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Feb 22, 2009

Thank you Rafal-san♪ See you in Chopin Year.

Rafał Blechacz’s final recital in 2009 Japan Tour was held
at The Symphony Hall, Osaka in Sunday afternoon.

All the tickets have been sold out
but the hall accepted extra people by bringing out portable chairs and allowing standing view tickets.
In Tokyo and other cities, you are rejected if the capacity is fully used.
I like Osaka’s business-oriented behavior in this particular context.

Today, Blechacz appeared very relaxed and spirited, and enjoyed every touch on keys.

The acoustics of the hall is not necessarily friendly to the nature of piano sound
and tend to be metallic in my impression.
But the beauty of p/pp/ppp that he produced was way beyond such constraints.
He breathed life into every sound, shinning it all breathtakingly.

The second movement of the Mozart was especially dreamy.

The ascending passages of the fourth movement of the Beethoven,
the "grazioso" pearly runs prompted me to shed tears abruptly.
His performance reminded me of a fan of Blechacz with whom I had talk just before the recital.
She is a quiet girl with pure heart
and her personality overlapped with Blechacz’s crystal-clear piano sound.

When finishing the final chords of Szymanowski, Blechacz seemed basking in the lingering tone for a while.

The public kept applauding warmly even after he returned with the wholehearted three encores.

Finally, he appeared on the stage, smiling, bringing the flowers that he was just given with him,
letting us know that everything is over.

His Japan tour is over, leaving all the fans here fulfilled.
He will continue the voyage to make people around the world happy.
It’s his life.

Thank you Rafał Blechacz. We are the most blessed fans for now.


Program:
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in B-flat major K.570
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A-major Op.2-2
Chopin: Chopin: 4 mazurek Op.17
Chopin: Polonaise No.6 in A-flat major, Op.53 "Heroic"
Szymanowski: Variations in B-flat Minor for piano op.3


Encore:
Chopin Preludes op28-4
Chopin mazurka op56-2
Debussy Clair de lune

Feb 21, 2009

Influential paper praises Blechacz's Beethoven

Asahi.com (Asahi Newspaper's on-line English version) dated Feb.20 posted a review
on the concert by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
at Tokyo Suntory Hall on Feb.12, 2009,
written by Ms. Makiko Noda.

Rafał Blechacz performed Beethoven piano concerto No.4 with the orchestra on that day.
The following is the excerpt of the review related to Blechacz.


...."But things changed completely the moment the orchestra started on Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.

Strings, particularly viola, cello and double bass, confidently asserted themselves.
A surprisingly masculine sound came from solo pianist Rafal Blechacz,
instantly erasing any apprehension about Beethoven being played by a Chopin specialist.

The concerto's brief second movement was perhaps one of the highlights of the night.

Dialogue between the solo piano and the strings in this peculiar and strangely quaint movement
was beautifully performed.

In the unusually fast finale movement, the soloist gallantly took up the challenge
and succeeded in keeping the music intact until the end".



**The Asahi Newspaper is the second most circulated out of the five national newspapers in Japan.
Its circulation is 8 million for its morning edition and 4 million for its evening edition.
The newspaper has alliances with the International Herald Tribune, US.

Feb 19, 2009

Ultra-super performance enchanted Yokohamans

On Feb.19, Rafał Blechacz held fourth recital in Japan at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall.

The performance was (super)X3 = ultra-super excellent.
It is a consensus-based expression after I talked with ten or fifteen attendants
while waiting in the line for Blechacz’s autograph.

Every note was purely audible, glittering and permeated into the public's hearts.
He was bolder than usual and enjoyed freedom of performing on his own way.
(It reminded me of his performance at Salzburg.)

Today's audience was typical fans of Rafał Blechacz and quite supportive.
The atmosphere was different from yesterday.

The audience and the performer were already united from the very beginning.

The first bravo was heard after Beethoven. (Yes, today’s Beethoven was even more fabulous than ever.)

