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Jul 21, 2009

Devine Blechacz became Chopin- review on Blechacz's playing Chopin Concertos at Concertgebouw (Holland)

Review on Rafał Blechacz's Chopin concertos with RCO on July 2, 2009.

Jan, a Blechacz music lover in Holland found the review, sent me the link
with his English translation and picture of the newspaper.
According to Jan, the review was on the website of the greatest newspaper specially for Amsterdam:
"Het Parool".

I'm very pleased to have Jan's warm support and more than happy when reading this review.
Erik Voermans, the reviewer, describes Blechacz's play "like a God".

My sincere appreciation to Jan.

Het Parool website (Dutch)
Please enter "Blechacz" and the first article from the list is the relevant review.

Another review published by Dutch media.
Review by Trouw
Review by NRC.


Art, Friday July 3th 2009

Divinely playing Blechacz becomes Chopin

Klassiek Robeco Zomerconcerten.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conductor Jerzy Semkow. Soloist Rafał Blechacz (piano)
Works of Mozart Chopin. Heard: 2 July, Concertgebouw.

The Pole Rafał Blechacz was 20 years old when he won in 2005 at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw all the awards to be won. The jury found him so much better than the other competitors, that it was decided not to reward the second price. In the history of this highly rewarded  piano competition of every five years this was never the case, even not in 1975, when Blechacz’ compatriot Krystian Zimerman earned the first price. Zimerman was 19 years old at that time: every man may meet his match  (in Dutch: boss above boss)

The winner of this competition in Warsaw has a very good change for a splendid career. Like Zimerman, and also Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Bella Davidovich, Garrich Ohlsson and not so long ago Yundi Li. Don’t think about Dang Thai Son and Yakov Zak, from whom nobody heard anymore after their victory in Warsaw. In spite of not coming in the final and you can become world famous, like Ivo Pogorelich did.

Blechacz played already at important podiums, like in the Concertgebouw in the Serie Meesterpianisten in 2007. The year after he played for the first time with the best orchestra in the world, the RCO and yesterday he was a guest again.

The 80 years old Polish conductor Jerzy Semkow, an assistant to the great Mravinski in the fifties in Russia, made his debut with the RCO. This could be a record.
When you hear Jerzy Semkow in action you can conclude: man can also wait to long to make ones debut. But it was not about Semkow. It was about Blechacz, or if you wish the Polish character of the two piano concertos of Chopin in the program.
It may be even the question if Semkow had an additional value (let us not be too rude)
because Blechacz played like a God.

Those who attended Lang Lang playing  the second piano concert with the RCO some months earlier and now was confronted with Blechacz, can come to the only conclusion possible:
Lang Lang was playing he played Chopin, Blechacz became Chopin.

Technique, the outmost refinements in the touches, the incredibly virtuoso passage play, 
we do not even need to mention.
These speak for themselves.
It was all musicality.
His rubato, the soul of Chopin’s music, was absolutely unique.

It was a Chopin of an extraordinary beauty, in the Zomerconcerten between other things: the RCO played also Carmen at the Royal Dutch Opera during these days. */
We do not take in account the mismatch in the program: ouvertures from Mozart followed by a pianaoconcerto.

Erik Voermans

© Het Parool

*/note Jan: and made the recoding for DG

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