about the concert at Auditorio Nacional, Madrid on Feb.4
Original review (Spanish)
I'll pick up Blechacz related part only.
Potentiality of the youth
Works by Satie, Beethoven, Shin and Wagner. Rafal Blechacz, piano. Leticia Moreno, violin. Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España, Josep Pons, conductor.
Auditorio Nacional. Madrid, February 4.
The series "Paris 1900" has brought to the scene of the OCNE two artists of the same age, born in 1985, who already garnered great prestige.
Rafal Blechacz won the first prize in 2005 in the famous Warsaw Chopin Competition, also winning the special prizes for the best performances of mazurkas, polonaise, concerto and sonata. That means all the awards that were issued. Moreover, no second prize was awarded. Quite a record. In the following year he concluded an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and so has three albums so far, honored with such awards as German Echo Klassik, Diapason d'Or and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik.
He played in the National Auditorium the "fourth" Beethoven concerto and the important technical domain as well as his youth was denoted in its concept. It’s not bad that at age 26 he becomes too much impulsive and passionate, as happened in the first movement
(I think it is a rhetorical expression peculiar to Spanish, meaning "he really has the blood=talent).