Rafał Blechacz gave a recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw on May 9.
It was his 2nd appearance in Meesterpianisten (Master Pianist series).
This is the second review that Jan sent to us, the review by De Telegraaf, the largest daily newspaper based on Amsterdam.
Milliards of thanks to Jan!!
Fresh play of Polish Master on hand
Five years ago he won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Since then Rafał Blechacz played in many important concert halls and made several CD for Deutsche Grammophon. This Sunday evening the young talent was guest in the serie Meesterpianisten for the second time.
Pianostudents, listening to Blechacz in the Grote Zaal of the Concertgebouw could be desperate. Only 24 years old and so excellent. The pianist has no technical limitations and his performance on stage is simpatico and admirable. As a good listener you are wishing some more warmth and nuance. In Mozart’s Sonata in Bes (KV 570) he hold the reins firm. In the adagio he gave more freedom provoking immediately elastic lines and a profound experience of the apparent simply to interpret melodies. In Pour le piano van Debussy the imperturbable approach of Blechacz was sometimes replaced by a range of loosely painted colours and turns. If there was Bach in the piano season in Amsterdam there was a partita. We heard already the 6th and the second partita. Blechacz performed nr. 1.
No matter which partita you choose, they are all miracles of beauty. Blechacz interpretation was joyful in a good way, manifested in swift tempo’s, only the natural silence between Bach’s notes was somewhat obstructed. The Polish pianist played freshly, with strong accents and extraordinary feeling for voicing. This jewel of piano literature needs just a little more experience of life.
The handful of works of Chopin sounded with deep-felt phrasing. The Ballade nr. 3 was somewhat untouchable, where as an attractive passion characterised the pure interpretation of the Polonaise-Fantasie in As of Blechacz.
Character, intelligence and a crystal clear touch: that is Rafał Blechacz capability.
by Frederike Berntsen