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Dec 17, 2008

Blechacz "Saint-Saens v2.0" (a live reporting)

Blechacz "Saint-Saens v2.0" (a live reporting)In relation to Rafał Blechacz's Saint–Saëns piano concerto G moll op. 22
that he performed on Aug. 21 at Amsterdam Concertgebouw with Royal Concertgegouw Orchestra,
the following is what the reporter said at the end of Blechacz's SS
when broadcasting this concert live via Dutch Radio 4.

 "a performance of the second piano concerto of Saint-Saëns in G opus 22 with Rafał Blechacz
with the Royal Concertgebouworchestra conducted by Andris Nelsons.

Blood-coagulating (breathtaking) from time to time and very amusing sometimes.
The audience reacts really enthusiastically as you can hear.

A little boy I would hardly say: he is just 23 years old.
He enters the stage again and receives a big bunch of flowers.
He waves friendly to the audience ... thanks the orchestra...he climbs the stairs again*..
it would not surprise me when he comes again from the stairs with the conductor..
light, cheerful music this piano concerto of Saint-Saëns, ideal for a summer evening in Amsterdam Concertgebouw..."

"Rafał Blechacz returned again and he is going to sit at the piano for a

(And after the encore, the reporter says:)

"A small person this Rafał Blechacz is, but he is a great performer of the music of Frederic Chopin.
That's why he won all the rewards/ prizes at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw three years ago."

(* In Concertgebouw, the performer appears on the stage by coming down from the door at the balcony floor by stairs.)

I believe you can feel how it was a fantastic performance.
This segment was sent to me by Jan, a Dutch fan of Blechacz who attended the concert at Concertgebouw
and translated this segment from Dutch into English.
Thank you very very much Jan for the valuable input.

On that day, I was listening to this concert via Dutch Radio 4 live broadcast at home in Tokyo.
It started at 3:00 am (JST).
It was really an enthralling experience and I had my heart beating faster when I heard "A" - tuning by the orchestra at the beginning.
The reporter's voice as well as the performance still linger vividly in my memory.

"blood-coagulating" is an unusual but effective word to express the unusual beauty and joy of piano expressed by Blechacz.

Usual terms people often use to describe his piano are; pure, beautiful, profound, noble, magical, etc....
in addtion to words related to his exceptionally high technique.

Sometimes, however, I see some new kinds of adjectives used in reviews such as;

wild and sensual (de Volkskrant, Oct. 07 about Amsterdam recital)
sexy (Classical Voice, May 08 about San Francisco recital)
bold, masculine, devil-may-care (=carefree) style (NY Sun, Aug.08 about Salzburg festival)

--suggesting that Blechacz always changes the way he performs to show something new to audiences.

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