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Dec 17, 2009

Blechacz' sound like a 3-D film (review, Germany)

Review written by Werner Fritsch who has listed CDs recently released by five prominent European pianists
including Rafał Blechacz.
Fritsch gave Blechacz the highest evaluation.
I picked up Blechacz's part only.
The review was posted on several German sites on December 16.

Original review (German)



Farewell to the priesthood
Spontaneous, emotional, masterly:
Five young pianists to show where the piano art has arrived today




Already an all-round perfect pianist at 24 years old: Rafał Blechacz,
who has recorded two Chopin concertos.


by Werner Fritsch

Previously everything was better. Really? At least this opinion circulated among many classical music lovers when it comes to the art of piano playing. Martin Stadtfeld (29) protested against constant comparisons with older stars such as Martha Argerich and Maurizio Pollini lately or even with long-dead piano heroes like Svjatoslaw Richter and Wilhelm Kempff.

And rightly so. Because young pianists play differently from previous generations. With all individual differences they have in common: freer and freer emotional playing - the high priesthood of the music is alien to them.

However, there is no linear progress: Admittedly recordings of young pianists often sound fresher and more immediate than their predecessors. Technically, however, not all have grown by no means like the legendary piano stars such as Martha Argerich and Emil Gilels.

Three young Chinese pianists have recently caused a stir: Lang Lang, Yundi Li and Yuja Wang stand for the Eastern Piano miracle. Apart from them, however, a generation of young piano artists from Europe distinguishes itself. We present five outstanding young artists who are currently on the market with interesting albums.


Martin Stadtfeld:(.....)
Der junge Beethoven. Sony Classical. ★★★★☆


Rafał Blechacz:
As a first pole since Krystian Zimerman in 1975, Rafał Blechacz (24), four years ago won the Warsaw Chopin Competition.
And he has the stuff to be a piano superstar.
His third CD is devoted to the two Chopin piano concertos – he was about the same age when he composed the Concertos of virtuoso.
Blechacz has everything on it, what distinguishes this music.

His sonically supremely fine, technically crystal-clear playing is so transparent in the rhythmical overlapping layers that it seems like a 3-D shooting in the context of two-dimensional film works.

Perfectly accompanied by the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Jerzy Semkow, Blechacz with his wonderfully freely shaped interpretation of beautiful agogics has catapulted himself in the pianistic Olympus.

Rafał Blechacz:

Chopin. The piano Concertos. Deutsche Grammophon ★★★★★

Mihaela Ursuleasa:(.....)
Piano & Forte. Edel Classics. ★★★★☆

Nikolai Tokarev:(.....)
Romantische Klavierkonzerte, Sony Classics. ★★★☆☆

Dina Ugorskaja:(.....)
G. F. Händel. Suites für Piano, Avi-Music, BR-Klassik. ★★★★☆
    

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