Universal Music Italia reports that the Gramophone's Recording of the month (May 2012) went to Rafał Blechacz's Debussy Szymanowski.
Universal Music Italia
THE CD OF RAFAŁ BLECHACZ DEDICATED TO “DEBUSSY AND SZYMANOWSKI” IS "RECORDING OF THE MONTH" OF GRAMOPHONE
With a review of two full pages, the prestigious Gramophone Magazine elects the new CD by Rafał Blechacz dedicated to Debussy and Szymanowski "Recording of the Month" in the May issue.
A great proof of esteem which, through the detailed comments by the critic Jeremy Nicholas, underlines the maturity of the young Polish interpreter who jumped to the top of the international concert scene after winning the Chopin Competition in 2005.
In "Pour le Piano" by Debussy, Blechacz "... has little inclination to bathe the passagework in an impressionistic haze, as many players do, choosing to emphasise the virtuosity of the writing and reminding us how much Debussy learnt from Liszt.". In "Estampes" he appreciates "the warm sensuality - especially in" La Soirée dans Grenade ", preferable to the chilly objectivity of Michelangeli, paradoxically one of Blechacz’s idols, while "L'isle Joyeuse" leads us, quietly, naturally, into the sound world of Szymanowski.".
And just in "Sonata no.1”, rich in influences by Chopin and Strauss, where Blechacz surprises once again by the ability to dissect the complex structure; " Szymanowski’s music has never courted popularity and it needs a pianist of Blechacz’s high profile and stylistic authority to bring it to the forefront, to play it in concert and to establish it as part of the repertoire "
The critique concludes with an appreciation to Deutsche Grammophon,
" full marks to DG for backing its young star."