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May 3, 2009

How young Spanish saw Blechacz's recital (Spain)

Review written by Jaime Arroyo Moya, young Spanish man with an extended musical knowledge,
on Rafał Blechacz's recital in Barcelona on April 28, 2009.

Born in Madrid on March 20, 1982, Moya has worked for several publications including daily "ABC", magazines and website.
He has worked in an attempt to spread music among the young, as manager of the "Mozart Foundation."
Also, since three years ago, is in charge of the section of classical-jazz music as expert on classical music in fnac.es



Original review is here. (Spanish)


Wednesday April 29 2009
Rafał Blechacz : Youthfulness by the Polish piano
When Blechacz entered last night at the stage of Palau's amazing modernism
by Domènech i Montaner (=name of architect),
it seemed as if a delegate of class or an excellent student had entered.

At the age of 24, Rafał Blechacz has reclaimed the place that Chopin deserves today with the way of interpretation.
Example is the superb CD that he signed with DG.
Blechacz has come to be a current Krystian Zimerman,
as being the triumphant winner of the prestigious Chopin Prize in Warsaw, two years ago.

The young pianist began with Johann Sebastian Bach's Italian Concerto in F major.
The twenties, despite his apparent fragility, practiced the magic with his impetuous way of fingering,
reminding me of Gould in 1950's with such clarity, precision and speed that (Gould) would show off.
The deep and meditative Andante gave path to Presto combining enjoyable and devilish keys.

Sonata no 17, Mozart, defined the chameleonic nature of the prodigious youth
by the way of understanding the Salzburg school,
getting into a multitude of notes with the dizzying speed.

And still less time was left for the arrival of the best of the evening: Szymanowski and Chopin.

Szymanowski, recovered more and better by the erudite voices of conductors such as Antoni Wit and Simon Rattle,
has now encountered his compatriot as a perfect partner for the piano.
The yellow label, which the artist has signed with, should take this into account for future works.

Despite the difficult parts in terms of expression and keys, the tireless speed by Blechacz had no brakes.
As if possessed by something, the naturalness and lightness of phrasing were flowing.





While my right ear received two unnecessary environmental sounds,
a candy that was opened and a cough from uncontrollable dimensions,
Blechacz kept focused on action and fascinated in so much good music.

Variations, of Szymanowski, were emerging as a spring morning
despite the music with complexity of interpretation and fervent development.


He didn't disappoint us with Chopin, which was reserved for the end of this second part.
His synchronized hands seemed to recollect original life in the dancer's interconnection.

We were trapped by the aura of the Nocturnes, and delighted by the possibilities of the piano
and his attack on the Mazurkas
with his regulator to capriciously intensify or lessen the actions.

After cleaning the keyboard, the Heroic Polonaise was detailed and intensified by Rafał Blechacz.
Sympathetic encores as the gesture of gratitude to the pianistic value at zenith.


by Jaime Arroyo Moya

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