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Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - The Guardian
Friday 25 February 2005

[T]he Queen Elizabeth Hall was packed for Anderszewski's recital, delivered in the intensely engaging, self-effacing way that almost disguises the sheer technical mastery and musicianship of his playing...

The three Szymanowski M├ętopes shimmered and shimmied beguilingly, their formidable technical challenges dissolving in iridescent textures; the mazurkas of Chopin's Opus 63 were perfectly conceived and presented in veiled, smoky colours. The tone and touch of Anderszewski's playing are so seductive that it is easy to forget how classically correct a musician he is, but the structure of Chopin's B minor Sonata was uttterly lucid, with all its elements perfectly in proportion, and the slow movement in particular was mined for a very special kind of poetry. More Szymanowski (one of the Masques?) followed as a dazzling encore.

Andrew Clements
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