On finishing Szymanowski, Blechacz raised his fists a little in triumph (it’s very rare, isn’t it?)

No way of stopping the applause.
The public kept applauding warmly, some standing.
Blehcacz happily looked around all. Appeared onto the stage again and again.
Blechacz returned the audience with three encores.

It was absolutely the best recital performance in the current Japan Tour.


Blechacz's last recital in Japan will be on Feb.22 at The Symphony Hall in Osaka.


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My best friend Peko-chan (top conference interpreper) attended Blechacz's concert
for the first time with her seven year old daughter.
She left the hall without joining the autographic session
but before leaving, she said to me,

"Tonight, I really understood how you feel about Rafał-san
and why you support him so enthusiastically.

He is Raphael. The real archangel.
Actually, I was able to see the wings on his back.

He is a very different kind of person from the ordinary people.
That's the reason why his piano is so differentiating and touching."



 You can read the story about how his parents named their baby Rafał.
(the international name is Raphael : name of one of the archangles, meaning "God has healed".)

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TPV Kultura will broadcast Blechacz's Chopin concerto No.1 in E minor
on Feb.20 at 18:15 (Poland local time).

Time table of TPV

A Japanese fan living overseas informed me of this program.
Thank you for the info, as always!

Feb 18, 2009

Blecahcz's music was warmly embraced by new folks

On Feb.18, Rafał Blechacz performed the third recital in Tokyo at Tokyo Bunka-kaikan (cultural center).
The 2300 seats of the old and big hall in Tokyo were fully occupied.
Actually, the tickets have been sold out.

The recital was organized as a part of the series composed of five concerts,
including Zimerman’s piano concerto by Lutosławski with Chung Myung-Whun,
London Symphony Orchestra directed by Gergiev.

The profile of the audience was that they frequently come to this hall on regular basis
to enjoy a wide range of classical music and the majority are middle aged or over.
My observation was that overall, Blechacz's performance was warmly accepted by those
who attended his recital for the first time.

People looked upbeat after the recital.
I heard some voices of appreciation while walking on the lobby:

“It’s the difference of history. Japanese cannot play like him.”
“How you play Mozart makes difference", etc...

I was with my husband and he has highly evaluated Blechacz as precious musical asset.
My colleagues were supposed to be there but I could not find them because the hall is too big.


Blechacz will hold his fourth recital tomorrow at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall.


....he is looking forward to the opportunity to deepen the ties with the audience there,
and hopes that the musical bonds will strengthen thier love of music.
(From interview by Rafał Blechacz for the audience in Fukuoka)




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This morning, I received an e-mail from my Polish friend Dana,
notifying that Blechacz's CD "sonatas" obtained the Platinum status in Poland in October
and he was nominated for Frederic Award 2009 again.

Congratulations, Rafał Blechacz!!

Feb 14, 2009

Infinite evolution - even the sky is not limit

Coffee with Blechacz

You can hear an interview given by Rafał Blechacz in the archive of DRS2 site, as of June, 2008.

He talks in English and consecutive interpretation follows.


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On Feb.14, 2009, Rafał Blechacz gave his second recital in Tokyo.

The ticket of this recital started to sell in Sept. last year
as a part of “Pianists series by five pianists":
Uehara, Blechacz, Kissin, Zimerman and Gavryluk.
Single ticket for Blechacz was made available to the public a month later, in October.

I got the series and seated (2nd from the front, center-left) surrounded by the buyers of the series ticket.
They are not necessarily fans of Blechacz. All looked having discerning ears.

All the seats of Tokyo Opera City Hall were filled on the day of the recital.

Mozart and Beethoven were typically good.
The atmosphere changed after the intermission.

I was overwhelmed by Polonaise op53.
It was unprecedented, super performance.
(Sorry, I cannot find suitable words to express what happened to my heart.)

He permeated the perfromance with soul.
I felt people were stunned.
Blechacz bowed, with a modest but radiant smile.

