Preludia - Unofficial website for Rafal Blechacz


Aug 31, 2011

Homage to Franz Liszt

Leaflet of BOZAR "Poland in Focus"

Program page of BOZAR

Orchestre National de Belgique
Crystalline charm

September 15 at 20:00 Palais des Beaux-Arts / Salle Henry Le Bœuf
Antoni Wit, direction; Rafał Blechacz, piano;  Orchestre National de Belgique

Henryk Mikolaj Górecki, Kleines Requiem für eine Polka, Op.66
Franz Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 2, S.125
Witold Lutosławski, Concerto for Orchestra

The undisputed winner of the prestigious Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 2005, the Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz was quick to make an impression around the world, demonstrating behind his reserved appearance the crystalline touch, abundant imagination and above all the great musical heart. Under the guidance of his compatriot Antoni Wit, he is measured by the Second Piano Concerto of Franz Liszt. The session to pay tribute to the supreme Hungarian composer and pianist born 200 years ago.

A mini review of BOZAR's previous season -Chopin by Polish pianists

 "The Poles know how to play Chopin better than others? The question is worth asking at the 200th anniversary of his birth-even if Gide saw in him certainly a Polish heart, but above all a French profile. Three Polish pianists, including two first prizes and one sixth of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, played during this season. Krystian Zimerman, first, has the sharp sense of introspection and the quest for perfection that guide him on stage only when he is entirely possessed by his vision. Chopin without affectations, without showoff, Chopin incisive and hallucinated that has as much of the Preludes and Fugues of Bach as Preludes of Debussy. Like a mirror, the young pianist Rafał Blechacz displays a more classical approach, but immediately finds all its profoundness in the poetic realm of the work. Finally, in the Second Concerto, we welcome a rare appearance of Janusz Olejniczak, who was incarnated in Chopin in the Zulawski’s film and played the hands in Polanski's The Pianist...."


  1. That's true. The best Chopin interprets are mostly polish: Rubinstein, Adam harasiewicz, Zimerman, and Blechacz. Especially the Mazurkas have such a strong touch of Poland. I think Chopin composed Mazurkas for the love of his polish home where he could never see again in his life time.

  2. I hope there will be a video of the Liszt concert by Rafal Blechacz.It's such a pity that they had to remove the wonderfull video's you tubes of Hamburg 1/5 2/5 etc.

    Kindest regards en my compliments for the beautiful site.

  3. I agree 100% with lotus-eater --especially about mazurkas and Chopin's longing for the home country.

    I listened to Blechacz playing this concerto by Liszt via web radio earlier this year. The performance in Jan 2004 was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Regrettable that Arte video was deleted. But he is the artist of long years of future and therefore, listeners will have a lot of opportunities.


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