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Jan 4, 2009

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

A review on Blechacz's CD "sonatas" posted on BTNO, Norwegian site as of Nov.12, 2008.
Reviewed by Peter Larsen

A pianist, we can expect of something big

He is only 23 years old, but already an international name.
Rafał Blechacz became known in 2005 when he won the Chopin Competition - as the first Pole in 30 years.

With Krystian Zimermann as his predecessor, expectations are tensely high.
But Blechacz obviously would not have to remain in the Chopin-base.
In the three years since then, both in recordings and in concerts,
he has demonstrated that he covers the whole range of central repertoire
from Schumann and Liszt to Szymanowski and Debussy.

And now he also publishes a disc with music from the last decades of the 1700s,
three Sonatas by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, three exquisite pieces of Viennese classicals
- that he plays with fabulous technique and secure sense of form.

The rapid movements of Mozart's youthful D Major Sonata (K. 311)
sound in this version significantly faster than usual,
without the virtuoso runs and trills being blurry because of that.
Technical surplus and clear glass artifacts also characterize his interpretations of Haydn's last sonata and Beethoven's second.

It is a pianist that we're allowed to expect something big.

Original review (Norwegian)


Another review on the CD by "Ruch Muzyczny" (Polish) (Thank you Dana for the info.)
↑English (machine-translated)

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