Preludia - Unofficial website for Rafal Blechacz


Jun 19, 2011

Recording of historic value

Another archive of magazine.
German magazine "Focus--Ausgezeichnet (Excellent)! 2010-2011" has pages for awardees of 2010 Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Prize of the German Record Critics).

You can browse the magazine from here. 

Turn a page and you'll see Rafał Blechacz, as the winner of classical category, for his legendary recording of Chopin's two concertos.

Click on PLAY DEMO above the photo of "Chopin The Piano Concerto" and you'll hear the 3rd movement of the concerto in F minor.

"He is not only a virtuoso, he is also a poet," wrote Heinrich Heine on Chopin. In 1829 and 1830 when he composed his two piano concertos, he was just 20 years old.
175 years later, a congenial virtuoso and poet triumphed, also only twenty-year-old Pole Rafał Blechacz with the E minor concerto at the 2005 Warsaw Chopin Competition.

The recording of two works by Deutsche Grammophon benefited from the impressive Acoustics of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and its excellent orchestra. Blechacz’s playing, supported well by the conductor Jerzy Semkow, boasts of impeccable technique and youthful verve. More than that, the creative power of the young performer affects. His beautifully balanced rubati, extract melodic phrases with a restrained magic and plunge us into the 'sweet abyss' (Heine) that makes Chopin's art so compelling."

"On the 200th Anniversary of Chopin it gives me a very great pleasure to present his music…. I especially like the beautiful melodies, cantabile style, as well as the harmonies and modulations.
--Rafał Blechacz for Zeit"

Original interview for Zeit (German)
Partial translation of the interview for Zeit (English)

About Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Prize of the German Record Critics).

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