BEETHOVEN: BA­GATELLES OP 126; PI­ANO CON­CERTO NO 1

Die Deutsche Kam­mer­phil­har­monie Bre­men/Piotr An­der­szewski (pi­ano)

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Vir­gin Clas­sics 502 1112 This un­usual cou­pling puts its best foot for­ward by plac­ing Beethoven’s ex­ploratory late Ba­gatelles be­fore his early and al­to­gether more con­ven­tional First Pi­ano Con­certo. Piotr An­der­szewski long ago es­tab­lished him­self as a player with a strong in­di­vid­ual streak, and his ea­ger­ness to seek out fresh perspectives seems en­tirely apt in the ba­gatelles, where he matches thought-pro­vok­ing per­for­mances with thought-pro­vok­ing mu­sic. He also seeks out new slants in the con­certo, both for the orches­tra and him­self as soloist. The pi­anism is as unim­peach­able as you would ex­pect, but the play­ing does at times sound rather more in­ter­ven­tion­ist than the mu­sic calls for – de­light­ful but dis­tract­ing. www.emi­clas­sics.com

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