Prague Spring Festival website
Review of the concert by Svatava Barančicová, posted on Opera Plus (Czech)
The author praises that Blechacz played accurate, brilliant, perfect and flawlessly.
You can see several pictures of the concert.
"There was a big applause in Prague after Rafał finished. The audience was totally taken by Rafał and the orchestra too and the conductor, Antoni Wit, too! He gave two encores in return for such a great admiration."
|Courtesy Prague Spring Festival|
The review from the link above gives a strange comparison between this Beethoven's concerto No.4 and the other two Beethoven's concertos (No.1 and 3) played by Andsnes a few days before in Rundolfinum, Prague. I think it is a sort of orange-apple comparison and doesn't make sense whatsoever. Different pieces with different orchestral size and formation played in a different concert hall : in case of Andsnes, the pianist himself directs Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which is for his three-year project to record all the five concertos by Beethoven with the same chamber orchestra in Rundolfinum.
(To avoid any misunderstanding, Andsnes is the pianist that I respect and occasionally follow activities apart from Blechacz).
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