Review of Rafał Blechacz's new album by Jowita Dziedzic-Golec, posted on charaktery.eu.
Never following a shortcut
The victory in Warsaw Chopin Competition in 2005 opened him the doors of the great halls and has ensured a contract with Deutsche Grammophon. All the artists dream of such a contract but even those few who obtained this honor, cannot always properly manage their career with the label.
Rafał Blechacz doesn’t have even the least trouble about this. He understands that the recording for DG is his duties. His subsequent albums confirmed that he is an extremely matured artist. He doesn’t follow a shortcut or deliver an album “under the general public.” The repertoire he decides is from compositions selected in a deep thought.
Even if - as in the latest album – they are less known, difficult, and above all recording of them does not guarantee an easy applause of the mass. Blechacz compiled Debussy with Szymanowski, who - as is known - was inspired by the music of the French composer.
From works for piano solo by the creator of “Peleas y Melisande”
Rafał chose these compositions: "Pour le Piano", "Estampes" and "L'Isle Joyeuse". Especially "Estampes", the first of the fundamental cycles of piano, presents all the essential elements of the composer's style and it is like a hallmark of Debussy. The Polish pianist obtained the “card” with a superb agility and commitment at the same time.
He interpreted Szymanowski also magnificently, "Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor" and "Sonata in C minor, Op. 8 ", proving once again, as a seasoned artist. The artist who can extract from the compositions – and for him technique apparently dominates the expression – this: what is the noblest and the most valuable. Blechacz is not only a great virtuoso, whose technique causes sensation, he is also, perhaps above all, an outstanding interpreter. His performances are filled with the spirit of the work. He never misuses the statements that speak the voices of dead composers, their intentions and thoughts. 'He would more readily agree to produce counterfeit money, than to write three bars of music without the firm conviction of their reason "- said a friend of Claude Debussy, Raymond Bonheur. I am convinced that likewise Rafał Blechacz never sits at the piano without deep conviction about the right approach to composition that he wants to record. The new release is the proof of this.