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Apr 21, 2012

CD review by Thueringer- allgemeine (Germany)

Review of Blechacz's Debussy Szymanowski, written by Anne Zeuner, posted on Thueringer- allgemeine.de.

Original Review

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Piano works: Blechacz interprets Debussy and Szymanowski

Pianistic brilliance can be heard when Rafał Blechacz sits down at his instrument. So also can be heard in his most recent recording - pieces by Claude Debussy (1862-1918) and Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) on "Piano works".


The pianist himself wanted to show with the selection a contrast between impressionism and expressionism. And he succeeds in this with his intimate style of play.

Blechacz can translate Debussy’s colors into tone, into sound that is unique. He creates moving moments. Silence. Suddenly the quietness blooms, standing up into a warren of polyphony to enter into a completely new rhythm. All of a sudden triad appears, splashing around, until a whole new atmosphere is created. A new color results. With all the skills of fingers, which the pianist proves, he doesn’t lose the delicacy from the eyes, the dream, which constitutes the essence of Debussy's music.

Each piece develops its own unique atmosphere, which Blechacz works out in a unique way. Here, the interpreter has selected Debussy's two short cycles: "Pour le Piano" and "Estampes". In the play of the young Pole, a nearly sublime attitude can be heard in the sounds of music. In "L'Isle de Joyeuse," he completely immersed again into the world of Debussy's iridescent colors. Here he also proves intuitive sense for tempos.

Music of Karol Szymanowski bears significantly expressionistic character. Blechacz plays "Prelude and Fugue" in C sharp minor and the "Sonata" in C minor. The sound language of this music is filled with emotions. One hears longing, esprit, inspiration. Especially in the early originated Minuet in C minor sonata, one hears optimism. It is a positive work. The entire piece carries in itself something colossal. It has the typical shape of a Beethoven sonata, but is implemented by means of expressionist, which Blechacz works out wonderfully.

The flow of playing never breaks off, is full of nuances, while at the same time organically revealed by the pianist. Blechacz‘s playing is, because of his age, often youthful and somewhat stormy, yet it never lacks necessary sensitivity. This recording is converted into sound poetry. Music of dreaming. Absolutely worthy of listening to.
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