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Oct 24, 2013

Voices of admiration on his album "Polonaises" (Japan, continued)

Sometimes an album which didn't leave a strong impression at first listening could make an appealing on the second run.  Rafał Blechzc's "Polonaises" emerged in this manner. For me the sound of this album is a little different from my image of typical DG's piano. The recording engineer is Rainer Maillard whom I privately believe belongs to the "acoustic faction" of DG's engineers. Richly involving acoustics of the performance space, the sound of the instrument is bright, unconstrained, full of unique charm. The high level of clearness and transparency of the sound matches up to today's requirement.  It's fascinating and for me this is the best disc of this month.
(Kazuo Kanzaki for "Record Geijutsu (=art, music), November 2013, on the page of "Excellent recording sound")

The interpretation is ideal, well balanced in intellect, emotion and volition.
(Tadashi Isoyama, musicologist, Professor, Kunitachi College of Music)

Last month, Takaakira Aosawa, a sought-after music journalist, authored a book "30 Pianists of Today - Arias and Variations" in which, based on his exposure to interpretations by many pianists and journalistic activities including interviews, he selected 30 distinguished pianists since 1960's.  Rafał Blechacz is one of the 30 pianists.

Selected pianists are: Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bruno Rigutto, Valery Afanassiev, Radu Lupu, Mitsuko Uchida, Murray Perahia, Peter Serkin, Krysteian Zimerman, Zhu Xiao-Mei, Mikhail Pletnev, Kazune Shimizu, Ivo Pogorelich, Piotr Anderszewski, Leif Ove Andsnes, Alexandre Tharaud, Peter Jablonski, Hélène Grimaud, Fazil Say, Till Fellner, Paul Lewis, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Evgeny Kissin, Dejan Lazic, Andreas Staier, Rafał Blechacz, Yuja Wang, Aldo Ciccolini

Aosawa is quite popular for his in depth analysis of each artist and beautiful Japanese expression.  He interviewed Blechacz a few times when he came to Japan.
An example of interview (2006)

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