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Oct 26, 2011

Blechacz to perform Chopin's Concerto with London Philharmonic Orchestra, Oct 26 /interviewed by BBC3

Rafał Blechacz will play Chopin's concerto in F minor with London Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Jaap van Zweden at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

program page
"Due to illness, Maria João Pires has withdrawn from this concert at short notice, and has been replaced by Rafał Blechacz, winner of the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2005."

On Oct. 25, Blechacz did a rehearsal with the orchestra at the Robert Wood Hall.  He also was interviewed by BBC3 (@1:20 after Haydn and @1:34) and performed mazurkas (A flat major and E minor from Op.41) live.
(Presented by Sean Rafferty)

Another link to the same program of BBC3

**Attention! BBC's program is available only for the next seven days.  So the program Blechacz joined will be audible until the end of this month!

Rafał Blechacz @BBC3

London Philharmonic Orchestra's blog post about the change of the soloist
Pianist Magazine article about the change of the soloist

If I remember correctly, this is his second appearance at the Royal Festival Hall in London.  The first one was on Nov.11, 2008, playing Chopin's concerto in E minor. (conductor: Charles Dutoit)
 Read a review.

His last appearance in London was on Dec.7, 2010, giving a recital at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Read a review.


  1. In case you don't know yet, you can find his appearance on BBC3 at the following

    Blechacz appearance is after 1:33:50

    I love bbc3!

  2. I absolutely love new interviews! And his playing, of course, was charming as ever. I just wish he could pop across the pond just as easily as over the channel and give a quick recital over here.
    Despite the standard questions, I thought the interview was funny: the host's pronunciation of Blechacz is sort of quirky, and I thought Rafal's mix up of yesterday and tomorrow was oddly cute. And I enjoyed the way he ended one of his sentences with "yeah," a habit that my biology teacher is trying to force us out of though I suppose we have no excuse for our nonstandard use of English.

  3. I love this playing Mazurkas (what a sereneness and rhythm!) and his speaking English, yeah :P

    He tends to have accent on the syllable 2nd from the last (influenced by his mother tongue), which gives a unique and charming flow of words. His ability of voice production (enabling to talk very quick with clear pronunciation of consonants) is amazing for me. (I'm a slow speaker.) Like his playing piano.

    The presenter’s pronunciation of “ch” of Blechacz is acceptable. Sometimes I’m worried that some Polish names are disguised in English. Eg Piotr Beczała is often pronounced Bechala. Krzystof Urbański’s first name is called Christoff or Chris by his orchestra’s members in US. Hope that Rafał’s mame will be preserved and pronounced right as he becomes more global. This “ł” is very charming.

  4. Akiko,

    Thank you for publishing the link to this interview. I've also had plenty of fun listening to it; the Mazurkas were superb as usually: he must have studied them profoundly, yet they sound extremely natural, as if shaped by the Polish wind :) And for all his stresses on the preultimate syllables (which is very Polish indeed)and funny "Polish" mistakes, his English has improved a lot! Now he has much more self-confidence when speaking it and that sounds great:)

    BR, Marzena Jaworska

  5. Dear Marzena,

    --natural as if shaped by the Polish wind--


    Yes his English is great. I remember a British concertgoer/writer described it as "impeccable English".

    I also remember you once said that his talking in Polish is like his piano play; simple and extremely well-mannered, but also very clear and well organized; he is very clear about the message.

    Thanks for the comment.


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