Rafał Blechacz will play a recital for Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele on May 25 at Rokokotheater, his return to this prestigious festival since last year.
(From a preview of the program page of Schwetzingen Festival)
When Chopin was about the same age as his countryman Rafał Blechacz, he lived in one of the happiest phases of his life. He had gotten very well accustomed to Paris, played in the hearts of the people and could come up with remarkable financial successes. The musical career of Rafał Blechacz has also been under a lucky star. As a 20-year old, he won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, one of the most internationally sought-after awards for pianists. Invitations from around the world followed. That the critics burst into ovations of applause is not always granted. They praised his sense of nuances of pianistic colors, his refined touch and his energetic radiation.
“Rafał Blechacz has the ability”, beamed the Washington Post, “to place musical lines in high relief, drawing clear dynamic and textural distinctions between voices”.
So it fits only in the picture when Blechacz’s first CD with the Preludes of Chopin reached the gold status already one day after the launch.
Nietzsche’s famous coined phrase on Barcarolle of Chopin that “gods themselves, when they heard it, might yearn to lie long summer evenings in a boat” can apply to the art of Blechacz in the whole extent.