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May 3, 2009

Review on Blechacz's Saint-Saens @La Coruna(2) posted a review on the concert by Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
at the Opera House of La Coruña on May 1, 2009,
which includes Rafał Blechacz's concerto No.2 by Saint-Saëns.

It was the last concert of the season at the Opera.


Original review (Spanish)

The Pianist

In the film "The Pianist" directed by Polanski, a Polish artist played for his life before the German officer.
Those who saw the film will never forget the scene.

Another Polish artist-in another time and other circumstances-
caught one thousand seven hundred people in the Opera House in La Coruña.

Blechacz is also Polish, also young (twenty-four years) and thin.
Here he did not have to save his life before the audience (collective, in this case),
but he also won their heart.

After the concerto of Saint-Saëns, he received one of the most important acclamations
heard in town given to those many geniuses of the keyboard who had visited before.

Prodigious technique, expressiveness, absolute cleanliness, equal touch, light, dynamic and agogics ...
For his age, he has surprising maturity and absolute ease of playing,
like those greatest masters without apparent effort.

Compared to the greatest masters, he also has another quality, modesty:
before each of his encores he requested a permission from the concertmaster, Spadano-absent, Víctor Pablo (conductor), to play them.

These were the Scherzo of Sonata No. 2, Beethoven and Prelude opus 28 No 4 Chopin,
which renewed the thundering applause and shouts.

(comments on other works by the orchestra follow.)

Blechacz sometimes talks about the film "The Pianist" in interviews.
An example (in 2004)

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