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May 24, 2013

"Blechacz makes us feel the soul of Beethoven" - recital review in Rome

Another beautiful review of the recital Rafał Blechacz's gave in Rome on May 17 at the Santa Cecilia, posted on

Original review

Chopin, again and forever
23/05/2013 by Mario Dal Bello

At Academia de Santa Cecilia in Rome, 28-year-old Rafał Blechacz has delighted the audience with a repertoire ranging from Bach to the great Polish composer and pianist.

There are musicians who have the charisma of singularity, or rather, of uniqueness. Rafał Blechacz, 28, a Polish thoroughbred, is one of them. Every his concert - we felt it at the Saint Cecilia - is an event. Blechacz with his mere presence creates an atmosphere. Serenity spreads around the room, fills the hearts and minds of the people, making us relaxed. In these dramatic times, the music is not a minor thing.

Blechacz begins with Bach, the Partita no. 3 in A minor, seven movements where his fingers spread out joy, reflection, order and composure. It is a sparkling Bach, but controlled, unyielding, and also free. We hear a strict control of the keyboard; here the piano replaces the original harpsichord, but the argentine sonorities of Blechacz allow us to imagine those similar ones from the ancient instruments.

He then moved on to Beethoven's Sonata in D major., Op. 10 n. 3. The young pianist gives the best in the visionary Largo e mesto, romantic sensibility so tender, loving, sad, foretelling indescribable pains. Sounds are intense, distinctive with clarity, never confused, never messy, where the lyricism of clear color touches chiaroscuro shadows, deep chords: lyrical moment is not only this, Blechacz makes us feel the soul of Beethoven at that particular moment of listening to the inner voices. The fingering is so clear and soft at the same time that it does impress.

When he finally arrives at beloved Chopin, the musician lets us go towards the beauty of sound, cascade of trills, grace notes, slowing down and decreasing, blazing and calming. Pure Romanticism. The famous "rubato" by Chopin - and Bellini, his contemporary on the side of the opera – arises naturally, following melody, embroiders sentimental meanings. Nocturne in A flat major, Op. 32, two Polonaises in A major and in C minor, three Mazurkas and Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor, take turns with so many lyrical moments of absolute poetry.

Blechacz is a poet, certainly, differently, not interpreting but "being" Chopin in the way of offering his music, grasping the emotional vibrations deep inside the whispers, expressing them with abandonment, never sentimental, but delicate and balanced in deep respect for the spirit of Chopin’s music.

Great evening.


May 23, 2013

Rafał Blechacz's recital @L'Auditori, Barcelona, available (podcast)

Rafał Blechacz's recital @L'Auditori, Barcelona, November 2012 is archived and available from the website of Catalunya Música.

Catalunya Música

Recital program

One of the recital reviews:
"From Bach trough to Szymanowski, a recital by Blechacz to be remembered"

May 20, 2013

"Rafał Blechacz gives sparkling performance in Rome" - recital review

A review of  Rafał Blechacz' recital at Sala Santa Cecilia, Parco della Musica, Rome, on May 17 by an audience member and enthusiast of music and arts.

Read the review from "Living in Rome"

"(.....) high point of the entire evening for me was the Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39 – the extraordinary runs and delicate waterfall sounds of those cascading octaves were utterly magical. With the closing notes still hanging in the air, the first cheers of bravo! broke the spell, followed by thunderous applause (.....)"

courtesy Living in Rome

** With my deep appreciation to Deborah

May 14, 2013

Rafał Blechacz in Vancouver on May 12, 2013

You can see some nice pictures of Rafał Blechacz at Chan Centre, UBC, Vancouver on May 12 when he gave a recital, his last concert of 2013 Spring North American tour, for the Vancouver Chopin Society's 15th anniversary.

Pictures of the recital, ceremony, autographic session and reception

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May 11, 2013

Blechacz's recital in Barcelona webcast May 11

Rafal Blechacz's recital in Barcelona (Nov. last year) will be available via webcast at 10:00 GMT May 11.

Streaming from here

May 9, 2013

Review of Blechacz's recital in Miami

A beautiful review of Blechacz's recital written by Lawrence Budmen, titled,

Polish pianist Blechacz makes dazzling Miami debut 

The Miami Herald

"(.....)Throughout his recital, Blechacz played with accuracy and musicality, even at the most accelerated tempos. For all his power and seemingly easy dexterity, Blechacz commands a wealth of tonal coloring, his dynamics beautifully varied (.....)"

May 7, 2013

Concert in Detroit via Medici TV

The concert of Detroit Symphony Orchestra earlier this month when Rafał Blechacz played Chopin's concerto No.2 (conductor: John Storgårds) will be webcast by Medici TV,

@14:00 (Detroit local time, ET), May 7.

Medici TV website
The recorded performance is now in Medici TV archive, available for the next 90 days.

My special thanks to his fans (in Europe, US and Japan) who care about the artist and have been aware of the news.