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Sep 16, 2008

Blechacz let spontaneous applause in San Carlo

Today's story is a little bit old.
In Feb. this year, Rafał Blechacz toured in Italy.

Jan. 31st, Feb. 1st & 3rd, at Milano, Auditorium
Blechacz played Chopin piano concerto No.1 with Orchestra di Milano conducted by Oleg Gaetano.

The concertos were followed by solo piano recitals.

Feb. 4th, 2008 at 21.00, Bologna, Teatro Manzoni
Feb. 6th, 2008 at 20.45, Monfalcone, Teatro Comunale
Feb. 8th, 2008 at 21.00, Perugia, Amici della Musica
Feb. 9th, 2008 at 16.00, Firenze, Teatro della Pergola
Feb. 10th & 11th, 2008 at 18.00 & 20.30, Napoli, Teatro di San Carlo
Feb. 12th, 2008 at 20.30, Roma, Aula Magna of the Rome University

Mozart piano sonata k311
Debussy Estampes
Szymanowski Variations op3
Chopin Preludes op28
The following is a review written by Umberto Garberini (1970-), an Italian pianist, piano teacher and music critic.
I have kept this review at hand; because there is one part that I love.

The original article is here. (Italian)
You can see an unsusual face of Rafał Blechacz.
(I think it is the moment he finished the final Variation of Szymanowski.)

Polish pianist played Mozart and Chopin in intensive recital
--Applause for Blechacz in San Carlo

At Naples. A 23-year-old Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz (see photo), the winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, performed at San Carlo Theatre in its concert season.

The intensive recital culminated in the second half with Preludes op.28 by Chopin;
Blechacz showed exceptionally profound, lucid and inspiring interpretation.

The young interpreter has restored the value of the unit of works; the way he played was not playing or improvising "on rough preparation (Schumann)".
He played in the way that each Prelude exemplifies the poetic world of the composer by expressing sketches, pearls, unfinished elements, hints of melody, shots of anger, the pure vision and some feeling that are incomprehensible and irrational.

Chopin was physically weak, died young at 39; it seems that Chopin vindicated himself with small forms of his pianism of genius, of mystery.
Therefore, perhaps, among other things, the Preludes are his most significant and symbolic music.

Blechacz has proved that by showing the depth of individual songs and making them shine in a perfectly made mosaic, with all the cards in the right place.

There were moments that he showed a rare beauty by singing smoothly;
he was as if talking to the audience in one of the most famous Preludes "Raindrop",
which attracted spontaneous applause of the audience during the performance
and Blechacz responded with a smile.

Teatro di San Carlo

In the first half, he played Mozart sonata D major K.311, Debussy "Estampes" and Variations op.3 of Szymanowski.
Like Chopin, Szymanowski is one of the most representative Polish musicians.
He passed away in 1937 and not well known; he attempted a personal synthesis between tradition and modernity.
His works including the op.3 are full of pathos, reminiscent of Chopin.
Blechacz with congenial pianism effectively expressed the characteristics.

He suggested impressionism in Debussy "Estampes", trying to express a wide variety of colors, with its homage orient and Andalusian element but less effective.
Mozart was full of classical vigor, very Germanic.
Applause and an encore with a Chopin's Mazurka. (by Rmberto Garberini)

↑The review was written by an Italian pianist.
Another review on his recital in Monfalcone, Italy on Feb.6.

This is a review of Blechacz's recital in San Francisco on May 11.
The program is the same as Italy.
(He held a total of five recitals in North America in late April and early May.
San Francisco was the final one of his North America debut recitals).
The reviewer is Prof. Anatole Leikin of UC Santa Cruz;
he is a well-experienced pianist and has recorded Chopin and Scriabin; has writings about music.
Chopin Preludium op 28-15 "Raindrop" played by Rafał Blechacz
I put this song dedicated to Ms.S in Texas of the US,
who loves it especially when played by Rafał Blechacz. 

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