A review of the recital by Rafał Blechacz in Duisburg for Klavier-Festival Ruhr (Ruhr Piano Festival )on June 6,
posted on RP online.
Original review on RP online
World-class pianist played in Duisburg
Duisburg (RP). Now we know why at the Warsaw Chopin Competition 2005, 1985-born Rafał Blechacz was awarded the first prize, and no second prize was awarded, to emphasize the distance. In the Ruhr Piano Festival, the young Pole now filled the Mercatorhalle. His program was a wise walk-through of music history, in four stations each lasting about 25 minutes. Let's forget about the predominantly hasty smoothed Partita No. 3 in A minor BWV 827 (1731) by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Of course, here emerged two really artistic virtues of Rafał Blechacz: his unobtrusive, outstanding playing technique and his reliable transparency. The Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op 10 No. 3 (1796-98) by Ludwig van Beethoven worked very convincingly at all levels. Here possibly missing was a bit of life experience to explore the depth of this music. After the break, the world-class pianist was completely in his musical world. The "Suite bergamasque" (1890) by Claude Debussy who was born 150 years ago, he held it skillfully in the balance between colored weightlessness and clear grip.
To the music of his compatriot Karol Szymanowski, Rafał Blechacz has a special affinity. Here he gave a strong final appeal for that moving Sonata No. 1 in C minor, Op 8 (1905) in which Szymanowski brought together his models Frédéric Chopin and Alexander Scriabin very personally. That was the climax of the Piano Festival.