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Dec 10, 2010

Rafał Blechacz in Vienna


On December 10, Rafał Blechacz will play Chopin's Concerto with ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Cornelius Meister.
@ The Konzerthaus in Vienna.
to finalize the Chopin Year in Vienna.

Chopin 2010 website
Vienna ticket office

Rafał Blechacz's recital at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London was successful.  The house was full and   there were many Poles and quite a few Japanese in the audience, according to a blog by British pianist/composer.  I saw twitter feed written by a Russian who was mesmesized by the beauty of Blechacz's interpretation.  I also know a Spanish fan going to this recital.  And my acquaintance said that a couple of Italian speakers were seated next to her.

I've obtained Blechacz's words about the program in London from program booklet.

"For my London recital I have chosen composers who are close to my heart.  Bach was my first fascination and early memories from my childhood are of going to church and listening to Bach's organ music, which I loved.  Even now, when I have free time and I am in my town, I like going to the church and playing the organ, sometimes during the mass.  The first piano competition I entered was the All Polish Bach Competition in Gorzow in 1996.  In my programme I have also included music by Debussy which made me more sensitive to the colours and shades of the sound which are so important to the interpretation.
  "The Chopin bicentenary in 2010 has been a special time for me as a Chopin Prize Winner and I would like to present his music all over the World.  I decided that the second part of my recital in London should be devoted to Chopin but I also chose one piece by Szymanowski.  Szymanowski's music is very interesting and beautiful but unfortunately is not so well-known in this country so I am very happy to be able to play it in London."

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