I knew about Rafał Blechacz first time on TV program of his recital from 2006 Japan tour. It was on May 11, 2007, when I was doing job prep, reading some medical stuff and turned to the TV for a change, finding an unknown pianist playing Chopin's sonata in B minor, 1st movement. It transfixed me on the spot. It was unprecedented. The limpid, noble sound touched the deepest part of my heart.
I began searching news about this incredible artist. A lot of treasures were out there. In this Polish Radio program, for example, he was thanking parents in his town soon after winning the Chopin Competition.
Four years have passed since then. The short period is worth a hundred years for me.
I wanted to "celebrate" the anniversary privately by viewing the taped TV recital that cast a spell on me and found that I've lost the precious recording (OMG!) after sharing it with many RB friends overseas.
So let me watch the video from 2005 Chopin Competition instead.
Chopin's Piano Sonata in B minor 1st movement
by Rafał Blechacz
My heart is full with big thanks to him.
It is serendipitous--I was remembering Blechacz's playing the sonata and this video appeared on Youtube just today♥
Also I was thinking about Zimerman when finding out my Facebook friends shared this video of "Young Kristian Zimerman.
(Thanks to Karolina and Konstancja)
Then my thoughts were extended to Zimerman's playing concerto by Beethoven and I posted his performance with Bernstein on my personal blog. There I received a comment from Sandrine in Seattle that she was glad because she respects these two musicians and was just thinking about this exact performance. It's a beautiful day of serendipity.