Preludia - Unofficial website for Rafal Blechacz


Apr 28, 2010

Virtuoso Voices-Blechacz interview segments(audio)

"Virtuoso Voices" provides short interview segments by virtuosos. Each segment lasts for approximately 20 seconds.
From this site, I found five interview segments by Rafał Blechacz.

Funny man - Haydn.
"We forget about him because maybe Haydn is not so famous (laughs) like Beethoven and Mozart but his compositions are incredible. So I play a lot of sonatas by Joseph Haydn and I think he was a very funny man (laugh). There are a lot of a lot of fragments, which has a lot of joy, there are a lot of funny.”

Finding sounds from opera - Mozart.
"It helped me to find right sound. Haydn thought about the orchestra, he wrote a lot of symphonies and I think that the orchestra’s thinking is audible in his composition. But when I recorded Mozart’s sonata, I thought about the opera. I think it was the first love for, for Mozart, the opera.”

Composer's intention and interpretation
"I think it’s very important to keep the right balance between emotions and the intellectual way for the interpretation. But of course I’m thinking about my own vision. I would like to create own vision and I want to show my emotions, my feelings. But the most important is to show feelings by the composer.”

Just like me - Chopin
"I realized that this music is very close to my heart, it’s very close to my personality. For example, melancholy but also a lot of joy and I am always very happy when I can express these emotions, these feelings with the music. Sometimes I have to enter into Chopin’s feelings, into his emotions and recreate them afresh.”

Orchestra and Polish conductor - for Chopin's Concertos
"For me there is a velvet sound, very soft, which is very important in Chopin’s music and the second: conductor. I chose a Polish conductor because I think that Polish conductor can feel a special atmosphere which are in Chopin’s composition, especially in the finals of these concertos.”

Can you tell which interview each segment comes from?
I think the 4th one "Just like me - Chopin" may come from Blechacz't interview with NPR in US this year (or maybe not).
The 5th one is similar to the interview to compose the trailer for "Chopin The Piano Concertos" but they are not identical.

For the other three, I have no idea!
My guess is that these fragments are parts of (a) interview(s) that he gave in Germany and broadcast voiced-over with German translation. (It could be a wrong guess!)

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