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Mar 14, 2011

Rafał Blechacz returns to Salle Pleyel

Rafał Blechacz will play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, at Salle Pleyel in Paris, on March 16 and 17.  Rafał has our best wishes for success.

Salle Pleyel website
Orchestre de Paris website
related posting of this blog (video)

"It is one of my favorite music.
Among other things, the atmosphere that the sound of the second movement creates reminds me of story of Orpheus, a hero of Greek myths,
who dared to rescue Eurydice from Hades: the land of the dead.

How the soloist and the orchestra sound together is elaborately calculated to make this music incredibly dramatic,
striking us with the fear on one hand and filling us with spirits of love and mercy on the other.

Overall, the piece offers the color of spring,
with trills, fast passage developments and sounds of high range,
but I think that the dramatic passages are also remarkably fine worthy to be admired.

I am profoundly impressed by the characteristics presented by this and other pieces by Beethoven".

(Rafał Blechacz's thoughts on this concerto from interview in autumn 2008)


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