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Rafal Blechacz - thrillingly direct and fiercely engaged at Wigmore Hall / The Guardian

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Even now, more than 13 years after he swept the board at the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Rafał Blechacz remains an enigmatic pianist, at least as far as British audiences are concerned. That's partly because his appearances here are sporadic – his last London recital was in 2015. 

He began with Mozart: a distinctly brisk, unsentimental account of the A minor Rondo K511 led straight into the piano sonata in the same key, K310, delivered just as forthrightly. Then came Beethoven's A major Sonata Op 101, presented in bold, primary keyboard colours, but full of crisply observed details, which seemed to bind this sometimes elusive sonata together more tightly and cogently than ever before. But it was the second half that showed Blechacz at his very best. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

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