Polish Radio Program 2 assumes media patronage over the 20-volume collection of "Fryderyk Chopin" from the catalogue of Universal Music (Deutsche Grammophon & Decca).
The collection includes performances by such distinguished pianists as Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Stanislav Bunin, Yundi Li, Krystian Zimerman and Rafał Blechacz.
To be issued beginning on Oct. 17, 160th anniversary of the composer's death.
Polish Radio 2 site
Volume 16 "Preludes" + Mazurka op.50-1 (previously unreleased in Poland) is by Rafał Blechacz.
Gazeta Wyborcza gives brief descriptions of each volume.
For volume 16:
"A collection of recordings without Rafał Blechacz? Impossible. The young pianist, winner of the Chopin Piano Competition in 2005, playing the Preludes. We look at his debut album, published in the Deutsche Grammophon label in 2007, Chopin 24 Preludes, composed in the winter 1838/39, staying with George Sand in Mallorca. Schumann beautifully wrote of them: "They are sketches, outlines of etudes, or, if you will - the ruins, loose eagle's wings, a strange combination of works ..."Blechacz arranges them in a logically developing cycle that has its intensities and climaxes. With the interpretation of the Preludes, he gives out youthfulness and joy of playing....a surprise, never-before released Mazurka in G major, Op. 50 No. 1. Gift from Rafał".
Jerzy Semkow - one of the most distinguished Polish conductors, who this year completed 80 years - received the Diamond Baton, a prestigious music award granted by the Board of Polish Radio.
Polish Radio site (Polish) (Audio interview included.)