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May 22, 2008

Review on Chopin Concerto in Tokyo 2007

Russian National Orchestra, the first orchestra operated by the private sector since the collapse of the former Soviet Union, conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, founder and artistic director, started the concert with Symphonic fantasia "Francesca da Rimini" of Tchaikovsky.

17 years have passed since the founding of the orchestra, and the performance was convincing to know that the orchestra successfully assembled excellent musicians.

Following this was Chopin piano concerto No.1 with Rafał Blechacz, the victor of the 15th International Chopin Competition in 2005 as a solist.

Blechacz was born on June 30, 1985 and became the first Polish winner of the Competition since 1975 when Krystian Zimerman clinched the victory, 10 years before Blechacz was born.

Although young, Blechacz performed so remarkably that I felt that he is a pianist with the highest perfection among the winners of the Chopin Competition after Zimerman.

With his stable technique and noble creativity, Blechacz demonstrated superb expressiveness in singing and colorific beauty, thus creating an unprecedentedly excellent performance of the Chopin concerto No.1.
Pletnev exquisitely supported him.

Then came Symphony No.9 of Dvorak. The arbitrary setting of tempo could make the music strange even with one false step, but the masterly technique of the orchestra kept it off.

Reviewed by Junichi Kunido, published in Japanese magazine "Ongaku-no-tomo,(Friend of music).
(on June 6, 2007 at Tokyo Opera City Hall)


Leaflet of the concert

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