I used mostly my ears

a blog about music by Marc Haegeman


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Youthful Impetuosity and Poetic Sensitivity

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita #3 in A minor, BWV 827
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata #7 in D Major, Op. 10/3
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade #1 in G minor, Op. 23; 2 Polonaises, Op. 26
Karol Szymanowski: Piano Sonata #1 in C minor, Op. 8

Rafał Blechacz, piano
Brussels, Centre for Fine Arts, March 14, 2012

Coinciding with the international release of his Debussy-Szymanowski CD reviewed here, I caught the young Polish pianist and 2005 Warsaw Competition winner Rafał Blechacz in a solo recital in Brussels. The culminating point of the evening was without doubt his performance of the 1st Piano Sonata by Karol Szymanowski, which sounded even more impressive live than on disc. Blechacz has long been championing the music of his little-performed compatriot and here again he gave the kind of revelatory rendition to win anybody over to Szymanowski. Judging by the enthusiastic audience reaction, Blechacz made his point. But then again before arriving there, he had treated us to some stunning pianism, sufficient to win all present over… to Rafał Blechacz.
Read the full review on Classical Net