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Jul 11, 2010

Arizona Republic praises Blechacz's "sonatas"

Richard Nilsen of The Arizona Republic posted his review "Latest classical CDs delight, disappoint -Pianists A-1 but maestro falls short", picking up two delight from pianists and one disappoint from conductor.
The first one is Rafal Blechacz's CD "sonatas - haydn, mozart, beethoven".
The review is dated July 11, 2010.
Please don't ask me why now. He writes all about good things.


Original article

(Excerpt)
Recent classical music CDs include two surprising treasures and one surprising disappointment.
'Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven Sonatas'
Rafal Blechacz, piano

(DG)
The young Polish pianist, who swept all five first-place awards at the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, has already proved he's one of the best current Chopin players with his first CD release of the Preludes.
Now, he shows us he has the chops for Classical-era music as well, with this breathtaking performance of Haydn's Sonata No. 52 in E-flat, the early Beethoven Sonata No. 2 in A and Mozart's witty Sonata in D, K.311.
Rafal Blechacz (pronounced, roughly, Bluh-HAHSH, with a little of that challah-bread throat at the beginning of the second syllable) plays the music like he believes in it: He's not afraid of a fortissimo or a pianissimo, can shift sonority in midphrase, characterizes each melody as if it were a distinct personality and has never learned that the pedal was a mistaken addition to the instrument.
Like some of the great pianists of the past he has an orchestral palette of sonorities, not the monotonous tone of an Andras Schiff or a Richard Goode. This is colorful playing, although never distractingly so. He makes all three composers sound joyful and playful, and allows them their slight nose-tweaking at the staid listener.
Blechacz is one of the few pianists -- like his great predecessor Wilhelm Kempff - who can make his performances feel both intelligently thought-out and spontaneous at the same time.
(End of Blechacz's part)


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