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Oct 6, 2008

Blechacz's NY debut recital rejoiced audience

On Oct.4, Rafał Blechacz made a debut in New York at Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of NY Metropolitan Musium of Art

Program:
Mozart—Sonata in D Major, K. 311
Debussy—Estampes
Szymanowski—Variations in B flat Minor, Opus 3
Chopin—Three Mazurkas, in G Major, A flat Major, and C sharp Minor, Opus 50; Sonata in B Minor, Opus 58, No. 3

Now I am expecting reviews to come out.
Before that, I have a fan (who wants to be anonymous) informing me of her impression by attending the recital.
She says there were a few perons who look like Japanese in the audience.

Her impression:

Rafał appeared on the stage with a brilliant smile.
He looked very happy and played Mozart happily.
After Mozart, I looked around and saw many people smiling.
Rafał gave them happiness!

The audience in NY looked difficult to deal with.
Many are middle-aged or over.
They are used to music and arts; they are not naive; rather very demanding.
But the ice was broken.
Debussy was narrative and invoked the first “bravo” of the night.
Szymanowski was terrific.
Chopin was superb.



The gentleman left to me grasped his wife’s hand when listening to Chopin.
They shared a blessed and peaceful time.

The gentlemen on my right had an imposing atmosphere; he was hanging his head, closing eyes.
As Rafał ending Chopin, he was one of those who immediately stood up and cried bravo.

In front, an elderly lady was swinging to Rafał’s piano.
Her husband was leaning forward, staring fixedly into Rafał’s performance.

All the people in the hall were concentrated.
They demonstrated their joy by standing, applauding, shouting and whistling.

Encores: Moszkowski etincelles, Chopin Waltz op64-2, putting people under a spell.

Blechacz is going to play Chopin concerto No.2 with NY Phil on Oct.7 and 11. here

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