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Feb 27, 2010

Blechacz was showered with joyful bravos in NY

On Feb.26, Rafał Blechacz gave a recital at Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), New York.

Bach—Partita in B-flat Major, No. 1
Mozart—Sonata in B flat Major, K.570
Debussy—Pour le piano
Chopin—Ballade No. 3 in A flat Major, Opus 47
Chopin—Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
Chopin—Polonaise fantasie in A-flat Major, Opus 61

A short preview by New York Times. (Please scroll down to the middle of the page.)

The East Coast including New York was hit by another violent snow storm since previous day and on the day of recital, public schools of NY were closed because of the dangerous weather. There was a doubt if the recital can be held.

The weather improved, however, towards the evening and the hall was almost full with art-loving New Yorkers and others (some came from Texas, California and there were quite a few Asians. When people were shouting bravos after the performance was done, some cried "bis", meaning encore in Polish and French.)

Reactions from the audience were quite straightforward; sighs of emotions were heard on the final note of Bach; after that, all the pieces from Mozart evoked many bravos. People were amazed by everything he offered; deep, contemplative interpretations with underlying solid technique that no other young musicians can emulate.

Blechacz warmly gave a present of wholehearted Mazurka opus 17-4 as an encore.

His next concert on the agenda is scheduled at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
Washington Performing Arts Society, Washington DC on Feb.27.

Tickets were sold out six months ago.

Press release from WPAS
(Thanks to Roman Frackowski for the info.)

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, from the stage


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