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Apr 27, 2009

Meet with Blechacz & his music - from Holland

This is a contribution from Jan in the Netherlands, who attended two recent recitals by Rafał Blechacz.
Thank you Jan. We are able to feel beautiful piano sound of Blechacz
as well as warmth of Holland this month and heart of Blechacz as well as you and all the audience in your country.
With Love and respect♪ 


Holland experiences the warmest month of April since centuries. (See Picture.)

A part of this beautiful month is the wonderful memory of two concerts of Rafał Blechacz
in Leeuwarden and Eindhoven last week-end.

My wife and I went to Leeuwarden on a warm and sunny day and had a dinner on the terrace in font of the Harmonie,
where Rafał Blechacz played that evening.
In spite of the information on the internet no Debussy but with a well known program:

J.S. Bach           Italian Concert
W.A. Mozart         Sonata in B flat minor KV 570
K. Szymanowski       Variations in B flat minor Op. 3
F. Chopin          Ballade A flat minorOp. 47 Nr. 3
2 Nocturnes in B and in E Op. 62
4 Mazurkas Op. 17
Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53

His performance was overwelming,
specially we were very moved by the lyric and sensitive playing
of the mid part of the Mozart sonate and the Nocturnes,
as well as the Prelude nr 4, played as an encore after a standing applause at the end.

During the intermezzo we heard people talking about his genial playing and
we felt their joy and enthusiasm.
A succesfull event, in spite of the acoustics of the auditorium.





On Sunday we were in Eindhoven in the Muziekcentrum.
The acoustics of the hall is more like the concertgebouw
and the full and sonor sound of the Steinway piano was a contibute to a great, mangnificent and wonderfull concert,
that was fully booked.

J.S. Bach          Italian Concert
W.A. Mozart        Sonata in B flat minor KV 570
F. Chopin         Ballade A flat minorOp. 47 Nr. 3
2 Nocturnes in B and in E Op. 62
4 Mazurkas Op. 17
Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53

The audience reacted very enthusiastic and the encore was the adagio of Beethovens sonate Nr 2.

His performance of the the mazurkas was even better than in Leeuwarden
and the Ballade and Polonaise in As was overwelming perfect.

We spoke several people and all were impressed of his playing and his talent.

The director of the Music Academy of Maastricht was full of admiration:
“Rafał Blechacz is a top talent”.

Rafał did a long signing session because a lot of people purchased his cd’s.

I had the opportunity to shake hands and thank him personally for the 5 grand concerts I heard so far.
We spoke about his performance of the Saint Saens concerto in the concertgebouw.
He said that this SS concerto may be recorded on CD in future.

My wife and I are impressed by Rafał Blachacz’ friendly, modest and charming character
and had a spledid experience.

This beautiful afternoon will be remembered for a long time.


by Jan and Jose Zum Vorde


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