|New release - Mozart and Schumann Fantaisies
|Saturday 11 February 2017
Anderszewski's latest disc is released by Warner Classics on 17 February. It unites works by Mozart and Robert Schumann: Mozart's Fantasia and Sonata in C minor, and Schumann's Fantasie in C major Op. 17.
Of the two composers Anderszewski writes: 'I can feel an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact. In the case of Mozart his inspiration, his knowledge of the instrument, his compositional technique, all seem to coexist in some perfect balance, and the achievement of that balance feels miraculously effortless. In the case of Schumann things are less even, less consistent. But even in his more awkward pieces the sincerity of intention, the initial impulse is never compromised.'
Anderszewski closes the disc with Schumann's final work, the 'Geistervariationen' ('Ghost Variations'), published posthumously.
Unusually, the CD includes a bonus DVD of a film made by Anderszewski himself during time off in 2016. 'Je m'appelle Varsovie' is the pianist's take on his home city of Warsaw. It consists of images but no dialogue. Anderszewski remains behind the camera, and the only soundtrack is his own playing.
For information on the new release, see discography.
New York Times interview by Anthony Tommasini