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Nov 1, 2009

Taiwan's paper introduced Blechacz new CD

Taipei times introduced Blechacz's new CD "Chopin The Piano Concertos" on its issue on November 1.

Taipei Times
Classical DVD and CD
Reporter: Bradley Winterton

"A startling new CD and an extraordinary old film now on DVD are the objects of scrutiny this month.

Is it possible for music to be over-recorded? You’re certainly tempted to think so when listening to the new CD from Deutsche Grammophon containing Chopin’s two piano concertos played by Rafal Blechacz. Whatever its other merits, it would be the ideal vehicle with which to demonstrate the quality of your sound system.

The orchestra’s instruments are rendered more vividly than any live audience could possibly hear. Whether this is an adverse criticism or simply yet another advantage of the hi-tech world is for the listener to decide. But the performances themselves, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Jerzy Semkow, are almost as dazzling as the recording technique.

Next year is the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth and this CD is clearly only going to be one of many issued for the occasion. Chopin wrote these concertos before he was 20 and they express a youthful happiness and optimism that Blechacz catches wonderfully. The “velvet” sound sometimes attributed to this particular orchestra may be one of the reasons why the technicians opted to highlight it so dramatically, especially in the studio-recorded F Minor concerto.

Blechacz was the popular local winner of Warsaw’s five-yearly International Chopin Piano Competition in 2005. A DVD of the event was reviewed in this column on April 5, 2007....."

The new CD will be released in Korea tomorrow.

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yes24 reports that Bydgoszcz will elect ambassadors of the region for "Science", "Economy", "Culture and Arts" and "Sports," and voting process will last until early December.
Rafał Blechacz is one of the candidates of the Ambassador for Culture and Arts.

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