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Jul 15, 2012

Two reviews on Blechacz's album Debussy Szymanowski (Japan)

These reviews were published months ago in March.
SORRY for the delay..I've been lazy.
(excuse:  I was very much overwhelmed by the huge amount of reviews from Europe in Feb.-April  and lost energy after that.  It's a testimony to the fact this CD has been enthusiastically and highly acclaimed in Europe just after its launch.)

*****

Rafał Blechacz’s disc, released in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth, Debussy: Pour le piano, Estampes, L'Isle joyeuse and Karol Szymanowski: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, Sonata in C minor, Op.8.

His Debussy with penetrating sound, floating texture, picturesque sense of color and poetic interpretation; the disc will surely enthrall many listeners. He then amply demonstrates the pianism full of inspirations by pairing with pieces by his compatriot composer Karol Szymanwoski he truly adores. The tranquil, serene and introverted expression by Blechacz manifests itself in the noble fragrance that pervades the whole title. His interpretation is distinguishing in that he lets fresh air drifting over each work as if it has just been written right now. The pronounced rhythm of Debussy’s works, the way to let the main subject sing and the sound of Szymanowski, mysterious or even sensual, resound in your heart. The extraordinary beauty of 'clair de lune' that he recorded especially considerate of the disaster in Japan is so beautiful that it should sanctify your soul. Through the sound, Blechacz’s pure and single-minded personality is surely felt to the point of tears.
(by Yoshiko Ikuma, for Ongaku-no-tomo, April 2012)

Courtesy Prague Spring, May 25, 2012











Rafał Blechacz, the winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition. Born in 1985, won the highest prize at the 2003 Hamamatsu Piano Competition with Alexander Kobrin, drawing high expectations to his potentiality from early on. I remember talking with his teacher who said that he used to be very interested in Debussy’s music when he was her student. The pieces of Debussy coupled with Szymanowski’s works are included in his 4th album for DG. How lively his interpretation is! In playing Debussy, rather than cherishing vague delineation of sounds, he brilliantly rolls out crystalline sounds and colors, giving dazzling luster. In Szymanowski, a wealth of sounds is heard clear and he intelligently structures the work of such a huge scale. The disc allows us to enjoy rich poetry and outpourings of delicate sensitivity.
(by Kyoko Michishita, for Monthly Chopin, April 2012)



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