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May 28, 2009

Zimerman's new CD of Bacewicz released July 2009

It's not about Rafał Blechacz.

Krystian Zimerman is now touring in Japan.
He'll be performing a total of 17 recitals from May 9 through to June 20.

[Program A]
J.S.Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor BWV826
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111
Brahms: 4 Piano Pieces, Op.119
Szymanowski: Variations on a Polish folk theme in B minor Op.10

[Program B]
J.S.Bach: Partita No.2 in C minor BWV826
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.32 in C minor Op.111
G.Bacewicz: Piano Sonata No.2
Szymanowski: Variations on a Polish folk theme in B minor Op.10

* Program B was just announced today (May 28).


Recital leaflet


I attended one at Tokyo Suntory Hall on May 18.
Overwhelmingly wide variety of colors of sounds and stunningly eloquent dynamics...!

The program book says that his new CD will be released on July 22 in Japan.
(I don't know about other countries.)
"Grazyna Bacewicz: Piano Sonata No.2 and Piano Quintets No.1 and 2)


In the booklet, Jiro Hamada, a music critic shows his joy of the recording.
He remembers his interview in 2006, when Hamada asked why Zimerman wasn't recording his solo repertoire in recent years.
(Many of his recordings had been live concertos with orchestras for the past years.)

Zimerman said;
"Today, CD creators get involved in the extreme perfectionism, killing spontaneousness,
irreplaceable surge of emotions, flash of joy that music naturally gives.
It doesn't make sense for the people to listen to".

Hamada thought there was a point. But he earnestly said to Zimerman;

"The number of people who have a luxury to come to your recital
to enjoy a once-in-lifetime experience is very limited.

Most of your fans listen to your music via recordings.
For them, it is even a psychological support in life..."

Zimerman finally said,
"I'll think about that."


Recording took place in February this year in Katowice,
according to Polish radio report on Zimerman's tour in Poland in Feb. (English)


Zimerman performed Lutosławski: "Piano Concerto for Krystian Zimerman"
with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Myung-Whun Chung four times in Tokyo in Nov. 2008.

In November this year, he will play Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue" with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
directed by Paavo Järvi in Tokyo, Yokohama, etc...


I was asked by my friend when Rafał Blechacz's new CD "Chopin concertos" is released.
I don't know yet but it will be recorded in July.
A Japanese music monthly reported in March that it will be released within this year (2009).

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