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Mar 16, 2010

Comments to Philip Kennicott, Washington Post

Philip Kennicott, a writer of Washington Post specifies that he wrote a review of Blechacz's Washington DC recital on his blog as of March 1.

"The young Polish pianist is very much worth hearing. He came through Washington to make his local debut at the Kennedy Center this past weekend. I reviewed it for the Post. One of the things I most enjoyed was his courage to confront what I call Chopin’s “memory effect”:

There is a recurring trope in Chopin’s music that one might call the “memory effect.” Out of inwardness, darkness and anxiety a melody will emerge, simple, childlike, barely adorned, like a nursery rhyme remembered in the midst of a shipwreck. The power of these terrifying flashes of something sweet and uncorrupted embarrasses all too many pianists. Not Blechacz, who found primal innocence in the brief snatch of happiness around which Chopin builds the tempests of the Scherzo in B Minor, Op. 20. It was pure magic".

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↓ Two comments to the review by Philip Kennicott that I saw on The Classical Beat.
I have no complaints about what Kennicott wrote of the recital, but I would agree with the three points discussed below.

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"But no one came for Bach, Mozart or Debussy".

Thank you, but how do you know this?

I imagine that some listeners were – or would be -- as interested in Blechacz's interpretations of the somewhat ‘scattered’ thoughts and chromatic anguish of some late middle-period Mozart, late-period Haydn, and Beethoven (of several periods starting perhaps with Op. 13, if not before), as well as the scattered thoughts and chromatic anguish of Chopin.

Posted by: snaketime1 | March 1, 2010 2:17 PM |


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It would have been best if Mr. Kennicott had left his ego and patronizing attitude at home, and brushed up on what happened at the Chopin piano competitions and on the American TV since the sixties.

To all the readers who were not able to hear Mr. Blechacz's performance this time, I would say let's all hope the WPAS gets a bigger hall the next time he is in Washington and a grand piano that can take Mr. Blechacz's dynamic range without recoiling like a Civil War era cannon.

Posted by: voytekkas | March 1, 2010 10:40 PM | 

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