Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Thirty-one-year-old Polish-born pianist Piotr Anderszewski has become something of a star—and with only a few duet partnerships with violinist Viktoria Mullova (on Philips), a single previous s

Thirty-one-year-old Polish-born pianist Piotr Anderszewski has become something of a star—and with only a few duet partnerships with violinist Viktoria Mullova (on Philips), a single previous solo album (of Bach, on Harmonia Mundi), and an engaging film appearance (as a commentator in NVC Arts' Art of the Piano) under his belt. This disc—his first for Virgin/ EMI—is his true coming-out party. Despite lauded renditions on record by the likes of Stephen Kovacevich and Alfred Brendel, Beethoven's Diabelli Variations have proved notoriously elusive for both artists and audiences. Yet this charmingly self-assured musician has made the work his calling card. This individual, incandescent performance was recorded for a film by Bruno Monsaingeon (which should finds it way on DVD-Video soon, let's hope). Brimming with detail yet boasting a persuasive command of the long view, Anderszewski's Diabelli Variations are as compelling as they come.—BB