|Anderszewski - some thoughts
Bach on the piano?
Although Bach obviously would not have been familiar with the idea of a modern concert grand piano, I do not regard this as an obstacle in expressing the essence, the timelessness of his music.
However, playing Bach on a modern instrument is a challenge. On the one hand it demands resolving some awkward stylistic, instrumental difficulties, making necessary adjustments and compromises that would not preoccupy a harpsichord player. But on the other hand, one is constantly and deservedly tempted and provoked to make full use of the fantastic range of expressive potential that a modern concert piano can offer.
It sometimes becomes paradoxical.
But that makes it even more of a fascinating artistic adventure.
About Musical Interpretation
One can speculate endlessly about the right ingredients, the perfect combination but the essential question remains unanswerable, lying far beyond the limits of the cleverest and most refined argument.
And yet one goes on searching and, while realising that the search is about everything, the essence may yet reveal itself in the most unexpected way.
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