Rafał Blechacz gave a recital at Amsterdam Concertgebouw on May 9.
It was his 2nd appearance in Meesterpianisten (Master Pianist series).
I'm pleased to report that Jan, a serious fan of Blechacz's music, found two reviews from Dutch papers and sent us them after translation.
I want to extend my sincere appreciation to him.
First is the review by NRC, the most prestigious newspaper in the Nehterlands, giving an insight into two young pianists performing for the Master Pianist series.
Eckartstein and Blechacz: young generation in Meesterpianisten.
Classic.Severin von Eckardstein, piano. May 7th Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven; also June 13th Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Rafał Blechacz, piano. May 9th Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
By Wenneke Savenije
They are opposite in many ways: the modest Severin von Eckardstein (1978) of a German noble family from Düsseldorf and the quicksilver Rafał Blechacz(1985), born in Nakło nad Noticą, a little village in Poland. Both are young, play the piano fantastically and earned important rewards in recent years. In the serie Meesterpianisten they maintain their positions in cogency amongst the honourable giants as Sokolov, Pollini and Zimermann. Von Eckardstein reminds to a romantic wanderer on “Wanderer on the misty Lake”, the famous painting of David Friedrich, where as Blechacz is more as frisky as a lamb: full of energy and potency, but not always fully in balance.
In Eindhoven Von Eckardstein showed his musical versatility in starting with the delicate performed Duportvariaties in D, KV 573 van Mozart, followed by a wave of severe pathetic in the intensely felt and balanced Etudes symphoniques op. 13 van Schumann. After the break Von Eckardstein skipped from the strange late romantics of Medtner to the perfumed symbolic of Skrjabin.
With strong accords and metaphysical ornaments he opened a cathedral of sounds with the Regard de l’ Eglise d’amour van Messiaen.
The brilliant Blechazc flew with the enthusiasm of a young dog through the polyphonic world of Bach’s Partita nr 1 in Bes and the subtle floating material of the Sonate in Bes, KV 570 of Mozart. At Debussy’s Pour le piano he wandered into the archaic world of the 17th century clavecinists and with an unprecedented velocity and musical nerve he landed via the French Romantic in the beautiful atmosphere of the sounds of Debussy. After the break Blechacz indulged in the works of Chopin. Skilfully changing from athletic virtuosity to poetic musicality.
He was a reincarnation of Chopin for a while.