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Nov 21, 2008

Review on Blechacz's CD "sonatas" (Denmark)

Rafał Blechacz: 'Piano Sonata of Haydn, Beethoven & Mozart'
reviewed by Jens Cornelius @ DR Forside (Danish site)

The Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz has many, many years to enjoy.
Although he is just 23 years old, he is a shrewd, poetic and brilliant soloist.
He emerged in 2005 when he became the first Pole since 1975 who won the great Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
Blechacz was so superb that the jury chose not to distribute any 2nd prize.

After his competitive victory, he recorded a single CD in Poland and then immediately had a contract with the international record label Deutsche Grammophon.
His first record for them was with Chopin Præludes and it gave Rafał Blechacz a gold plate after one day of sales in Poland - and platinum two weeks later.

On his new CD he plays completely different works.
Vienna Classical sonatas by Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart - there is no more classical than this one.

The three sonata are the works that Rafał Blechacz has played for years,
and he shows many interesting differences from and similarities to the major pianists.

For example. the sonata by the young Beethoven sonata was written when the old Haydn was Beethoven's teacher.
It is more virtuoso music than one might think,
but in Rafał Blechacz's view, the technically difficult passagess are not more impressive than the musical context.

Reason and clarity rather than bragging are characteristic of this CD,
as the English music magazine "The Gramophone" clearly calls Rafał Blechacz's CD the best so far.

Original article is here. (Danish)

(Blechacz performed Chopin concerto E minor with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra
on Aug.8, 2007.)

Another review by Jakub Puchalski (Polish).

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 Recital program for 2009 Japan Tour has been updated.

The current program
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in B-flat major K.570

Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A-major Op.2-2

Chopin: 4 mazurek Op.17

Chopin: Polonaise No.6 in A-flat major, Op.53 "Heroic"

Szymanowski: Variations in B-flat Minor for piano op.3

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