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Oct 22, 2010

Chopin was with Rafał in Fukuoka, October 21, 2010


Rafał Blechacz gave a recital @Acros Fukuoka Symphony Hall on October 21. The hall’s acoustics accepted and conveyed Blechacz’s sound warmly and effectively, carrying all details and nuances to the ears of the public.

He looked relaxed, feeling at home and taking all freedom in phrasing and speaking Chopin’s language.

I was absorbed by his inspirational interpretations and became full of emotions, a mysterious experience.  It was as if Chopin was there on the stage behind Rafał, enjoying his interpretations, remembering Poland, feeling happiness.  Exactly five years ago, today, Rafał Blechacz was selected as the winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition.

“The way he produces each sound is like offering a prayer,” said my former boss (when I was a government official), now resident of Fukuoka.  He wanted to attend Blechacz’s concert last year (when Blechacz played Beethoven’s concerto No. 4) but couldn’t make it because all tickets were sold out, so he bought Blechacz’s CDs instead.  This year I invited him but he already bought the ticket and brought with him his colleague, too. The colleague, a young piano music lover, was amazed.  “How is it possible to produce such tremendous, a wide variety of sounds from such a slender body?”

The entire audience was getting concentrated as the program proceeded. When Blechacz completed Polonaises op.26, silence prevailed into the hall and I anticipated Blechacz will go straight to Mazurkas, but someone began clapping hands and he stood up to bow cordially.  The ending of Ballad No. 2 was quiet, suggestive. (And fortunately, there was no disturbance by cell phone ring like Opera City Hall!)

All the three encores (Heroic Polonaise, posthumous Nocturne and Mazurka op50-2) were a blessing, a time of supreme bliss, given by the extraordinary pianist to the public in Fukuoka.  I was very fortunate to be able to be a part of the public. Actually, that Heroic Polonaise was the best in my life.  My Heartfelt gratitude to our gifted pianist!

(Recital program)
Ballad No.1 in G minor, op.23
Waltz op.34
Scherzo No.1 in B minor, op.20
Polonaises op.26
Mazurkas op.41
Ballad No.2 in F major, op.38


Before the concert @Acros Fukuoka

Before the concert I was told by the organizer that no autographic session was planned.  But after the concert, people who wanted to greet with the artist lined towards the artist room.  The queue was so long and it became an autographic session.  According to a blog written by a resident of Fukuoka, it was the longest queue in her experience at Acros Fukuoka.

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