Szymanowski was a coup de grâce.
My feeling of awe and reverence towards Blechacz was renewed.

What happened to Blechacz?
Did he cast a new spell on the audience?
Some people shed tears during "Clair de lune".


Autographic session was held
and the vast lobby of Tokyo Opera City Hall was filled with countless people waiting for their turns.
Incredible scene. Tremendous number of people.

I didn’t feel like getting sign or taking photo.
I didn’t feel like talking except for the time
when my two colleagues (conference interpreters, one is concurrenly a Jazz singer) who attended Blechacz’s recital for the first time talked to me.

One said “Wonderful! Especially, it was good after the intermission.
The other one said “What is the last piece? That’s fascinating music.”
I briefly explained about Szymanowski and how important it is for Blechacz.

I wanted to be alone with the music that I had just heard.
Among the overflown crowd, I found the person that I respect most about Rafał's piano,
expressed my appreciation to him and left the hall.

 Program:
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in B-flat major K.570
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A-major Op.2-2
Chopin: Chopin: 4 mazurek Op.17
Chopin: Polonaise No.6 in A-flat major, Op.53 "Heroic"
Szymanowski: Variations in B-flat Minor for piano op.3


Encore:
Chopin Preludes op28-4
Chopin mazurka op56-2
Debussy Clair de lune

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His next recital in Tokyo will be on Feb.18
at Tokyo Bunka-kaikan (cultural center) Main Hall

**The author is not available until Feb.18.
Your e-mail/inquiry will be answered after Feb.18

Feb 12, 2009

We were enthralled by his charm♪ Blechacz in Tokyo

Fantastic piano performance and enthusiastic and loving audience.

We wanted to listen more, applause was getting bigger, some standing, others crying bravo,
but Blechacz’s first recital at Ecorma Hall in Tokyo on Feb.12 was ended forcefully
when the organizer turned on lighting of the audience after he played ONLY two encores.
(In his previous recitals in Japan in 2007, he was allowed to play three or four encores.)

Soon, the autographic session started.
People lined. Really long line.
I have never seen such a long line of passionate people for a pianist recital.
The atmosphere was more enthusiastic than the one I saw
when Yundi Li held an autographic session after the concerto by Prokofiev
at Suntory Hall in June last year.)

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Recital Program:
Mozart: Piano Sonata No.16 in B-flat major K.570
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A-major Op.2-2
Chopin: Chopin: 4 mazurek Op.17
Chopin: Polonaise No.6 in A-flat major, Op.53 "Heroic"
Szymanowski: Variations in B-flat Minor for piano op.3

Encores:
Chopin Prelude op28-4
and Mazurka op56-2

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I was with five friends who attended Blechacz’s recital for the first time.

“He plays each of all notes conscientiously.
Wonderful pianist.
Now I understand why you support him so enthusiastically.”
(K.K, conference interpreter & pianist & piano teacher)

“His Szymanowski was superb!
Thank you very much for letting me know about him.”
(A.K, conference interpreter; studied at The Julliard when she was young.)

“I feel very happy to be here.
I wanted to let my daughter contact with beautiful music.”
(A.S, conference interpreter, coming with her 10 year-old daughter.)

“Finally, I could listen to Rafał-san.
So pleased and impressed.
(K.H, Japanese resident of Missouri, US since three months ago;
before that, she lived in Gdańsk, Poland but had no chance to hear Blechacz first-hand.)

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Talking about Szymanowski, I was told by fans in Germany and U.S.
that Blechacz's debut CD "Piano Recital" which contains Szymanowski variations op.3
is not available any more.
(In US. premium price has to be paid ; quite expensive.)

So, I told my friend who said that Szymanowski was superb to try to obtain the CD now.
(In Japan, it's available with a slight premium price.)

