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Mar 27, 2011

Review of Rafał Blechacz's recital @Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid

A review written by José Luis Pérez de Arteaga, posted on la Razón, on March 26.

see original review on la Razón (Spanish)


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Ciclo de Grandes Intérpretes (Cycle of the Great Pianists)

Madrid is a home territory for the great pianists: Elisabeth Leonskaja has just performed and Lang Lang has completed a tour in March for five performances that included recitals, chamber music and a concerto with orchestra. Joining this junction now is the Polish Rafał Blechacz, a young artist of 26 years old, the winner of the 2005 Warsaw Chopin competition, and virtually unknown in this place, but his record company, Deutsche Grammophon, would insist on setting a signing on discs at the end of the concert where almost all attendees came asking: "Raphael, what?".

Blechacz is, like many virtuosos of the present time, a born "digitologist", with a sort of octopus fingers able to give all the notes of any score, or even twice, if necessary. His musicality and concentration in a genuine program "totum revolutum (total revolution)" were not very high in the first part of the session, with the artist determined to gain as much time as possible by avoiding greetings and connecting a piece to another (was he expected to be a dinner party?). His "Variations in C major" by Mozart were neat, his exciting reading of "L'Isle joyeuse" by Debussy constituted a “digitologic” display and almost the same occurred to less busy “Sonata No. 1" by his compatriot Szymanowski, although in the latter the job done by Blechacz developed in the finale, with the imposing fugue and the majestic conclusion.

Then came Chopin ...
In the second part, immersed in a repertoire that is much more appropriate for him, the music of Chopin, the young performer was shining at various times, at the unusual height, making understandable his awards, his recording contracts and his ascending international career. And the very introductory bars of the "Ballade No. 1 in G minor" indicated that we had crossed another door, and perhaps the greatest moment of the night came in the formidable translation of "Polonaise No. 2"; in the central section of the anthology the artist opened the chest of poetics. The two encores, the "Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op Posthumous by the same Chopin, and the Scherzo of the" Sonata in A major, Op 2 / 2 "by Beethoven, revalidated the height conquered in the second half. Thus Blechacz made his presentation with merits and demerits: he is very young and can say a lot, we must not lose sight of him.

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