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Oct 20, 2008

Review on Blechacz's new CD (Germany)

A short review written by Reuter's correspondent Christa Sigg on Blechacz's new CD "sonatas-haydn, mozart, beethoven".

Original article is here. (German)

Captivating clarity: Rafał Blechacz plays Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
Chopin always makes itself good with pianists. And for a Pole like Rafal Bechacz hearing the music of his compatriot has been a compulsory program naturally.
Therefore, the first CD of the 23-year old Chopin competition winner was pre-determined - and a convincing debut.

With his second CD, the introverted musician now gets into the supreme class of music and plays an exquisite mixture of matured Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven.

What is the most attractive is Blechacz's open and clear performance --the clarity in every phase of these three sonatas.
Doing exactly what the score suggests is quite a hurdle, but with his technique, he can do it precisely.
For example, the relatively weak entry to the Beethoven sonata op. 2 No.s 2. is something special but attractive.
Blechacz doesn't favor contrasts of roaring sound but exposes the structures with very much subtler means.

With Haydn's E-flat major sonata Hob XVI, No. 52, Blechacz succeeds the best with that.
Only Mozart D-Dur-Sonate KV 311 is not his world completely, even if his performance is captivating with the finest attack nuances.


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On Oct.19, ECHO Klassik Gala 2008 was held in Munich.

Blechacz received the Best Instrumentalist of the Year (Piano).
He did not appear in the televised award ceremony ECHO Klassk Gala (ZDF, Germany).

ECHO Klassik 2008 site is here.

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Reminder
 Blechacz's performances are available on line this week and onward.

Oct.22 @ 14:00 pm (Belgium local time.)
Camille Saint-Saëns : pianoconcert No.2 with RCO
↑The program was suddenly changed on Oct.22 without prior notice.

Oct 24 , 12:00 Noon ET - Fri, Nov 7, 12:00 Noon (EST)
Chopin concerto No.2 with NYP

Oct. 27 11 a.m. (Mountain dailight time: 6 hours behind UTC)
Mozart: Sonata in D Major, K. 311 @Gilmore International Keyboard Festival held in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Dec.15 11 a.m. (Mountain dailight time: 6 hours behind UTC)
Chopin Preludes op-28 (excerpts) ditto.

* In U.S., Chopin with NYP is also aired on radio programs.
Please consult your local radio station program.

October 22, 8:00 PWWFM Mercer County Comm. College, New Jersey (EST)
October 23, 8:00P WFMT Chicago (Chicago local time)

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