Not only Szymanowski, but also others - Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin were super.
I love his robust Beethoven sonata among other things.
It's amazing that he expresses so wide a variety of sounds with a single instrument;
sometimes it was sypmphonic; sometimes I felt as if enjoying chamber music.
The Mozart (k570) - the first piece he played in public (in Japan at least) was charming and serene.
I love it in the same manner as I love k311.


 I'm posting a review by Mr.A.K, head of Blechacz Japan Fan Club.
as I get it from him.

Feb 10, 2009

Family, teachers, friends and prayer

Yesterday, Rafał Blechacz performed at Tokyo Suntory Hall.
It was the second time that he appeared in the hall.
His first appearance here was in January, 2006
for the Chopin Competition Gala concert.
Blechacz and other awardees from Japan performed here.

While he was in Japan in Jan.2006, the following reportage was broadcast in Poland
in which his mother and sister gave interviews.

Please watch the video clip of the reportage.
Please see the first seven minutes of the video.
My Polish friend Dana has offered a brief description of the contents.
(Thanks!! as always)


(Note. I was informed that this video streaming service is not available in the U.S.
It depends on the countries.
In Japan and Poland, it is O.K. I received favorable responses from fans and others,
especially about his sister's story.)

↑ I found that this content was removed from the site. (April 1, 2009) 


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(At Blechacz's home)
Rafał's room is different from young people of the same age.
Among CDs, there are no heavy metal and pop music.
And the books are; biographies of Chopin, Mozart, Rubinstein and J.Paul II.

-Rafał is a complete, normal, beloved kid and he sometimes mopped dusts
because he is allergic and can clean only with wet way.

(Later at his elementary school, secondary school and two music school in Bydgoszcz);
Director E.Staporek-Pospiech says Rafał would stand out and always played differently from others;
for example, his interpretation of Bach was exceptionally excellent.

Popowa-Zydroń says the journey in world of music with Rafał was a very big pleasure.
He is unaverage in an extreme way.

Paulina (his sister) lives with Rafał and they are normal brother and sister.
She says they sometimes have a quarrel, fight each other.
Two years ago during a fight, she knocked out Rafał's finger.
After the Chopin Competition, they had an appointment with the minister
(of the relevant department, maybe of culture?)
and when she told him about the incident,
the minister said that she could have changed the course of Polish history.

What Rafał's mother says is also interesting.
When Rafał was a little kid, he drew an organ on the paper, put it up inside the door of cabinet
and played music that he heard at church on the small electric organ.
It was a real mass that we had at home then.- laughs Mrs. Blechacz.

When Rafał was playing concerto on the last day of the Chopin Competition,
his friends and others prayed together at church for him.
They heard the concerto later.

Mrs. Blechacz said that they felt this spiritual help at the philharmonic.
God and Chopin were out there to help Rafał. 

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 Before Rafał Blechacz began his Japan tour early this month,
I received e-mails from Polish fans (including Dana),
offering a wish and a prayer for his success in the Japan tour.
May thier prayers be heard!

Feb 9, 2009

"Blechaczian" Beethoven and romantic Rafal

“I have never heard such piano sounds",
said my husband after attending the concert by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra and Rafał Blechacz
at Tokyo Suntory Hall on Feb.9

“Blehcacz’s piano was tender, affectionate and delicate; the orchestra was heartwarming and profound.
It was the best combination”.

He heard Blechacz’s piano for the first time in a live concert.
He says;
“It is the type of piano sound that Japanese love.
And he is the type of pianist that Japanese love; gentle, noble, well-mannered.
If he is focused on Japan as a target market, I think he is right.
Probably he is more effective in live performance rather than in studio.”
(My husband has a knowlege about marketing.)

My impression was that Blechacz’s Beethoven concerto No.4 was different from the performance in Fukuoka.
It was more “Blechaczian” with his exquisite, fine-drawn sounds more prevailing.
All the pianissimos had “life”.
The romantic aspect was more emphasized today.
(My personal impression. Please correct me if I'm wrong.)
He may have received more inspiration from Chopin tonight(?)
I like both type of performances. (Of course!)

