Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz gave a recital at the Philharmonie. His programme included 3 composers of different times and works of different moods.
First, JS Bach’s 4 Duos – pieces which are rarely played -, masterworks that Blechacz performed perfectly, giving the music its freshness and natural, with at the same time a complete understanding and respect of their architecture.
Second were 2 works by Beethoven, his Rondo op. 51 No.2 and his 3rd Sonata (and not the 2nd as announced). Both were lively, filled with energy and humour, a characteristic of the early Beethoven.
After the break, he played Chopin: the Fantasy op. 49, then the Nocturne op.48 n° 2, and the famous 2nd Sonata, Funeral March. What a remarkable 3rd movement!
He played 2 encores: a delicate version of Chopin’s Waltz op. 64 No.2, and the vigorous and witty Scherzo of Beethoven’s 2nd Sonata.