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Anderszewski rocks the Laeiszhalle
Monday 2 February 2015

From the Hamburger Abendblatt

Hamburg. In the beginning, there was some disappointment. The 92-year-old pianist Menahem Pressler whose performance with the Berlin Philharmonic of Mozart's A major Concerto, K. 488 had been a delight, was forced to cancel Hamburg. Anderszewski, just half his age, rescued the NDR. The expectations heaped on the Pole were exceptional. Especially since he chose Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 453, which is the concerto Pressler had intended to play.

In the first movement  during the light and airy ping-pong between strings, brass and solo piano and the witty playful solo cadenza by Mozart  it dawned on the audience in the packed Laeiszhalle that they had a worthy stand in, with Semyon Bychkov as a guest conductor providing the required orchestral ambience. Even Mozart connoisseurs gasped at the freely varying Andante which followed the introductory string passage. The chromatic opacities of the middle section seemed to be timeless. It was not until the final Rondo that something close to normality was restored. After ecstatic applause the soloist surprised us with a piquant encore: Three Hungarian Folksongs by Béla Bartók
Source: Hamburger Abendblatt
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