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Piotr Anderszewski 

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In 2001 Piotr Anderszewski won international recognition for his third CD, a bracingly authoritative rendition of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations that has since become a touchstone for other pianists. On this recital program he'll perform Metopes, by the unjustly neglected Karol Szymanowski, a fellow Pole who wrote a spellbinding Fourth Symphony and the noteworthy opera King Roger. The three-movement Metopes depicts characters from the Odyssey--the Sirens, Calypso, and the dancing Phaecian maidens. The work is derivative--full of Debussyisms--but some of the music is still breathtaking. Anderszewski will also play Bach's melancholy Overture in the French Style, BWV 831. He has a keen sense of counterpoint and makes all the lines seem like individual melodies--as Bach believed they were. And he maintains a silky tone, rejecting the harsh, steely sound some performers use to highlight Bach's contrapuntal idiosyncrasies. Also on the program are Chopin's Third Sonata and three op. 63 mazurkas, whose folksy tempo shifts Anderszewski careens through on CD. Sunday, March 28, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan; 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114.

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