Review of Rafał Blechacz's playing Chopin Concerto in E minor with ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Corelium Meister) at Konzerthaus in Vienna on December 10,
posted on Die Presse.
original review (German)
Ovation for Rafał Blechacz in Konzerthaus
12.13.2010 | 18:19 | (Die Presse)
The brilliant pianist – from ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra in Vienna under Cornelius Meister little inspiring accompaniment - with Chopin. Five years ago, Rafał Blechac dominated the prestigious Warsaw Competition.
Five years ago, Rafał Blechacz, then just 20 years old, dominated the prestigious Warsaw Competition. Numerous successful debuts in Europe and the United States, and three equally acclaimed CD recordings followed - including the one of the two Chopin piano concertos, which is classified under international criticism of the best recordings of these pieces. Blechacz presented the first concerto at the Konzerthaus. With his interpretation that connects the highest virtuosity with natural feeling, he confirmed all the world that his early praise was anticipatory.
With this interpretation the young Pole doesn’t need to be afraid of competition not only in his age group. He also knows brilliantly of the art of rubato that is generally less mastered. Disappointing was the bulky start, not only in the final movement, that too little attention was paid to the intentions of the incoming soloist , accompanied by the ORF RSO of Vienna under its new Principal Conductor Cornelius Meister. Exactly from him as a qualified pianist one would have expected much more flexibility and fine nerve….
(from here is a comment on orchestral works.)