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Mar 31, 2012

Klara's 10 selection (Belgium)

Music editors of Radio Klara, Belgium, selected Klara's top 10 CDs of this week.
Rafał Blechacz's Debussy Szymanowski is selected first, given five stars.

Click "Lees Meer" and you can read the review written by Bart Tijstens.
He writes,
"This is without doubt one of the CDs of the year!"

Klara 10 page (Dutch)
English by google translate.

Klara's 10 will be broadcast on March 31 @13:00.

This is without doubt one of the CDs of the year!

On his previous three CDs for Deutsche Grammophon the young Polish pianist Rafal Blechacz played works of Frederic Chopin and the three great Viennese classical masters: Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart. That experience is an excellent step to him for this new recording containing music of Claude Debussy and the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. For Blechacz, according to the CD booklet, Debussy is an impressionist who has borrowed his structural virtues from Classicism and then continued to work out to translate it into the language of musical modernism.

The Debussy of Blechacz is downright impressive. The Prelude and Toccata from "Pour le piano" sound powerful, brilliant and vivid. What a technique, what a piano sound, what a wonderful, sparkling touch! The middle part, the Sarabande, gets an elegant, noble and serious approach. And the next work, "Estampes", seems even more astounding run: Pagodas bathed in wondrous Oriental (gamelan!) sounds, and "La Soiree dans Grenade" Blechacz shows sovereign mastery in making colors and controlling volumes.

From Blechacz’s compatriot Karol Szymanowski, two of more accessible works follow: the Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, and the first piano sonata op.8, the least played of the three of this composer. Blechacz seems also in this emotionally charged and expressionist music (in which also traces of Bach and Chopin emerge) to be excellent and feel at home. With a strong combination of youthful enthusiasm and a great poetic sensitivity he brings unity, tension, and again a stunning technical mastery (the double fugue in the finale) in this sonata.

Bart Tijskens

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