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Jan 3, 2009

Review on Blechacz's Saint-Saens concerto No.2

Review on Rafał Blechacz's performance of Saint-Saëns piano concerto No.2
with Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest on Aug.21, 2008
written by Marzenna Donajski, as of 12 October 2008
posted on "Poradnik Dla Polaków w Holandii" (Guide for the Poles in Holland)

I excavated this review a few days ago; the only review that I've seen so far about this particular concert.

First, Donajski briefly describes Blechacz's career, touching upon the Chopin competition, the contract with Deutsche Grammophon and says that this was Blechacz's third appearance in Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
The concert program on Aug.21 then followed.
Conductor Andris Nelsons;
Prélude à l'Après-midi d'un faune by C. Debussy,
the second piano concerto in G minor, op.22 by C. Saint-Saëns
and symphony VI "Pathétique" op. 74 by P. Tchaikovsky.

Then the reviewer commented upon Blechacz's performance approximately as follows:

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The pianist has performed Saint-Saëns concerto with unusual maturity.
He shot the hearts of the audience with his naturalness and freshness.
Masterly sense of composition and form.
He showed - in a balanced way - excellency, own technique and musicality of superior quality.

Rafał Blechacz is a pianist of exceptional imagination.
He has a very wide range of expressions and a lot to talk to the listeners.
His interpretation of the concerto always has had something interesting to be happening.
Excellent virtuosity never covered the value of lyrical work and merged with the perfect nobility and elegance of phrase.

This evening enchanted the audience of Amsterdam and provided them with many experiences.
We are convinced that what we see here is an outstanding pianistic personality, still very young,
but already at the beginning of a great artistic career.

I must admit that the conductor Andris Nelsons surprised me during the concert. He conducted C. Saint-Saëns, and P. Tchaikovsky symphony without notes - extraordinary memory he has.

Marzenna Donajski

Original review (Polish)


Amsterdam Concertgebouw (Courtesy Dana)

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Review on Blechacz's CD "sonatas" posted on Klassieke Zaken (Dutch site)
Reviewer: Frederike Berntsen

Original review (Dutch)
English (machine-translated)

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NPR, National Public Radio of US selected Blechacz's CD "sonatas" as one of the Best CDs of 2008.
Please see No.4 from the top.
The archive of the same site contains some data about Blechacz soon after the Chopin Competition. (searchable)

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