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Jun 13, 2008

Review on Blechacz's recital in Tokyo 2007

Rafał Blechacz, 22 year-old young polish who has attracted the world's attention after winning the 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, came and had recitals in Japan following 2006 Japan tour.

The program beginning with J.S.Bach: Italian Concerto F major suggests his current attitude. It was followed by F.Liszt: 3 Concert studies, C.Debussy: Estampes before the intermission.

After the intermission was Chopin program: Barcarolle, two Nocturnes op62, and 12 Preludes of op28 (Preludes 13 to 24).

Blechacz performed so wide a variety of repertoire with youthfulness and well refined technique. My impression was that his performance was full of spontaneousness by showing occasional expressions which can be described as powerful and dynamic rather than playing everything in a delicate and sensitive manner. Shades of difference in tones of each Prelude was quite intriguing, although only the second half was played.

I felt that the entire program asserts Blechacz's personality impressively. However, I wish I could understand what he tried to bring out by these four composers and their works.

I would like to follow him for the next few years from that regard.

(Reviewed by Yoshiyuki FUJITA, published in Japanese magazine "Ongaku-no-tomo (Friend of Music).
Recital on June 19 at Tokyo Opera City Hall.)

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