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Rafał Blechacz may appear as a worthy heir to Zimerman or Pollini. Like his two older predecessors, he won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw.
Like the former, he is Polish and gives to his pianistic playing the elegance and refinement which he makes marveling in the works of Chopin. As Pollini, he architects each classical work with dignity and mastery.
If his arrival in the musical landscape is recent, people already talk about Rafał Blechacz as a prince whose fingers perform miracle of the light in the works of Chopin or Mozart. If his previous recordings demonstrate his commitment to melodic and brilliant works, the intelligence of Blechacz will impose his visions more tormented in the Sonata No. 1 of his compatriot Szymanowski.
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(About Szymanowski, quote from the interview Blechacz gave to The Michigan Daily, Feb. 2011)
Blechacz has also helped to revitalize interest in lesser-known Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. Born in 1882, Szymanowski found inspiration in Polish folk music and the works of Chopin. Before his death in 1937, Szymanowski produced a large body of work that included four symphonies and two violin concertos.
“Unfortunately, his pieces are not so popular (worldwide) and not so popular in Europe — not even in Poland,” Blechacz said. “So I’m happy that I can play his music during recitals around the world.”
Last month, Blechacz recorded two of Szymanowski’s works, including the composer’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in C minor, which he plans to play at Friday’s recital.
“It’s a very big piece in four movements,” Blechacz said. “There’s a lot of expression in this piece — a lot of beautiful melodies, a lot of interesting harmony and wonderful modulations. So I think that the audience will love this piece.”