Encore: Chopin prelude op28-4,
touching people's heartstrings.

I found the blog written by a male business person talking about the encore,
“Blechacz was in a state of divine possession when playing the final three chords”.

This person says that the composition of the audience was orchestra fans 80% and Blechacz fans 20%.
He heard some saying,"Who is Blechacz?"
I have no idea about this estimate, but if he is correct,
I believe that the concert gave many people who had not known about Blechacz
to be strongly impressed by his noble and beautiful performance.

Actually, I could not get the total picture of the audience of the day,
busy in talking with one acquaintance after another (←passionate fans of Blechacz)
before the start of performance and during the intermission.


Next time Blechacz performs Beethoven concerto No.4 will be in Warsaw
with Warsaw Philharmony Orchestra directed by Antoni Wit on March 20 and 21.


Let me add that Schubert “the Unfinished” and Beethoven’s 5th symphony
as well as two encores (Beethoven Symphony No.8 2nd movement and Schubert Rosamunde)
by Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra were really really great.




Autographic session at Tokyo Suntory Hall
Feb.9, 2009


Thank you very very much, Rafał Blechacz, maestro Janowski and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Feb 7, 2009

Authentic/orthodox Beethoven nuanced by Blechacz

Spring has come to Fukuoka, southwest city of Japan.
Today, it was warm and the wind was gentle.
Perfect stage set for Rafał Blechacz’s first performance of Beethoven piano concerto No.4.

I attended the concert of Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra at Acros Fukuoka (Fukuoka Symphony Hall), Fukuoka city,
which included the concerto by Blechacz.

As Blechacz said in the interview, this music has an atmosphere of the spring.
In the 1st movement, with the gentle introductory piano, the following orchestra sound reminded me of Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 “Pastoral Symphony”.
A calm and peaceful field appeared in my mind.
Janowski let the orchestra reverberate solemnly in the hall of good acoustics.
So was the sound by the soloist.
My impression was that Blechacz's performance can be described as authentic Beethoven music.
Sound, nuance and even the way he plays seemed to be Beethovenian.

At the same time, it is the authentic Blechacz way & sound.
Crystal-clear, deep and noble.
It was especially outstanding in the dialogue with the orchestra in the 2nd movement.
He related to the audience the story in a calming manner, which no one else can emulate.
And…..the cadenzas were great. Really great.
No doubt they will remain deep in my soul.

I noticed the good communication between the soloist and the orchestra as well as the maestro.
The orchestra was quite supportive of the soloist.
I cannot forget the honest face of the second violin leader who kept eye-contact with the concert master
and “emitted” energy to the soloist.

Blechacz's first performance of Beethoven No.4 was a comfortable success.
The audience powerfully applauded and Blechacz calmed them with two encores:
Chopin Prelude op28-4 and Mazurka op56-2.
Thank you very much, Rafał Blechacz.

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After the concerto, I met Ms. Wiewiórka (Japanese fan, piano teacher).
She said this concerto is very difficult to play but Blechacz was unbelievably perfect.
She was deeply moved. So was I.

Her comments:
“I was seated on the balcony looking out over the entire hall.
Every seat was filled.
Blechacz’s performance was absolutely the first-rate Beethoven – thoroughly cultivated and sophisticated.
Every individual note including in the fast runs and pianissimo was clearly heard to all the corners of the big hall.
The thick and dynamic sounds were those unique to Beethoven.
All the sounds constituted the significance of music.

What a skill!
It is the performance by a great master.
I’m struggling to connect the lofty sounds that I heard to Rafał’s lovely face.
Reflecting on, I believe that it was the most admirable and impressive Beethoven’s concerto No.4 that I have heard in my life.

Before, Argerich* said that this concerto is too valuable for her to play.
I suppose this is a work which would be very difficult even for her in every aspect”.
(* Note: She likes Argerich and has observed Argerich's activities for long years.)


