, Martin Jones' quicker, drier account of Nausicca (Métopes' final movement) conveys a crisper, more varied soundscape, while his traversal of the Third sonata's ambitious concluding fugue boasts greater overall thrust and momentum than Anderszewski's relatively heavy, slightly foursqauare reading. Yet the unswerving concentration and integrity with which Anderszewski communicates his conceptions cannot be denied, and for that he deserves my highest recommendation. [8/3/2005]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Masques (3) for Piano, Op. 34 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Bydgoszcz, Poland 
Length: 25 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 3, Op. 36 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Bydgoszcz, Poland 
Length: 21 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Métopes (3), Op. 29 by Karol Szymanowski
Performer:  Piotr Anderszewski (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; Poland 
Date of Recording: 12/2004 
Venue:  Philharmonic Hall, Bydgoszcz, Poland 
Length: 20 Minutes 35 Secs. 

Sound Samples

3 Masques Op. 34: Scheherazade/Shéhérazade (lento assai, languido)
3 Masques Op. 34: Blazen Tantris/Tantris the Clown (vivace assai, buffo e caproccioso)
3 Masques Op. 34: Serenada Din Juana/Don Juan's Serenade (vivace, quasi imprivvisando)
Piano Sonata No 3 Op. 36: I Presto (leggiero e delicamente)
Piano Sonata No 3 Op. 36: II Adagio. Mesto
Piano Sonata No 3 Op. 36: III Assai vivace. Scherzando
Piano Sonata No 3 Op. 36: IV Fuga. Allegro moderato. Scherzando e buffo
Métopes - 3 poems for piano Op. 29: Wyspa syren/The Isle of Siren (lento, molto rubato e improvisando)
Métopes - 3 poems for piano Op. 29: Kalipso/Calypso
Métopes - 3 poems for piano Op. 29: Nauzykaa/Nausicaa

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