This is a review written by Corina Kolbe on the concert of Rafał Blechacz and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, at Berliner Philharmonie, on March 6.
Original review on giornaledellamusica.it (Italian)
Blechacz with a Mozartian Beethoven
Piano: Rafał Blechacz
The pianist Rafał Blechacz and the Tonhalle-Orchester in Berlin Philharmonic
This time on the podium of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich stood a very young director but by no means unknown. Lionel Bringuier, who from 2014/2015 season will lead the Swiss orchestra, has replaced the current principal conductor David Zinman in this tour, due to his flu. The Frenchman has skillfully led the musicians in the initial overture "Le Carnaval romain" by Berlioz, creating with them an elegant, light and lively sound.
Then the piano soloist was equally young Polish Rafał Blechacz, the winner of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2005. In the second concerto for piano and orchestra by early Beethoven, still strongly influenced by Mozart and Viennese Classicism, Blechacz with great sensitivity renders the cantabile nature of the passage, always in tune with the orchestra. Although Beethoven leaves in other concertos more room for virtuosity of the soloist, Blechacz is able to demonstrate his remarkable technical ability playing changes and embellishments, for example of the Adagio. As an encore, Chopin's waltz in A minor Op.34 No.2, a graceful piece that let you see in Blechacz once again affinity with the composer.
Follows the first symphony of Brahms, with explicit references to Beethoven's Ninth and interpreted by the musicians with emotion and spirit. A formidable performance that brings the beauty in the profound bottom of the human soul. Warm applause, and the first Hungarian Dance by Brahms was offered as a final encore.
by Corina Kolbe
Read Corina Kolbe's writing about Blechacz:
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