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Mar 1, 2010

Review of Blechacz CD Chopin Concerti (US)

Review of Rafal Blechacz's CD "Chopin The Piano Concertos"
written by by Jacob Stockinger, former editor of The Capital Times newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin
posted on "The Well Tempered Ear" on March 1.

Please read the review by Jacob Stockinger

Jacob Stockinger points out two remarkable things about the CD:

"In the playing I particularly like the clarity of the playing and Blechacz’ clear left hand. This is Chopin at his strongest and most structural, not just a dreamy Romantic composer but a hard-headed classicist who is expressing strong emotions in a restrained way. (It makes me think of Emily Dickinson’s line: “After great pain, a formal feeling comes.”) There is much beauty here, but it is natural and direct – not mannered".

"And I find the engineering outstanding. You hear the various parts clearly and convincingly as they dialogue back and forth. Bach and Mozart represented Chopin;s ideals. Chopin knew and loved voice-like lyricism combined with counterpoint, right from the beginning".

And he strongly recommends the CD.

My previous posting of Jacob Stockinger and his website "The Well Tempered Ear".

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