From my archive, a photo of Rafał Blechacz during his recital at Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastián, on August 27, 2010.
|Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastián, on August 27, 2010|
"...he transforms everything into art, in a speech built on a unique sonority that also combines logic and passion...his posture at the piano looked like an extension of the piano itself. He made everything work in the service of music....the incredible maturity of the pianist who was able to talk to you one on one with a highly technical and thematic Szymanowski..... ‘L'isle joyeuse (The Island of Pleasure)’ by Debussy was fresh, appropriate in style and extremely convincing.."
(From a review of recital at Teatro Victoria Eugenia.)
Blechacz will return to Spain to perform recitals at such venues as Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid on March 22 this year; the recital at Auditorio Madrid is for the first time since May, 2007.
I looked for a review of the 2007 concert but couldn't find one.
Instead, this is a review on his performance of the second piano concerto by Saint-Saëns at L'auditori de Barcelona on November 14, 2008.
Original review (Spanish), published by "Scherzo" December 2008 edition, from Pere Porta Concerts website.
A path to the glory
by Javier Pérez Senz
Maturity in music does not always depend on age. In fact, some performers do not even reach maturity by the end of their lives. So the case of the young Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz (Naklo, 1985) is very special. Jumping to fame in 2005 when he won with only 20 years, the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and since then, he doesn't stop, recording two albums from Deutsche Grammophon and the best concert halls in the world have been competing for obtaining him.
It is true that each year younger pianists with overwhelming virtuosity appear and the technique of Blechacz is indeed phenomenal, but what makes a difference between him and other rising stars is his mature expression, rare for a musician of 23 years of age .
He has amply demonstrated it in his debut for the season of OBC (Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya), playing a sensational version of the Concerto No. 2 by Saint-Saëns. Without vanity or eccentricities, Blechacz made full of luminosity and sonorous beauty the most famous of the five concertos by the French composer, the work with much pianistic science hidden under the jovial cape of dazzling virtuosity. In his version, of the overwhelming precision and clarity, he avoided the sentimentalism to brighten the vital impulse and the jovial character of the concerto which contains quite a few reminiscences of the best of Mendelssohn. The accompaniment of Victor Pablo Pérez was a model.
As an encore he presented a Chopin’s Mazurka expressed with exquisite poetic nuances and fair atmosphere.
A sensational pianist, who, if things don’t twist him, will follow a path to the glory.
|Scherzo, November 2007|
(The final short paragraph in the original review is a comment on the orchestral works: Gerhard and Brahms and I'm skipping it.)