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Jan 13, 2011

Rafał Blechacz's performance to be aired by Polish Radio2

Rafał Blechacz's performance of Piano Concerto No.2 in A major by Franz Liszt will be broadcast by Polish Radio 2, on Friday, January 14,
@13:00 14:00 or 13:00?? (Poland local time).
The air time and program title have been changed according to the latest program page. It begins at 14:00 and the program lasts for 30 minutes.
But according to a Polish newspaper, the broadcast begins at 13:00.  
I don't know which notice is right.  We'll see...

This performance was recorded seven years ago on January 18, 2004 at Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw.  Blechacz was 18 years old.

(program)
Franz Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 in A major
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64

piano solo: Rafał Blechacz, Polish Radio Orchestra, directed by Wojciech Rajski.

Polish Radio program page
To see the playlist, select 14 from the calendar on the top and go to "13:00 Trzy godziny pod słońcem" "14:00 Koncerty z pamięci" under Dwójka.

To listen to the program live, click on Dwójka.
If then you click on four arrows on the player on top-right, a separate window will pop up where you can select from WMA or Flash.

**Deep appreciation to Beata and Dana, fans of Blechacz in Poland, for informing me of the great news.

**Please be reminded that the planned broadcast is subject to sudden change/cancellation without prior notice.


**It was aired at 13:00 in the end.
The presenter explained that this performance on 18th of January 2004 took place two months after the 5th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in which Blechacz won the 2nd prize and way before the 2005 Warsaw Chopin Competition, organized by the Health Promotion Foundation, at Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw.

I received listeners' voices who were amazed by the powerful, clear and "perfect" performance of by the 18 years old virtuoso.

Blechacz had won the award performing this concerto participating in the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk when he was young.


“Rafał Blechacz – Starry young Lisztian.
......he demonstrated what you ought to demonstrate in these pieces: a big technique and a Romantic imagination. In other words, Mr. Blechacz is a Lisztian.
.....He is brash, smiling, and talented. Even when he's wrong, he's not boring. He obviously enjoys playing the piano, and being a phenom. I like him a lot. You will too."
(Jay Nordlinger, on Blechacz's recital at Salzburg, Aug. 2008)


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