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Nov 18, 2008

UK Critic admires Blechacz @ Royal Festival Hall

ClassicalSource.com, a U.K.site for music info/reviews
posted a review on Blechacz's Chopin Concerto E minor
performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra directed by Charles Dutoit at Royal Festival Hall on Nov.11, 2008.

Colin Anderson, the reviewer spends a majority of the space
to admire Blechacz's "rich and lucid tone" and interpretation.


"The Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, 50 years Dutoit’s junior,
is already on his second release for Deutsche Grammophon (sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven – 477 7453).

His wasn’t a particularly ‘native’ performance (coming more into his own in the Mazurka encore)
of his countryman's concerto
but he impressed on several counts

– the rich and lucid tone produced from the Steinway;
his Romantic and malleable approach that never threatened the line of the music;
an unexaggerated (not rubato-ridden) traversal that allowed the music to fall into reverie without sounding affected;

and there was no lack of unforced fire, either.


The first movement’s majesty was well-judged,
allowing ease and impetuosity to seam admirable foils within the grand design;

and if the slow movement was a little too spacious (and purple-prose), and the finale too fleet (something more pesante was needed),

there was much to admire in Blechacz’s honed and easeful technique always at the service of a mindfully conceived interpretation,

one that can only deepen further and,
hopefully, conjure some quieter dynamics
and be more accommodating of Chopin’s (often-underestimated) orchestral writing,
here vividly revealed by the Philharmonia and Dutoit".


Original article is here.

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