Corriere della Sera (March 27) posts a review of Rafał Blechacz's recital @Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome, March 25.
Written by Luigi Bellingardi
Natural Sensitivity, Rafał Blechacz
After the affirmation in the last season, highly expected was the return of Rafał Blechacz to Santa Cecilia the other day, the unanimous winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the protagonist with a brilliant international career since then.
For the recital of dual aspect with Mozart, Debussy and Szymanowski in the first part the young Polish artist quickly showed the brilliant fingerwork on keyboard, of lightweight character sometimes playful in recreating gallant tone, the virtuosity that characterizes the Nine Variations on Arietta "Lison dormait" K.264 composed by Mozart at age of 20 during his stay in Paris. And in the subsequent execution of Debussy “L' Isle Joyeuse " Blechacz stunned by sumptuous sonority, the pronounced sense of color and timbre effects despite some over-acceleration in dynamic contrasts. With similar boldness the inventive pianist has dealt with the Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op.8 by Szymanowski, perhaps the least convincing sonata by the Polish composer of the early twentieth century not only because of monumental complexity and the abundant wealth of ideas and instrumental attitudes; actually the author was still in search of his own stylistic autonomy.
With all the different aspects the second part of the recital, devoted entirely to Chopin. And here's the talent, musicality “marcatissimo”, a spontaneous and immediate pianism, a mellow sound and well-stamped, performed with extreme naturalness by Rafał Blechacz, I literally sat up on the chair. And it has been an uninterrupted succession of emotions right from the anxious start of the Ballade in G minor, Op. 23. With extraordinary sensitivity the young pianist has revived the most fascinating characters of the two Polonaise op. 26, the four Mazurkas Op. 41, Ballade in F major op.38. Triumph of consensus at the end and two encores, of course, Chopin.