Piotr Anderszewski works his way slowly and methodically through the piano music of the composers he loves, adding new pieces to his repertory only after long and meticulous consideration. He included two of Schumann's Op 21 Novelletten in a recital he gave in
Structurally it's a strange piece, like two scherzos, each with a double trio, tacked end to end. But as this fabulously lucid performance showed, its oddness manages to pack every facet of Schumann's piano writing into a single 12-minute span - the rugged humour and tireless energy, the melancholic introspection and unbounded elation - and Anderszewski made it all sound totally comprehensive. Like all his playing, his Schumann has the wonderful knack of sounding utterly fresh and spontaneous, while at the same time conveying the sense that every detail in it is there for a specific musical reason.
The Novellette was flanked by two other composers who are staples of Anderszewski's programmes. He had opened with Bach, the Overture in the French Style BWV831, each movement buoyant and crystal clear, the rhythms athletic, the changes of colour magical. This huge work seemed to pass in moments. Late
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