Review of Rafał Blechacz playing Chopin's concerto No.2 with Wiener Symphoniker, posted on Main Post on June 28.
Original review (German)
Blechacz at the Kissingen Summer: A living Chopin
Rafał Blechacz at the Vienna Classical Soiree
(First two paragraphs related to Blechacz's performance)
Pianist Rafał Blechacz and Conductor Philippe Auguin quickly responded to distant Vuvuzela sound and a pushy siren, that penetrated at the end of the dearly beautifully played Chopin Larghettos in the concert hall. Instead of letting the melancholy pianissimo linger, they immediately began with the spirited Allegro-Vivace finale. the Vienna Classical Soiree had the Vienna Symphony Orchestra invited to Kissinger Sommer (Kissingen summer festival). Nestled in one of the “Leonore" overtures and Beethoven's 7th symphony, they presented Frédéric Chopin’s second piano concerto in F-minor. Soloist was the winner of the Chopin Competition in 2005, Rafał Blechacz.
The Viennese orchestra accompanied much routinely the 25-year old Polish pianist. One would have wished passages from the orchestra a little more passionate with a little less volume. Blechacz played calmly with varied and pleasant attack. He dominated the virtuoso sound cascades and the lyrical solo passages and convinced above all in the middle movement, the Larghetto. There he became Chopin, his countryman, carried off expressively or accelerated the sparkling piano runs and exuded youthful melancholy masterly. Blechacz rewarded the enthusiastic applause with Chopin’s Mazurka in A flat major, Nr. 31. (op.50-2)
(Description of Beethoven’s Leonore and the 7th symphony.)