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Feb 6, 2012

A mini review of Blechacz's new album "Debussy Szymanowski (Germany)

From a review written by Michael Thumser who reviewed three albums recently released by Deutsche Grammophon, posted on Frankenpost on Feb. 6.

Original review on Frankenpost (German)

Following is a part for Rafał Blechacz's album "Debussy Szymanowski".

(Excerpt)
Powerful and Exquisite

.....To mediate between powerful and exquisite elements at the piano, Rafał Blechacz succeeds on the album in bridging the gap between Poland, the pianist’s home and France, and Claude Debussy and Szymanowski at the same time.

A major US critic imagined himself to be present at the "Birth of Titan", when he saw the artist live. But still more, Blechacz convinces with his stupendous playing of keyboard through his sublime empathy with each composer of each piece.  In Debussy – in which he interpreted "Pour le Piano", "Estampes" and "L'Isle Joyeuse" - he has the clarity of the classicists, thoughts of rousing joy of both Mozart and Prokofiev; in Szymanowski, (Prelude and Fugue in c sharp minor, Sonata in c minor, opus 8) who died in 1937, 21 years after the Frenchman, Blechacz has serious and thoughtful Bach, rumbling Busoni and Rachmaninov, passionate Franz Liszt.

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