And let me add that the orchestra was also great, and
I like the tempo directed by Janowski at reratively fast passages.
I thought so from the beginning of the concert when Schubert "the Unfinished" was played.

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I saw several fans from Tokyo, Yokohama, other cities of Japan and US attending the concert.

Before the concert began, I was able to meet a family, fans from the US.
After the concerto, I met a fan from Okayama (located between Fukuoka and Osaka) for the first time
whom I came to know through this blog.

Talking of Okayama, Ms. Wiewiórka happened to be in the same train with another fan from Okayama
when she visited Dazaifu shrine before the concert, where she obtained "Omamori" the good-luck charm for learning.
The fan was a passing stranger but said,"I am a fan of Blechacz. I came from Okayama to attend his concert."

I also had contacts with my old friends living in Fukuoka/Nagasaki.

These encounters/reunions were made possible solely by Rafał Blechacz's piano.
Rafał magic.

See the photo of rehearsal (taken by a member of Berlin Radio Symphony)

↑ I was asked how the pretty violinist describes Blechacz in her blog.
She describes her impression of Blechacz during the rehearsal in Fukuoka.
She says:
"What happens when he touches piano?
As he touches the keys, he immediately inspires and affects the listeners profoundly.
He has an awful talent.
I definitely will follow his path from now on."


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Another fan's sisters' comments:
She brought her two sisters to the hall of Fukuoka.
The three sisters love music very much.

One of them said,
"You cannot see such a great pianist easily in life;
Blechacz-san has the sophisticated piano sound and noble personality."
Another sister says,
"I have NEVER heard such a beautiful piano music.
Blechacz-san is graceful. And he has BEAUTIFUL hands!"
(Blechacz-san = Mr.Blechacz)

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I maintain Japanese blog and occasionally update it.
Yesterday, I wrote about my impression of Fukuoka concert
and the number of accesses per day to the site tripled than usual. (Feb.7)
It is the evidence that many people in Japan are keenly interested in or impressed by
Blechacz's concert/recitals in 2009 Japan tour.

↑ The number of accesses to the Japanese site was fourfold than usual. (on Feb.8)

Feb 4, 2009

Blechacz talks about Beethoven Concerto No.4

Interview with Takayoshi Josho, Japanese music journalist,
published in “Mostly Classical”, monthly music magazine, March 2009 edition.

Josho's interview is used for the concert pamphlet of 2009 Japan tour
(Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra).




Q: You respect your compatriot Krystian Zimerman very much.

A: His interpretations overlap with my personality to a great extent.
When listening to his performance, whether it is Beethoven or Chopin,
it always convinces me that it is a great music.
Everything is natural, which is quite important for me in life and music.

I visited him at his home in Switzerland after the Chopin Competition,
when he gave me precious advices in relation to my performance
and we were able to exchange views on life, music and various topics.

He fully understands how difficult it is for young pianist like me
to take a new start as a musician.
Therefore, he gave me important advices; he is really generous and nice.

Q: In Japan, you will play Beethoven’s piano concerto No.4
with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by Marek Janowski.

A: This concerto is one of my favorite among Beethoven’s piano concertos.
I feel grateful to have been able to spend sufficient time
to prepare for performing it in Japan.

This concerto contains a lot of feelings
and it is up to the performer to give a wide variety of colors to the music.

It is a little different from other Beethoven’s works
in that it is not so heroic as No.5 “Emperor”, for example.
It is full of relaxing atmosphere of the spring in the sparkling high register,
which is closer to the charm of the works in Beethoven's later days.

What attracts me most is the second movement.
The movement contains fragmentary dialogue between the solo piano and the orchestra,
giving the music the dramatic image.

Q: Following the first recording of Chopin from DG,
your second recording is sonatas of three Viennese classical composers.
It surprised me.
What drove you to select such classical works?

