Ever the imaginative filmmaker when profiling pianist
Piotr Anderszewski, director Bruno Monsaingeon crafted an
interpretive documentary in a “road trip” format, which
was narrated by the pianist. While traveling across Europe
by rail, Maestro Anderszewski voiced his innermost
thoughts on music. Poland and Hungary were given special
attention during this “travelogue,” as these were the
countries of his parents.
With this filmmaking technique, Monsaingeon revealed the
core of what made this extraordinary pianist “tick,” and
throughout the 83-minute film, generous helpings of his
playing were on display, both in the concert hall and on the
train itself, as Maestro Anderszewski (1969 – ) traveled with
his own private railway carriage. The repertoire performed
here was from Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin,
Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms,
Karol Szymanowski, as well as from his particular favorite,
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Other musical collaborations depicted here included a
performance with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
Bremen, during which he conducted the first movement of
Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto from the keyboard,
a performance of Brahms First Piano Concerto, under the
baton of Gustavo Dudamel with the Philharmonia Orchestra
of London, and he also joined forces with his sister, violinist
Dorota Anderszewska, in a performance of a Szymanowski
work for violin and piano.
Maestro Anderszewski also recounts the profound tragic
destruction of Warsaw during World War II while narrating
historic film footage from that era.
All in all, after watching this film which is entitled,
“Voyageur intranquille” or “The Unquiet Traveler,” I came
away feeling as if I had been afforded a precious glimpse
into the psyche of a remarkable artist, not to mention
footage of his formidable pianistic skills. As such, this DVD
transcends a description as a mere “concert film.” I find
these types of films particularly delightful.
Thanks again, Mr. Monsaingeon!