CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Performance Friday, February 17, 2017 | 8 PM

Piotr Anderszewski

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Piotr Anderszewski’s Carnegie Hall recitals have become the stuff of legend. His breathtaking 2008 performance captured on a live recording is one of the touchstone albums, and his most recent appearance was praised for “sensitive performances” that “also fostered intimacy” (The New York Times).

Performers

  • Piotr Anderszewski, Piano

Program

  • MOZART Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475
  • MOZART Piano Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
  • CHOPIN Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61
  • CHOPIN Three Mazurkas, Op. 59
  • BACH English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811

  • Encores:
  • BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in G Major, Op. 126, No. 1
  • BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in G Minor, Op. 126, No. 2
  • BEETHOVEN Bagatelle in E-flat Major, Op. 126, No. 3

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Bios

  • Piotr Anderszewski


    Piotr Anderszewski is regarded as one of the outstanding musicians of his generation. In recent seasons, he has given recitals at London's Barbican Centre and Royal Festival Hall; Vienna's Konzerthaus; Berlin's Philharmonie; and New York's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. His orchestral collaborations have included appearances with the Berliner Philharmoniker; the Chicago and London symphony orchestras; The Philadelphia Orchestra; and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has also given many performances directing from the keyboard, with orchestras that include the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

    Mr. Anderszewski has recorded exclusively with Warner Classics / Erato (previously Virgin Classics) since 2000. His first release with the label was Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which received a number of awards. He has also recorded a Grammy-nominated CD of Bach's Partitas nos. 1, 3, and 6. His affinity for the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski is captured in a highly praised recording of the composer's solo piano works, which received a Gramophone Award in 2006. His recording devoted to solo works by Schumann received an ECHO Klassik award in 2011 and two BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2012, including Recording of the Year. Mr. Anderszewski's most recent recording of Bach's English Suites nos. 1, 3, and 5 was released in November 2014, and went on to win both a Gramophone Award and an ECHO Klassik Award in 2015.

    Mr. Anderszewski has been the subject of two award-winning documentaries by filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon for the European television station ARTE. The first of these, Piotr Anderszewski Plays the Diabelli Variations (2001), explores Mr. Anderszewski's particular relationship with Beethoven's Op. 120; the second, Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller (2008), is an unusual artist portrait, capturing the pianist's reflections on music, performance, and his Polish-Hungarian roots.

    During the 2016-2017 season, Mr. Anderszewski performs with the Munich Philharmonic; the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim; and twice on tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Vladimir Jurowski. He also appears in recital at Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Zürich's Tonhalle. His chamber music collaborations this season include a European tour with violinist Nikolaj Znaider.

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At a Glance

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART  Fantasia in C Minor, K. 475; Piano Sonata in C Minor, K. 457

A virtuoso pianist, Mozart composed a wide range of solo keyboard music, from concertos and sonatas to rondos, fantasias, and other stand-alone pieces. This masterly repertoire illustrates his determination to expand the range of piano technique and expression. Written at different times in the mid-1780s, the Fantasia and Piano Sonata share the passionate and often tragic character associated with the key of C minor and are traditionally performed together.


FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN  Polonaise-fantaisie in A-flat Major, Op. 61; Three Mazurkas, Op. 59

Chopin revolutionized piano writing in dozens of nocturnes, waltzes, mazurkas, and other solo pieces that imbued the brilliance of the salon style with unprecedented poetic depth. Robert Schumann extolled the Polish composer’s accomplishment, in which, he wrote, “imagination and technique share dominion side by side.” Op. 61 and Op. 59 represent two dance genres with which Chopin was closely associated—the jaunty exuberance of the polonaise and the folk-like simplicity of the mazurka.


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH  English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811

In the years before and after his move to Leipzig in 1723, Bach devoted much of his time to composing didactic works for the keyboard. Among them were the six misleadingly named English Suites, which, like the later French Suites, demonstrate Bach’s facility in the florid French idiom. Based on courtly dances of the day, the suites exemplify the elegant and melodious style that appealed to well-bred amateurs and cultured aristocrats alike in Bach’s time.  

Program Notes
This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos II.