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Jan 9, 2009

Blechacz interviewed on classicals (Germany)

An interview Rafał Blechacz gave to "crescendo", a German music magazine.

Original interview (German)


Young master and Viennese Classical
7. January 2009

crescendo Editor Teresa Pieschacon-Raphael spoke with the young Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz
over the composers of his new album: The Viennese classics Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

He is going to give concerts time and time again in Germany until summer.

crescendo: "Father" Haydn: Why is the composer Franz Joseph Haydn underestimated so much
in contrast to Beethoven and Mozart?

Blechacz: Music by Haydn always have taken an important place in my repertoire.
I have never had the feeling that they are more poorly understood and less loved than music by Mozart or Beethoven.
It is true that the works by Haydn - the symphonies like the chamber music -
are presented publicly less often than those of Mozart and Beethoven.

However, one must keep it in mind that Joseph Haydn, one can say "father" of the classical form,
had inspired young Beethoven and Mozart.
He and his music had a great influence on shaping personality and technique of his successor composers.

crescendo: Does this have to do with his biography, that was less spectacular?

Blechacz: If you compare the biographies of the three Viennese classical composers,
you can really have the impression that the life of Haydn was not as colorful as in the case of Beethoven and Mozart…
Joseph Haydn, who led a stable and quiet life of a court musician,
was an opposite to the Beethoven - fighting and rebelling about his musical independence.

crescendo: If you have to paint the triad: Haydn Beethoven Mozart: how would you represent them?

Blechacz: It is very difficult to "describe" the three greatest composers in a few sentences.
The three composed in the same era and in the same style, but everyone of them understood different aesthetics of that time.
It is visible in the form of work and the composer resources.
In the symphonic chamber, piano and vowel-symphonic music, each of them left his individual track.

You very often find exceptional and original humor, joke, happiness and optimism in the letters of Mozart.
These distinctive features and moods can be heard easily in many of his compositions.

Beethoven - decided, heroic, expressive.
Besides these characteristics typical of him, we can find a reflective character and also pastoral atmosphere in his works.

Music by Haydn, noble and elegant, is also a wealth of moods, characters, from witty and funny ones to deep intimacy.

crescendo: Do you remember your first meeting with Haydn's work?

Blechacz: With the music by Haydn, I made myself initially familiar by hearing his symphonies and string quartets.
They impressed me in a way that I wanted to deal with his piano works.
I worked mainly on different sonatas at that time.
The sonata in E flat major No. 52, that was picked up, I played it at the age of 14.
This is the work that I have settle down.
It took me from the beginning, like the London symphony,
with the extraordinary, direct and "liberated" character which was impressive.

crescendo: For Mozart, Rubinstein said: too easy for children, too difficult for adults. How is that for Haydn?

Blechacz: Works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are compositions,
whose presentations are done with a knowledge of the classical style,
which is, the practice of his era.
The works of Mozart and Haydn, structurally lucid and clear, are the big challenge for performers.
He often must show the size of the musical wealth in the framework of a low number of notes and sounds.

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