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Jan 23, 2010

Blechacz tours in Italy (previews)

Rafał Blechacz is going to Italy to give recitals and play Chopin's concerto in F minor four times starting next week.

January 26, 2010
Recital @ Conservatorio G.Verdi , Milano
Quartteto Milano program page

(Recital program in Milan)
J.S. Bach - Partita No.1 BWV 825
W.A. Mozart - Sonata K 570
C. Debussy - Pour le piano
F. Chopin - Scherzo No.1 op. 20
F. Chopin - 3 Mazurkas op. 50
F. Chopin - Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61

Jan.27, 2010
Recital @ Teatro Comunale, Treviso
Teatro website

January 30-February 2, 2010
Chopin concerto No.2 with Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia,
Andrey Boreyko: Director
@ Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome

Program page of Santa Cecilia for Jan.30, Feb.1,2
Program page for Jan.31 - family concert

Conservatorio, Milan

Preview by Corriere della Sera for the recital in Milan:

With the soul of Chopin
Debut at SOCIETÀ DEL QUARTETTO of the Polish Rafał Blechacz 24,
revelation of piano with his "national" composer

A couple of years ago he arrived in Milan, the fresh winner of the International Competition in Warsaw.

Rafał Blechacz is back to us today (on Jan. 26) after having confirmed his talent by international live performances and recordings that brought him the triumph in 2005 for "Chopin" (at the time, acknowledging his superiority, the judges decided not to award the second prize) opening the doors of the most prestigious spotlight.

Invited for the first time by the " SOCIETÀ DEL QUARTETTO, Blechacz will inaugurate a piano festival that will bring in Milan great interpreters of the keyboard, such as Perahia, Schiff, Andsnes, Lucchesini and Lupu.

A pianist with a brilliant technique and a sharp and sensitive style, but also capable of poetic outbursts in total control of every musical detail, the twenty-four year-old Polish is regarded as a natural interpreter of Chopin and with the great compatriot the young pianist will end his recital at the Conservatory (Scherzo No. 1 op. 20, three Mazurkas Op. 50 and the Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61).

But before that he puts his talents with Partita No 1 BWV 825 by Bach, the Sonata KV 570 by Mozart and "Pour le piano" by Debussy.
By Daniela Zacconi

[Corriere della Sera (Evening Courier) is a daily newspaper, first in sales, published in Milan, among the oldest, most reputable and widely read Italian newspapers. ]

Another preview of Milan on

Like other big winner of the Chopin, from Pollini to Zimerman, to the young Polish pianist, the Quartetto is home for his recital debut in Milan.

The young Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz opens a sort of festival in the season at the Quartetto, which in a few weeks, will house a range of performers of exceptional standard.

Revealed with the resounding victory at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2005, Blechacz expresses a new vision of the romantic piano, playing in a more dry and nervous manner.

There is not only Chopin; Blechacz has technique, style and personality that make him an ideal interpreter of the entire piano repertoire.

As demonstrated in this program, he reveals his origins by Bach and Mozart, and with Debussy, development of the style of Chopin, who changed history of music.

Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome

 Preview of Chopin Concerto in F minor in Rome by Daniele Battaglia posted on on Jan.22.

Accademia di Santa Cecilia - events from 30 January to 5 February
Written by Daniele Battaglia

Season of Music Symphony Orchestra 2009-2010
- Auditorium Parco della Musica - Sala Santa Cecilia

With Blechacz and Boreyko – for the celebration of Chopin
For the last concert of the Symphonic Season in progress in January, Saturday 30 January at 18.00 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Accademia di Santa Cecilia is home for the first time the young and already great Polish pianist, Rafał Blechacz.

The 2005 winner of the last "Chopin in Warsaw", the most important of the international piano competitions that crowned in the past such musicians as Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, being already among the best performers today, Blechacz will perform on the stage of the Sala Santa Cecilia the beautiful Concerto in F minor, Op. 21 by Chopin, thus inaugurating the celebrations for the bicentenary of the birth of the greatest Polish composer of all time, revered at home as a hero. To pay tribute to Chopin, in the Season of Musica da Camera dell'Accademia, we’ll also have Krystian Zimerman (10 February) and Mauritius Pollini (24 February).

The Concerto in F minor, dedicated to Countess Delphina Potocka, a beautiful friend and compatriot of Chopin, was composed in 1829, and performed for the first time by the composer in Warsaw March 17, 1830.

No less difficult, though less spectacular than Concerto No 1, is perhaps more revealing of the intimate, secret poetry of Chopin. Lyrical, dreamy, wistful, elegant, this set comes alive with a dramatic flare just in the central part of the second tempo. The Finale sets off the mazurka, his national dance, during the time of Chopin, little known outside Poland in the circle of European culture.

(In the second part of the concert, the suite for full orchestra by Gustav Holst The Planets, written during the years of World War I and executed in public for the first time in London on 15 November 1920…..)

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