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For the preludes, I had concluded that Pollini's version was the one to beat...until I heard Rafal's.
The only caution is that Blechacz's recent Chopin concertos, although very fine, show a tendency to tameness where more fire would be a much better thing.
When performed by a great artist, the technical challenges are transparent to the listener, who hears only the poetic magic of this work.
Abel "AMY" (HK), in her four-star review, said about everything that I could have covered. Others have reviewed the twenty four plus two plus two in far more detail than I could... Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Yu-Ten Lee
Blechacz plays these pieces brilliantly. His approach is classical, rather than romantic, and this really lts the music speak for itself. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Michael Escamilla
To make it short: there is a lack of contrasts and fire in this recording and in his playing... above all individuality and memorableness is in great absence as well! Read morePublished on April 30, 2011 by Hans Heller
I like this recording, however, in my opinion there some essential components missing in his playing. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Tanya Colodina
Will watch him playing live any time and maturing over the years. Do I think he has a some way to go? Yes. For example, I am comparing his playing prelude no. Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by tristesse
One reviewer hailed Rafal Blechacz as the saviour of the Chopin International Piano Competition when the youngster took a clean sweep of virtually all the prizes in the Competiton. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Abert
I've played most of these pieces and heard a goodly amount of recordings. This is probably the best recording of the Preludes I've heard. Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Mateo
When Yundi Li was put forward as the solution to 21st century Chopin playing as the first winner of the Warsaw competition since 1985, I became truly worried--both as to the... Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by C. Pontus T.