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Aug 17, 2010

Review of Rafał Blechacz's concert with Tugan Sokhiev in Toulouse, 2007

From my archive
Review of Rafał Blechacz's playing concerto in E minor by Chopin
with National de Capitole de Toulouse
Directed by Tugan Sokhiev
on October 13, 2007 at Halle aux grains, Toulouse

written by Alexandre Pham

Original review (French) from

Young pianist of 22 years ( born June 30, 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland ), distinguished in Warsaw at the Chopin Competition in which he won first prize in October 2005, Rafał Blechacz affirmed himself at every concert and every his recital, as "the " new interpreter of Chopin. The contest had well distinguished in their times the glowing eloquency of Martha Argerich and of Krystian Zimermann ( Competition 1975, the last Polish pianist before Rafał Blechacz to win the prestigious trophy) . His subtle, detached, particularly articulated playing stresses what Chopin’s writing borrows from the legato of Bellini, but also specific contribution of the performer, its climate related to childhood, to murmur, to dream, to withdrawal and the onirism. These are all qualities that the young pianist can cultivate with the grace that is natural, sober, singing, marking the spirit and the ear by his gentleness and his “amazing" style.  In the pianist's touch, without reservation and without false assignment, the intensity of the inner song was heard, melancholic and engaged in action at the same time.

Warsaw, Feb.22, 2010

After his first recital in France at La Roque d'Antheron, Rafał Blechacz gave his first concerto with orchestra in a hall in Toulouse. In the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Frederic Chopin, Tugan Sokhiev and Rafał Blechacz made up a dream duo: the chef listens to the solo instrument, balances the relationship between soloist and orchestra, deploying a powerful springboard for the young pianist, encompassing and making dialogue at the same time.  To the virile, remarkably sharp and balanced chef, responded the soft and natural sensitivity of the young pianist.

His approach to Polonaise, Mazurkas, Concerto No. 1 has yielded many other distinctions revealing his affinity with Chopin. His playing of the sonatas has even been awarded the Prize by Krystian Zimerman, who is one of the models for young Rafał Blechacz .
The magician duo Sokhiev / Blechacz appears after Toulouse in Germany, with the same program, from Essen to Stuttgart**.

And in Paris , we are still waiting in early 2008 ( January 27 at the Châtelet*** . Mozart and Chopin recital , followed by Narbonne, January 28 : Mozart , Debussy, Szymanowski , Chopin ...). When on the disk the young prodigy enters now in the stable Deutsche Grammophon, in January 2008 with a recital devoted to the 24 Preludes ... Chopin!

 Toulouse. Halle aux grains, Saturday, October 13, 2007 . Hector Berlioz Opening Corsair. Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Opus 27. Rafał Blechacz, piano . Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse  Direction : Tugan Sokhiev.

October 16th,2007 at 20.00, Essen, Philharmonic
October 17th,2007 at 20.00, Duesseldorf, Tonhalle
October 22nd,2007 at 20.00, Cologne, Philharmonic
October 23rd,2007 at 20.00, Frankfurt, Alte Oper
October 26th,2007 at 20.00, Stuttgart, Liederhalle

Read the review of Blechacz's recital at the Châtelet, Paris, January 27, 2008

This article of Gazeta Pomorska on Aug. 18 suggests that there is a possibility that Blechacz plays at church in Mrocza, Nakło, in December this year (still under pre-arrangement).

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