Review by Klaus Stübler on Halterner Zeitung
It describes how Evgeny Kissin's withdrawal threw the situation at the concerthall into a confusion, but Rafał Blechacz rescued the show.
(.....) The first-class with Chopin: And came Chopin where the shy Polish pianist showed his entire class, ...."
Another review by Martin Schrahn on derwesten.de
titled, "Pianist Blechacz, the savior of the Piano Festival in an emergency"
"(.....) Blessing from a mishap: The Pole Rafał Blechacz, the outstanding winner of the 2005 Warsaw Chopin Competition, proves to be the savior in an emergency. And his performance is rewarded with abundant applause.
(.....) As for Blechacz, things are slightly different (from several young pianists who became known by replacing a master pianist). The Chopin Prize has helped him earn early fame, he is not unknown for a long time, and he is at the Piano Festival for the fourth time. Anyone who has heard the 28-year-old more often will recognize that his performance is gaining in maturity. The 7th Sonata by Beethoven represents this idea. Blechacz interprets it in Essen Philharmonie with furious gesture, on the other hand as a subtle sound designer.
(.....) Blechacz, however, appears deeply rooted in Chopin’s sound world. The pianist avoids all the salon ways, denied himself any gimmick with delayed tempos. Instead, we hear the great drama. The composer's musical reflection on Polish sufferings. A Nocturne acts like a bad dream under Blechacz’s hands. The "Military Polonaise" seems a stinging challenge, the three Mazurkas Op. 63 sway between dark whispers and heroic gestures. And from the sparkling virtuosity of the third scherzo, relevant melancholy mood shimmers".
** These reviews describe Evgeny Kissin's condition;
"he had to withdraw from the recital two days before due to his injured finger(s)".
I sincerely wish that Mr. Kissin is getting better soon!
↓ This is a copy from a comment by lotus-eater about an audience member at the recital in Essen. (added on July 11)
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