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Feb 19, 2010

Blechacz's playing/interview broadcast on Feb.23

On Feb.22, Rafał Blechacz will perform Chopin's Piano Concerto in F minor for the Special Birthday Concerts on the 200th Anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s Birth with Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Antoni Wit.

On Feb.23, at 19:00 (CET), the entire concert will be broadcast by Polish Radio 2.

Polish Radio program site 
Click on słuchaj w internecie to hear the program.

R. Schumann – Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61
F. Chopin – Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21

During the intermission, an interview with Rafał Blechacz will also be broadcast.

(Many thanks to Dana for the info.)

* The Chopin 2010 site provides the opposite order of the program; Chopin first, Schumann next. I don't know to which order PR2 will air the program. Please be careful if you want to listen to Blechacz's playing.

* Please be reminded that the broadcasting is subject to a sudden change/cancellation withoug prior notice.

Program site of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
Description of Rafał Blechacz at the website of Philharmonic Orchestra. (Thanks to Dana.)
From Rzeczpospolita dated Feb.18, titled "Genius could have two birthdays", explaining why Fryderyk Chopin has two birthdays and how the birthday week will be celebrated, with description of contributing musicians.
(↑This photo comes from this article.)

Let's say Happy Birthday, Fryderyk Chopin♪ and sing together for him.

Sto lat, sto lat,
Niech żyje, żyje nam.
Sto lat, sto lat,
Niech żyje, żyje nam,
Jeszcze raz, jeszcze raz, niech żyje, żyje nam,
Niech żyje nam!

A hundred years, a hundred years,
May he (she) live for us.
A hundred years, a hundred years,
May he live for us.
Once again, once again, may he live, live for us,
May he live for us! )

I don't know if "Sto lat" was already sung in Chopin's era for happy occasions. But this is the song from today's fans of Fryderyk Chopin.

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