From Debussy, Blechacz selected three pieces from "Pour le piano", "Espampes", "L'Isle joyeuse" and "Clair de lune", and from Szymanowski, "Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor" and "Sonata No.1 in C minor, opus 8".
Also I suppose Blechacz selected the classical and romantic sonata produced during Szymanowski's earlier period rather than more characteristic and original work of the composer such as Metopes and Masques to let listeners appreciate merit of its own. This objective has been fully satisfied by his performance of quality musicality.
He demonstrates his excellent performance that people expect of him for Debussy, brilliant, meticulously paying attention to the smallest detail. Especially the way he expresses the image full of sensitivity in playing "Pagodes" and "Soirée dans Grenad" is fabulous.
For "Clair de lune", the final piece, Blechacz offers dedication which reads;
"This performance of Debussy's Clair de lune is specially dedicated to my audiences in Japan as a sign of my heartfelt solidarity and compassion in the face of the natural disaster that struck your country in March 2011 and its tragic consequences. - Rafał Blechacz"
Hamada's review on "Chopin Complete Preludes (2007)"
**This review was the article of this artist that I translated into English for the first time in '07, starting point of writing this website.
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