CD of the Week: Piotr Anderszewski: Mozart & Schumann Fantaisies

"I can hear in the music of both composers a similarity in their processes of giving physical form to their inspirations. The cruel resistance of the blank page feels, in both cases, inexistent, ignored. And therein lies an important, precious connection between Mozart and Schumann: an unobstructed directness to their music, in which the purity of intention remains intact." -Piotr Anderszewski

Of the many genres available for keyboard instrument, the fantasia offers among the greatest flexibility for a composer. In a program that includes two fantasias plus Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 14 and Schumann’s Ghost Variations, Anderszewski explores the narrative lyricism each composer so masterfully accomplishes.

If the name "Piotr Anderszewski" rings a bell, it may be because of his recent appearance on the wildly popular photo blog, "Humans of New York." Nearly a year ago, he appeared on the blog and announced he would take a break from performing for a while, to avoid becoming "a two-hundred-concert-per-year performing machine." 

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