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Dec 23, 2011

Review of Rafał Blechacz playing Chopin at Salle Pleyel (2)

Another review of the concert at Salle Pleyel, Paris, on November 11, when Rafał Blechacz played Chopin's concerto in F minor with Sinfonia Varsovia directed by Grzegorz Nowak.

Original review on
by Michel Le Naour

Again I'll post the part related to Chopin's concerto only.

At the head of the Sinfonia Varsovia (the group that he often directs), Nowak showed authority when conducting the Concert Overture by Szymanowski with accuracy, flame and impulsiveness, giving to the score written by the young composer heavily influenced by Richard Strauss all its own lyrical and passionate dimension.

The same spirit is manifested in the accompaniment of the Concerto No. 2 by Chopin, beautifully defended by the lofty and noble performance of Rafał Blechacz who, since his victory in the Competition in Warsaw in 2005, has refined the purified style of restrained lyricism close to that of Zimerman.

His encores are in the same vein: Polonaise “Heroic” implacable of vehemence and of rhythmic sense, and Mazurka in A minor op. 17 No. 4, subtle and of contained emotion. Of the great art!

Generalprobe @Salle Pleyel, Nov.11
Courtesy Piotr Iwicki

**france musique will broadcast this concert on January 11, 2012 14:00-15:56
france musique program (see Jan. 11)

Karol Szymanowski
Ouverture de concert opus 12
Frédéric Chopin
Concerto pour piano n° 2
Rafal Blechacz, piano
Félix Mendelssohn
Symphonie n° 4 "Italienne"
Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra
Direction : Grzegorz Nowak
Frédéric Chopin
Polonaise "Héroique" opus 53
Bis n°1
Rafal Blechacz, piano
Frédéric Chopin
Mazurka opus 17 n°4
Bis n°2
Rafal Blechacz, piano


  1. Wonderful! *__*
    Dear Akiko, many thanks for the work you do for everyone that loves Rafal's music.
    I wish you Happy Holidays and a greeeeat New Year.
    Bye! :-)

  2. Dear Maria Pia, thank you very much for your warm words, which is the best reward and energy for me to keep on this website.
    Wonderful holiday to you. All the best for the new year!


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