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Nov 24, 2009

Leading critics highly praise Blechacz (Japan) (1)

“Excellent CDs of Classical Music – Volume for Musicians” was published on November 20 in Japan.
One hundred musicians – conductors, pianists and string instrumentalists have been selected as excellent,
and Rafał Blechacz has been included in the list of master pianists.


This is a revision of the original edition issued in 2000, written by three influential music critics in Japan:

Koho Uno (Mr. Big in music critics’ circles)
Takeshi Nakano (Producer, former executive of Kenwood Corporation)
Akiyasu Fukushima (leading critic of younger generation)

The excellent pianists that they have selected are:
Alfred Cortot, Elly Ney, Wilhelm Backhaus, Arthur Rubinstein, Clara Haskil, Wilhelm Kempff, Claudio Arrau, Vladimir Horowitz, Lili Kraus, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels, Dinu Lipatti, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Alfred Brendel, Glenn Gould, Eric Heidsieck, Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini, Murray Perahia, Mitsuko Uchida, Cyprien Katsaris, Krystian Zimerman, Mikhail Pletnev, Jean-Marc Luisada, Ivo Pogorelic, Fazil Say, Evgeny Kissin, and Rafał Blechacz.

In the revised book, the red colored pianists are newly added (or exactly speaking, they replaced other pianists.
For example, Samson François was removed from the latest book.)


The three critics have different value and sensitivity, and voice their opinions on the recordings of the selected artists without mincing words.
It is “exciting” to read ruthless critical opinions given to “established masters”
and I was impressed by their views on Blechacz.
All speak highly of Blechacz, they didn’t find any fault with his recordings;
their views are quite similar to those of myself and others in general public who purely love Blechacz’s playing.


I would like to find time to introduce their views on Blehcacz’s recordings.
Koho Uno wrote about Blechacz’s Sonata k.311 by Mozart twice.
They were published on Sankei Newspaper (National daily) last year and "Mostly Classic" (music monthly) earlier this year.
What Uno wrote in the latest book is more or less the same.


  

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