A fragment of a review of Rafał Blechacz’s recital in Rome on March 25,written by Mario Dal Bello, posted on Città Nuova (April 15).
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Original article from Città Nuova
It's always a surprise to have a pianist identified in the music executing in a way to transport the public out of time with him. It happens with Rafał Blechacz, 26, Polish. As already in a prestigious career, he maintains the charm, or love, of what he interprets. He performed seven songs: Nine Variations of young Mozart k. 264, L'Isle Joyeuse by Debussy, Sonata No 1 by Szymanowski. But his real masterpiece is Chopin. Needless to say, the beauty of Ballade No 1, two Polonaises, Op. 26, Four Mazurkas Op. 41 and Ballade No. 2. Those who have listened to him once will not stop at the memories of folk dancing, but will find some sentimental variety, the impetus of Slavic fire (fuoco) with which he can understand the lyrical Chopin. The summit was an encore of Nocturne summing up the evening with an impalpable poetry.