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Feb 15, 2012

Review of Blechacz new album Debussy Szymanowski (France)

written by Carl Fisher, posted on classiquenews.com on Feb. 14. 


(Excerpt)
The winner of the 15th Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2005, Rafał Blechacz (born June 30, 1985) continues his impressive odyssey, with Deutsche Grammophon (already released three previous albums before this one, mostly dedicated, in line with its prize in 2005, Chopin). This is a journey without fault, highlighting the musical maturity of the artist and especially the accuracy of his artistic intuition.

The young Polish pianist takes new paths of traverse, facing as he says himself this "Impressionism", liquid, transparent, colored by Debussy, and the expressionism, more secretive and enigmatic by his compatriot Karol Szymanowski, born 20 years after Debussy in 1882. Troubling chronological order of Pour le Piano by the French (created for Ricardo Viñes) and Sonata in C minor by young Szymanowski, two works around 1903-1904 with an ardent fever. Besides L'Isle Joyeuse was also dated ... 1904: the young interpreter shows how the concept of color and timbre prevails in Debussy; the master impressionist has variations and mixed shades, which are changing, or even vibrant; with sanguine and nervous palpation, his play transmits this wild and naive characters as well as nervous fluidity, which is "impressionistic" and especially impressive. The performance of Debussy allows the pianist to pay tribute also to the models that nurture his own playing: obviously Arturo Benedetti-Michelangeli (who played in Hamburg Debussy precisely in a memorable recital in the fall of 1984), Gieseking and Alfred Cortot ...

Inner worlds, enchanted worlds
About the expressionist Szymanowski's, Rafał Blechacz is committed to revealing the same flamboyant activity, in the Sonata of youth already mentioned and the Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, so close to Chopin (the beginning of the second movement of Sonata), Beethoven and Scriabin . And the following movement in this Sonata, Tempo di Minuetto, recalls this tender fascination for historicist references: Szymanowski is indulged in languorous and intoxicated pause, which also releases the perfume of a mysterious nostalgia, formulated with a digital, pearled tact as an old and antique eclogue, as also his elder Debussy loved.

Indeed, this care for the miniature means especially in Claude, in Estampes: where the presence of exotic, Eastern and Iberian evocation is precise, where all the art of suggestion is expanding and captive under the fingers of the pianist. His involvement is total: a supple and sometimes violent intensity. A race to the abyss of the soul and plays.

We note a beautiful and yet more secret sensitivity in the Prelude of the architecture engraved with the fugue of four voices, replaying the refined counterpoints of Bach. Szymanowski develops a kind of rambling which is worring but striking by his conciseness and inner clarity: all the contribution of Rafał Blechacz is: gifted with eloquence, he can also tell us thousands of ardent fires in a play, never trivial or frivolous. Of the great pianism.
(End of excerpt)

This article also introduces two recitals that Blechacz will give this year in France.

March 9
@Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon

June 12
@Salle Pleyel, Paris


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Today Japanese version of CD Debussy Szymanowski was released, with the bonus track "Clair de lune" by Debussy and Blechacz's dedication to the audience.

Universal Music Japan website

If you are interested in the Japanese CD with Clair de lune, you can buy it from:
cdJapan
HMV Japan


**This bonus track is available in other countries via on-line down loading selling.
Example of fnac, France.


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Blechacz's interview for German WDR3, which was broadcast on Feb. 15, is made available via podcast. (Interview in English + German translation voice-over.)
WDR 3








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