Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Prize of the German Record Critics) selected Rafał Blechacz's CD "Chopin Polonaises" as the quarterly best CD for piano music (4-2013).
Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik
Best recordings of 4-2013
".....Rafał Blechacz does not linger long, he goes quickly, always pushing forward. Still, he knows tiny resting stops, where he can draw breath. The new recording of Polonaises by Frédéric Chopin gives this auditory impression. Whether the bass octaves in the middle part of op. 53 or the surprising twists and turns in op. 40: Blechacz does't primarily bring out the salon aspect of Chopin's music, he shows corners and edges of these works, their always vulnerable elegance and density of events. A picture full of momentum and inner fire, full of shades and tone colors, suppleness and flavor." (by the jury: Christoph Vratz)
It was broadcast by SWR2 Cluster.
Listen to the audio file at the third from the top, titled, "Vierteljahresbestenliste des Preises der deutschen Schallplattenkritik".
You can read text of this SWR program.