A: The classical school’s works have always occupied especially important position in my style.
I selected Chopin’s works for my first DG recording
because it was the first CD after the Chopin Competition.

But I had played works of Haydn, Mozart and early Beethoven
as the core of my repertoire even before the Competition.
Therefore, I wanted to record them.

For me these works are quite helpful to perform Chopin's.
Chopin loved music by Mozart and was deeply versed in his operas.
Because of that, Chopin’s music, especially his concertos, have aspects fairly influenced by classical composers.

You have said that the selection surprised you,
but for me, the classical composers’ music is the basics.

Q: In Japan tour, you are going to perform Chopin’s works
as well as sonatas of classical composers.

A: Yes. I sincerely hope that the audience will grasp the commonality
between Chopin and classical composers.


Please see the report on Blechacz's performance of Chopin concerto No.1 in Berlin by the same journalist.
I guess that this interview was conducted on this occasion. (@ Berlin, December, 2008)

Another interview given by Blechacz on Beethoven concerto No.4 for the audience in Fukuoka, Japan.

Charismatic critic crazy about Blechacz's Mozart

Review by Koho Uno, the influential music critic in Japan.
He is dubbed as the "charisma" critic in the classical music community.
Born in 1930, he began writing music critique in 1953.
Famous for his severe, highly critical reviews.

This review on Blechacz's Mozart k311 was carried in "Mostly Classic",
a monthly music magazine, March 2009 edition.
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Blechacz offers Mozart sonata brimmed with freshness and youth;
his strikingly delicate pianissimo standing out;


No other piano performance has surprised me recently more than this.
I’m talking about Mozart sonata performed by Rafał Blechacz, the winner of 2005 International Chopin Competition.
While listening, I was dazed.
What a skill! What a musician! Unbelievably clever and brilliant!

The CD contains three sonatas: Haydn’s sonata No.52, Beethoven’s sonata No.2
and Mozart sonata No.9, k311.
Blechacz plays this k311 immensely well.
He has a jaw-dropping, astonishing skill and no one can beat his beautiful sound and clever, exquisite fingerwork.
Even the accomplished, acclaimed piano masters around the world cannot be better than Blechacz.
The grains of sound are perfectly even. His fingers run across the keys with unrestricted technical perfection.
But he is never a "skilled but shoddy" type of pianist.
These days, I often encounter performers of awfully outstanding technique, whether it is about violin or piano.
But believe me. Blechacz is exceptionally excellent without equal in the world.

The unbeatable strength of Blechacz is the delicate pianissimo.
I would recommend, therefore, that you listen to his CD lowering the volume.
I promise. It is by far the better. Usually, I like to listen to the music with the possible highest volume.

The tempo of the first movement is comfortable allegro and exhilarating.
But his performance is never mechanical because he has an excellent musicality and sophisticated good taste.
The rhythm is superbly timed, never monotonous and improvised dynamics is refreshing.
His first movement intoxicates me with its rare beauty.

The beautiful pianissimo is also prevailing in the second movement.
Blechacz heals me by his monologue-like performance.
It is as if he is gently talking to small children, which let me guess that Mozart had the same message in his heart.

In the third movement, nostalgic sweetness creeps into the depth of my heart while he plays the movement in a very spirited manner.
What a pianist! So young and already the unrivaled good player of Mozart.
Listening to him, I have a kind of concern about his future.
What kind of path is he going to follow?


Uno's review on Blechacz's CD carried on Sankei Newspaper (Oct. 2008)

Feb 2, 2009

Fukuoka Now - town magazine introduces Blechacz

"Fukuoka Now" is a town magazine for non-Japanese residents/tourists in Fukuoka city,
offered in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.

Fukuoka Now event page -Blechacz and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Other events in Fukuoka in February.


Rafał Blechacz, Welcome to Japan!!
Thank you very much for coming aaaaaall the way to such a distant country.
We are really really happy to be able to listen to your Mozart, Beethoven
and two of the greatest composers' music of your country.