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Feb 7, 2012

Review of concert in Madrid, Blechacz played Beethoven #4

Review written by Gonzalo Alonso, posted on Beckmesser on Feb. 6,
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  at the first time (or tempo primo? I don't understand it.  Original Spanish is primer tiempo) of the concerto or just after the orchestral chord heavily marked by Josep Pons, rushing forward in the ever complicated opening phrase of piano that initiates the third (movement). There will be time to temper the blood because if there is no remedy it means he doesn’t have the blood of talent in the first place.
(I think it is a rhetorical expression peculiar to Spanish, meaning "he really has the blood=talent).


  1. 'Primer tiempo' is another way we have in Spanish to say 'first movement'.
    Congratulations on this blog!

    1. It's nice of you to help me understand it. Thank you very much!


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