By such an extraordinary coincidence it seems I had confused the younger brother of Andrej with Krzysztof.Both blond and prodigiously talented but this was a discovery I made after this concert in Warsaw.Some extraordinarily refined Chopin and Schubert playing from Warsaw in the Fryderyk Concert Hall from one of the finest pianists of his generation Krzysztof Wiercinski. Having heard his brother this summer in the Duszniki International Piano Festival of Piotr Paleczny where he was in a series that included Dmitri Alexeev and Federico Colli,I was once again seduced by the ravishing tone and aristocratic musicianship of this young musician.What remarkable brothers they are!
A very sensitive account of the Scarlatti Sonata in Fminor K 466.Caressing the keys in this deeply felt lament.But it was the fluidity of sound in the Schubert A minor sonata that was so remarkable.Even in the most strenuous passages there was an extraordinary sound very reminiscent of the Hungarian school of Geza Anda and Tamas Vasary .A deeply contemplative slow movement where the barely whispered echo of the tenor melodic line was quite magical and the frantic perpetual motion of the last movement was only relieved by Schubert’s ever surprising melodic outpouring.
The Chopin study op 10 n.8 glided with such ease from his well oiled fingers but it was the shaping of the left hand melodic line that was so remarkable. There was a superb sense of balance in the late nocturne op 62 n.1 where one could appreciate to the full his aristocratic sense of rubato and colour.
The sense of architectural shape and character made one appreciate even more the Chopin second scherzo as it built to its exciting close contrasting so well with the beautiful shape he brought to the eloquent central section