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Apr 18, 2009

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

Review on Rafał Blechacz's CD "sonatas" written by Eric Traver
posted on qobuz.com as of Feb.26, 2009

Original review (French)

The young pianist Rafał Blechacz arises as worthy successor to Krystian Zimerman.
By his first album released by DG, Rafał Blechacz delivered us Chopin Preludes which was not necessarily exciting:
not because he was an excellent winner of the Chopin Competition in 2005,
as evidenced by a disc Dux,
but because he inevitably added one more recording to the plethoric discography (=the disc recorded by many players).

The Polish pianist and publisher have had the good idea of proposing here a much more personal program.


One might have feard a "repositioning of the image" of the musician by revealing his secret garden.

Because Blechacz, becoming famous thanks to the attractive decoration of Chopinistic piano,
succeeded in these three sonatas of Viennese classicals - a success making us recall that of Krystian Zimerman,
Polish previous winner of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1975, recording Mozart's sonatas for DG afterward.

Blechacz, in fact, gives us a good lesson:
the latest Haydn,the first Beethoven and even the young Mozart had been lost
by being played by those pianists with limited ability.


They were, in their time, great explorers of instrumental possibilities,
and for Mozart and Beethoven, great virtuosos.

To be appreciated and also to be played in the spirit of presiding over their creation,
they need to have the instrumental mastery that Rafal Blechacz can evidently deal with.

Under his fingering which is precise and inventive at the same time,
the sonatas by Haydn and Beethoven, contemporary composers,
rediscovered the radiance, brilliance, virtuoso fantasy
that get them closer to the literary romanticism of the time,
these confusing, labyrinthine pages, signed by Jean Paul and E. T. A Hoffmann.

The finals, in particular, gain a presence rarely achieved
whether it is by a crazy speed assumed (Presto of Sonata in E flat by Haydn),
or by changes in climate which are modulations of the sonorous field
(Rondo from Sonata by Beethoven, here at the turning point of pre-schumannist. (pre-schumanniennes)

Sonata in D by Mozart, composed in 1777, almost twenty years before the other two,
and thus closer to the grace of Goethe than to antics (bouffonneries) of Hoffmann,
suffers a little more of this treatment, and sometimes seems austere, even steeper in his lyrical slow movement.

People like in any case his Mozart than overflown Mozart:
in times of full ventrues where sometimes the quantity replaces the quality,
this well-chosen program is the rare pearl.



qobuz.com site introducing Blehcacz for incoming concerto at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on May 14.
English (machine-translated)

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