Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller

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Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller

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28th June 2010






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Piotr Anderszewski: Unquiet Traveller

A film by Bruno Monsaingeon



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Bruno Monsaingeon has dedicated a great part of his life to directing movies about the greatest musicians of our times (Gould, Richter, Menuhin, Oïstrakh…), sharing with us his passionate vision of artists. His last movie, which has already been awarded in several festivals, is an especially living portrait of the non-conformist pianist Piotr Anderszewski.

Somewhere between documentary and fiction, this « rail-road-movie »’s setting is a winter journey through Poland to Budapest, in a train in which the pianist has taken his grand piano with him...

In this movie, Piotr Anderszewski gives us his most inner thoughts about music and about his qualms, through words we get while this special train strides through theland of his childhood, revealing his true nature, generous but tormented.

A brilliantly built film by Bruno Monsaingeon, utterly poetic and deeply emotional, which invites us to join the journey…

Picture format BD: 1080i Full HD - 16:9

Sounds formats BD: PCM 2.0, PCM 5.1

Region code: All

Booklet notes: English, Polish, French

Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Polish

Running time: 83 mins

Audience: all

BBC Music Magazine

September 2009


“Anderszewski's personal reflections on the music that means the most to him prove to be absolutely fascinating, and one is drawn irresistibly to his restless way of looking at the world. There are some wonderful performances too - Szymanowski with his violinist sister Dorota, excerpts from a rehearsal of the Brahms D minor Piano Concerto with Gustavo Dudamel and the Philharmonia, as well as Bach, Chopin and Mozart, the composer with whom Anderszewski most closely identifies.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2009

“Suitably subtitled "Unquiet Traveller", this DVD is a dazzling portrait of a pianist rapidly acquiring cult status. Anderszewski… speaks movingly of his greatest loves, of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Szymanowski and, most of all, Mozart. There are superb examples of Bach (a razor-sharp Gigue from the First Partita), Mozart, Beethoven (the recording sessions for the First Concerto), Chopin, Schumann and Szymanowski, all played and described with a breathless and romantic wish to communicate at a bewildering number of different levels.”

The Guardian

11th December 2009


“Photogenic and big-souled, Anderszewski proves utterly beguiling...It's touchingly beautiful...and Anderszewski's playing is to die for.”

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