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Feb 4, 2009

Charismatic critic crazy about Blechacz's Mozart

Review by Koho Uno, the influential music critic in Japan.
He is dubbed as the "charisma" critic in the classical music community.
Born in 1930, he began writing music critique in 1953.
Famous for his severe, highly critical reviews.

This review on Blechacz's Mozart k311 was carried in "Mostly Classic",
a monthly music magazine, March 2009 edition.
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Blechacz offers Mozart sonata brimmed with freshness and youth;
his strikingly delicate pianissimo standing out;


No other piano performance has surprised me recently more than this.
I’m talking about Mozart sonata performed by Rafał Blechacz, the winner of 2005 International Chopin Competition.
While listening, I was dazed.
What a skill! What a musician! Unbelievably clever and brilliant!

The CD contains three sonatas: Haydn’s sonata No.52, Beethoven’s sonata No.2
and Mozart sonata No.9, k311.
Blechacz plays this k311 immensely well.
He has a jaw-dropping, astonishing skill and no one can beat his beautiful sound and clever, exquisite fingerwork.
Even the accomplished, acclaimed piano masters around the world cannot be better than Blechacz.
The grains of sound are perfectly even. His fingers run across the keys with unrestricted technical perfection.
But he is never a "skilled but shoddy" type of pianist.
These days, I often encounter performers of awfully outstanding technique, whether it is about violin or piano.
But believe me. Blechacz is exceptionally excellent without equal in the world.

The unbeatable strength of Blechacz is the delicate pianissimo.
I would recommend, therefore, that you listen to his CD lowering the volume.
I promise. It is by far the better. Usually, I like to listen to the music with the possible highest volume.

The tempo of the first movement is comfortable allegro and exhilarating.
But his performance is never mechanical because he has an excellent musicality and sophisticated good taste.
The rhythm is superbly timed, never monotonous and improvised dynamics is refreshing.
His first movement intoxicates me with its rare beauty.

The beautiful pianissimo is also prevailing in the second movement.
Blechacz heals me by his monologue-like performance.
It is as if he is gently talking to small children, which let me guess that Mozart had the same message in his heart.

In the third movement, nostalgic sweetness creeps into the depth of my heart while he plays the movement in a very spirited manner.
What a pianist! So young and already the unrivaled good player of Mozart.
Listening to him, I have a kind of concern about his future.
What kind of path is he going to follow?


Uno's review on Blechacz's CD carried on Sankei Newspaper (Oct. 2008)

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