New York Philharmonic, Marin Alsop, conductor; Rafael Blechacz, pianist October 7

Avery Fisher Hall; New York Bartok: The Wooden Prince suite; Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2; Dvorak's Symphony No. 9

(…) Blechacz delivered a performance that was a winning mixture of athleticism and poetry. He clearly has the technical chops (any competition winner would) and he sailed through the runs, trills and octaves of the final movement with seemingly effortless ease. More importantly, he had his own individual take on this work, one that will surely broaden with age but interesting in its own right at this point in time. This is definitely a young pianist to keep an eye and ear on.

Blechacz got plenty of assistance from Alsop, whose robust vision of the accompaniment matched the view of the soloist.

By Robert D. Thomas Music Critic