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May 3, 2009

Review on Blechacz's Saint-Saens @ La Coruna(1)

El País, the biggest daily newspaper in Spain posted a review on its website
on the concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia on May 1, 2009
at the Opera House in La Coruña,
which includes Rafał Blechacz's performance of piano concerto No.2 by Saint-Saëns.

Original review (Spanish)

Debut by Rafał Blechacz in La Coruña -extraordinary Polish pianist

by JULIÁN CARRILLO


Looks like a high school student premiering the first tuxedo for his appearance on New Year Eve.
He is called Rafał Blechacz, born in 1985.
In 2005 he won the Chopin Competition; Polish as Chopin
and on Friday he let the audience drop their jaws in the Opera House in Coruña.

And do not doubt it: he will be the star of piano of the 21st century..
By his impeccable piano technique, his musicality,
which will be able to further grow and mature.

He will. Because he is hungry for music:
when finishing the essay of the Concerto No. 2 Saint-Saëns, he remained at the piano, studying.
(comparison to a diligent student who continues to study even after the essay or exam.)

And above all, his blessed hunger is united with the great modesty:
while the audience broke La Coruña with clapping hands and shouting bravos,
Blechacz requested permission from the concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
to give two encores. Yes please let the boy play.



(comment on other performances by the orchestra follows.)

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