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Nov 13, 2009

Review on Blechacz's "sonatas" (Singapore)

Today, I saw a review on Rafał Blechacz's album "sonatas - haydn, beethoven, mozart" which was carried on "The Straits Times", the highest selling newspaper in Singapore (estimated readership is 1.23 million in 2008), as of November 9, 2009 and posted on the website of the reviewer: Dr Chang Tou Liang today.
From 2004 to 2008 he was the Artistic Director of the Singapore International Piano Festival. He has also been the classical music reviewer of The Straits Times since 1997.
Link to the article.

Beautiful description and I'll paste it here.

"This is the second CD recording on the “Yellow Label” by young Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, winner of the 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition. Its three classical sonatas prove that he is more than just a Chopin-player, but a musician of interpretive insight and finesse.

Rarely has Haydn’s Sonata No.52 in E flat major sounded so ahead of its time; its grand majestic opening chords, air of contemplation in the slow movement and hectic finale all look ahead to Beethoven. Conversely, Beethoven’s youthful Sonata in A major (Op.2 No.2) is possessed with a spirit and vivacity that recalls Haydn. There is little to separate late Haydn and early Beethoven, it seems. This superb recital concludes with Mozart’s Sonata in D major (K.311) of 1777, ironically the earliest work of the three, where its symphonic pretensions and digital virtuosity predate both the Haydn and Beethoven. Blechacz is one name truly worth following".

But is this album the latest one available in Singapre? Are there any other countries like this where the beautiful Chopin Concertos by Blechacz cannot be bought yet?

If his latest album "Chopin The Piano Concertos" is not released in your country yet, all the tracks are available from Deutsche Grammophon web shop.
You need to register with the DG site for the shopping but the instruction for the process should appear in your local language (please select your country from pull down menu).

You MUST listen to it.

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