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Jun 18, 2010

Review of Rafał Blechacz recital @Salle Pleyel

Review of Rafał Blechacz's recital at Salle Pleyel on June 14, written by Jean-Baptiste de La Taille.

Original review (French)

Rafał Blechacz
An exciting recital

With the advent of Rafał Blechacz, this season Piano **** Salle Pleyel was closed. The winner of the famous Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2005 (also with four special prizes), thirty years after his compatriot Krystian Zimerman, the pianist since then has made a solid international career.

Almost exactly, his program was like the one he gave last year at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: Bach, Mozart (the same sonata!), Intermission, Chopin.

Bach first of all, the first Partita for keyboard, where he approaches with much confidence, but we regret the lack of respiration, tempos a bit rushed and the right hand that could be more melodious.

Changing of universe with the Mozart Sonata K 570, he also played without trailing, with high integrity, which gives freshness, playfulness of the first and third movements, melancholy of the central Adagio.

Rafał Blechacz closed the first part of this program with French music, in this case the triptych Pour le piano by Claude Debussy. A great variety in the touch, the ability to be expressive, not purely digital (including the Toccata), without abusing the pedal, calling all the praises.

The anniversary requires that there is a bouquet of pieces by Chopin, which was in the second part of this concert. Blechacz was as if navigating in a familiar terrain: besides the first prize at the Chopin Competition, he has notably already recorded for Deutsche Grammophon Preludes and two concertos. Setting aside a bit faster interpretation of the Barcarolle, it is of the great art, both in the construction of the first Scherzo and in the nobleness of dances, of some Mazurkas and the famous Polonaise "Heroic." The pianist makes a moderate use of rubato, the pleasure of playing is evident, and he knows how to be majestic without being heavy in playing the last work. Many in the public enthusiastically ask for more, and obtain two encores from the Polish pianist, Chopin again, a Nocturne and a movement from the Sonata op. 2 No. 2 by Beethoven.
(End of the review)


I received a “reporting” of the recital at Salle Pleyel from Marine, Rafał’s fan in France. She was not able to go to the recital this time but heard from her piano teacher and a friend (also pianist!), who went to the concert on her behalf. Actually her friend liked the recital, especially he loved Bach, saying "he has a beautiful sound under his fingers" and Chopin’s Nocturne cis moll.
Sincerely hope that Marine will have another opportunity to attend Rafał’s concert in the near future.

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