BBC Music Magazine has included a review on Blechacz's CD Debussy Szymanowski in its CD review page (issue No. to be clarified), written by Christopher Dingle.
This is exceptional playing
This is breathtaking. Rafał Blechacz approaches Debussy in much the same way as he plays Chopin’s Preludes. There is never any doubt that there is a personality shaping the music and he has no fear about following his interpretative instinct on the day the microphones happen to be capturing it for posterity. It’s no surprise that Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli is among Blechacz’s heroes.
Whether this appeals or appals (?appalls) can be judged from the opening moments of the “Prelude” from Pour le piano. Fasten seatbelts, for Blechacz tears into the first few bars, then screeches to a halt to place the first bass notes, before moving through the gears, still periodically tapping the brakes when another important chord comes into view. And yet, there is nothing erratic about this – Blechacz is firmly in control throughout this dazzling and absorbing pianistic discourse. “Pagodes”, the opening piece of Estampes, has atmospherically veiled colours, while Blechacz has no difficulty controlling the weather in an exhilarating “Jardins sous la pluie”. All this is captured in sound that is excellent for CD.
The pairing with Szymanowski is effective, though it might be more telling if these pieces were interspersed with the Debussy. Blechacz is a compelling advocate, by turns introverted and impassioned, building the unresolved climaxes to searing effect. This is exceptional playing. Blechacz paints with the keyboard without sacrificing any clarity. If only he had allowed a little more air, some space to admire the music whizzing past.
by Christopher Dingle
**I like this part; "There is never any doubt that there is a personality shaping the music and he has no fear about following his interpretative instinct on the day the microphones happen to be capturing it for posterity".
BBC Radio 3 "Breakfast" on March 20 selected Debussy's Toccata from Pour le piano played by Blechacz at 5th place, for its SPECIALIST CLASSICAL CHART; this piece shooting up by 7 places from last week.
You can hear the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast for seven days.
Toccata by Blechacz begins at 1:49:00.
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