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Dec 6, 2009

The most beautiful Chopin by R. Blechacz (Holland)

Following review was sent to me by Jan in Holland who says,
"A contribution from Holland to all already good reviews" of Rafał Blechacz's new CD.
Jan found the article and put it into English.
Let me extend my deepest appreciation to him.





The CD of Rafał with the two piano concertos is reviewed and is among the best 10 of the latest Luister edition.

Luister.nl latest edition page (Dutch)

Translation of the text at the recommenation page::

This performance of both piano concertos of Chopin is not only one of the slow ones, but also one of the most beautiful.
The approach is quietly and pleasant in appearance and is also powerful and coherent in depth.



Translation of the full review in “Luister”
Performance: 5 stars (highest)     Registration: 4 stars

This performance of both pianoconcertos of Chopin is not only one of the slow ones, that I know, but also one of the most beautiful.
It is one of the slow ones in which the piece is not crumbled and where the conductor integrates the orchestra as an essential part of the composition.

Blechacz convinces also by his fascinating way of making the implicit polyphony so explicit without disturbing the balance between the inner and outer layers, giving all space to details on one side, with holding the grand movement lines on the other side.

The conductor and the soloist clearly opt for a friendly and modest approach.
The gentleness prevails at the moments the soloist is in silence and the orchestra can give full scope.

The presence of the public is totally inaudible in spite of “live recording” on the label: more over only a certain proof of impressive spontaneity betrays the audience.
The difference between the two concertos is minim.

More important: the approach is quietly and pleasant in appearance and is also powerful and coherent in depth, never crumbling in beauty.
Emanuel Overbeke

 On this page of Luister, you find the track of the edtion with the Raindrop Prelude with Rafał Blechacz.
(Rafał drew the attention of the editors already)

The description says:
"The Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, the convincing winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, took all of Chopin's Preludes for Deutsche Grammophon. His Chopin playing is praised for its elegance, refinement and poetic expressiveness".



Dutch reviews of Blechacz's live performance at Amsterdam Concertgebouw for the recording on July 2.
(1) (2) (3) (4)

       

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