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Blechacz is a superlative pianist but an even finer musician, and this is playing of exceptional clarity and expressive beauty. Everything Blechacz does seems natural and organic, and his ability to phrase Chopin s long lines with an inner sense of time and space is a constant joy . . . Blechacz s playing exudes subtlety and musical insight . . . --BBC Music Magazine, London, December 2007 (CD review)

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  • Conductor: Rafal Blechacz
  • Composer: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
  • Audio CD (September 23, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B001EO2UIG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Now only 23, Rafal Blechacz emerged from the pack of young hopefuls with a commanding win at the 2005 International Chopin competitin, the same that launched the young Pollini and Argerich. To jump from there to a contract with DG implies that equally great things are expected of the young Polish pianist. To jduge by this follow-up to an acclaimed Chopin Preludes recital last year, Blechacz (pronounced BLEH - kosh) is a major talent. As enthusiastic as I've been about two of his older contemporaries, Paul Lewis and Jonathan Biss, I hear more technique, temperament, and musical fire in him.

The program combines late Haydn, early Beethoven, and middling Mozart, making no concessions to showmanship -- serious listeners of classical sonatas are the intended target. But in the very modesty of the technical demands being made, there's a world of stylistic challenges. Blechacz passes them all. His feeling for each composer is totally assured. He makes telling adjsutments in touch and timbre to signal that Beethoven isn't Haydn, even though Op. 2 No. 2 was written close to H. XVI NO. 52.

As far as his stylistic bent goes, Blechacz keeps the scale modest in all three works. HIs light, sparkling touch reminds me of Wilhelm Kempff; so does his blend of improvisation with correctness. It's rare for a latter-day pianist to succeed sheerly on taste and touch, but that's what Blechacz does here, very winningly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yu-Ten Lee on March 22, 2013
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It's now 2013, a good eight years after Blechacz's legendary (I think the adjective is appropriate) win at the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. It is five years after the release of this album (2008), which was three after the competition. Blechacz has still yet to release a "major major breakout" album (we're excluding the 24 Preludes and the two concertos, good as they were). This is not crowd-wowing material; this is liable to put the uninitiated to sleep.

The rest of us, who are much better attuned to the fine points of Blechacz's playing, will probably be up all night listening again and again to this. I only exaggerate slightly, because I have done so on several occasions while studying.

As the track listing indicates, we have three firmly out-of-character pieces for Blechacz here. We know him as the young romantic, not solely as a pianist of great merits in all fields. And yet, this album really provides insight into why Blechacz once wanted to be an organist (consult Preludia for a source, I can't remember where he said this) and how hard he worked towards that end. Blechacz has commented that when given the choice between romanticism and classicism, he usually takes the latter; this is easily discernible in his Chopin, and now we see it even more clearly here in his Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Each sonata is articulated with the trademark Blechaczian (some will say Michelangeli-ian, I know) clarity and modesty. No electrifying, controversial key-banging here, no sirree. That's not to say that the playing is clinical nor boring, though - just listen to the third movement of Haydn for that. This is as playful as your music gets - you can almost imagine the pianist smiling manically as his hands whiz across the keyboard.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr H Bolet on March 6, 2014
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An open plea to Mr Blechacz:
Please put away the Chopin and the other "piano music as piano music bores" that Horowitz specialized in and record more miraculous works of the masters you've chosen for this recording. In old age Horowitz figured out that Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are the best! Stick with them now and save yourself several decades. Please, please, please, please, please record the remaining piano sonatas of Beethoven and as many of the Haydn and Mozart you have the resources to get to. You soar far above the other pianists of your generation! Now get to work. This is a perfect recording with the highest recommendation from me. Thank you.
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By Marlena F. on April 16, 2015
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The best contemporary pianist!
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