Oct 2, 2009
KlassikAkzente (Germany) posted a preview on Blechacz's new CD "Chopin The Piano Concertos" on Sept.30.
The essence of romance
...."Both concertos are closely associated with feelings that connected Frédéric Chopin with his first love Konstancja Gladkowska. For Rafał Blechacz this background plays a role especially when it comes to the implementation of the quiet second movements in the form of the lyrical works. They are the heart of the concertos and require just as much dedication from the pianist, as they offer creative freedom. The music must flow freely, and this requires above all being as intelligent as possible and at the same time intuitive use of the Rubatos, the precise, cliche-free use of the dynamic pathos, but also playing with the boundaries of the emotional charge of the musical text.. Rafał Blechacz seems to have command of this art; with the virtuosity governing the remaining movements with a security; only a few pianists succeeded with it before him, almost from the very foundation of their personality. And yet this is also the result of an intensive study that integrates many philosophical and spiritual facets of the pianist in the implementation of the concertos..."
"...The reviewer of the Zürich daily summed it up on the occasion of a live concert of the e-Moll concerto with following words (Sept.2006):
The fact was that Blechacz transformed the technical brilliance into an aesthetic quality that Chopin’s work represents with his almost glassy, crystalline sound, bringing the innovative kick – as a clever restorer of Chopin; image of salon and all deposits of decadence were deliberately removed..."
"...A stroke of luck for the piano world; a tremendous success has been already seen in advance. Because in Poland, where the album was released on September 18, it was already sold on the first day so rapidly that it can be a gold record presented to the artist. What a view of the Chopin Year 2010!"
Rafał Blechacz will play a recital @ Baden-Baden - Festspielhaus, Germany
playing Bach, Mozart, Szymanowsky and Chopin.
We sincerely hope that this will bring out another great success
and fabulous experience full of happiness for Rafał.
Festspielhaus program site
It says that after the recital, there is a discussion with the artist at the foyer.
Another site for the ticket
Baden-Baden - Festspielhaus
It will be followed by another recital @ Hamburg - Laeiszhalle, Germany
From Chopin 2010 website, CD release announcement.