An enthralling review of Rafał Blechacz's recital in NY, Oct. 10, written by Geraldine Freedman for the Daily Gazette.
"Brilliant young pianist opens Union chamber festival"
Within a few bars of Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor (1835) after intermission, ....his gifts shown and his interpretation was like a poet’s dream: romance, drama, mystery, sighs of longing, playfulness.
The fiercely difficult finale, which was like child’s play for him, was extraordinary in its fire. The audience leaped to its feet. But he had Chopin’s two Polonaises from his Op. 26 to further thrill them.
He continued to amaze in Szymanowski’s complex and hugely virtuosic Sonata No. 1 in C minor (1905). The four movements are very beautiful but it was like scaling the heights in hugely rugged terrain : massive and non-stop technical demands, emotionally dramatic highs and lows, and no chance to take a breath. Blechacz endured and triumphed.