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Sep 17, 2010

Review of Rafał Blechacz's concert with Valery Gergiev in Moscow, 2006

From my archive,
Review article of the concert at Moscow Conservatoire on May 7, 2006 when Rafał Blechacz played Chopin’s concerto in E minor under the baton of Valery Gergiev.

Original article of Ruch Muzyczny (Polish)

Rafał Blechacz at the Moscow Easter Festival
by Anna Gozdan-Ołdak

Muscovites had another opportunity to hear the performance of Rafał Blechacz on May 7. This time with the orchestra, under the framework of presentations by outstanding representatives of the younger generation at the Fifth Moscow Easter Festival. Like the first performance (Feb. 8, 2006) the concert took place at the Conservatoire, but in rank and fame it exceeded far and away the recital in February, which is reported in the fifth issue.

The fifth festival coincided with the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Dmitrii Shostakovich, which was reflected in the choice of program. Retrospective of selected works of the composer was the final of international project of compositions - Valery Gergiev, he presented the composer's achievements in major music capitals of the world: New York, London, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Rome, Los Angeles and St. Petersburg.

(.....In the festival there were three piano concertos;
Concerto in G major, Op. 55 by Prokofiev. Soloist:  Alexander Toradze,
Bartok Concerto II played on May 8, by Yefim Bronfman.)


The day before - May 7 - Rafał Blechacz performed Concerto in E minor by Chopin. Accompanying the pianist, the orchestra stood on the height of the job and the conductor’s unique sensitivity to all the nuances made it possible that full understanding reigned among musicians, each of ideas – both soloist’s and conductor’s - found an immediate response from their partners. We have witnessed the unique spiritual agreement among many people, centered only on seemingly abstract sounds.

In his playing, Rafał Blechacz impressed with fresh ideas, daring to show the depth of his interior - an individual perspective of this well-known music. We have heard mature Allegro maestoso, thoughtful Romance and Rondo full of fantasy.  There seemed to be most valuable release from shaped solid layers of adulthood and sublimation of youthful freedom, sometimes uncontrollable, which the pianist himself is not fully aware of yet.

It was a very enjoyable performance. There is no doubt that Moscow has hosted Rafał Blechacz not the last time even though there are a lot of great halls and festivals in front of him, where they would like to hear and admire him.

(....Description of other soloists of violin, chamber music, etc …..)

The momentum with which the festival is organized, the number of works performed and the recognition that the invited artists are given, determines its rank. It is so delightful that Rafał Blechacz had the opportunity to perform in the framework of such an important event arousing greater interest in the public from year to year. In their memory, the performance by the young Polish pianist is certain to remain for long. It’s now time to enthrall the audience in Moscow with repertoire outside of the competition!





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