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Dec 21, 2011

Interview in 2007 (3)


The interview (3) that Rafał Blechacz gave in April 2007 which was included in the program booklet of his 2007 Japan tour. Please note that this interview was carried out more than four years ago and therefore some of his remarks are not current.

Interview (1)
Interview (2)


Impression of Japan
I've toured in Japan three times after participating in the Hamamatsu Competition. The time I spent there is the longest outside of Poland. This Japan tour (in 2007) is the fourth one and my fifth visit. I’m grateful for being able to play in these excellent concert halls for the nice and friendly audience. I feel very much relaxed when playing for you. I have an impression that the audience understands my interpretation fully and shows honest reactions. During my previous tour (in 2006), I had an opportunity to visit Kyoto and was deeply impressed by the historical city. It’s a great joy to visit such a city which gives me more knowledge of culture and history. It’s not easy to describe difference between Poland and Japan but it can be humorously compared to the differences between men and women. We are different but interested in each other. One example is food. What you eat is very different from what I eat daily in Poland. I’m very interested in trying various Japanese food. To be honest, I like some Japanese food; sushi and shabushabu, in particular.

About the repertoire of the recital for 2007 Japan tour
I played all Chopin program for my previous Japan tour (2006). So I decided to introduce works by other composers from my repertoire. Bach is the composer I was deeply fascinated, especially by his organ music, which became the catalyst for me to quest for music. Liszt offers virtuosic music. Debussy, I play for colors of music. I’ve performed works by Liszt and Debussy many times and their pieces have been included in my concert repertoire. If I want to explore style of a music work in-depth and in order to play Chopin’s music better, I need to enter deep into heritages from other composers. Playing Debussy’s works is a worthy challenge because it strongly requires building up coloristic traits in each single phrase. By playing pieces by Liszt, I can deepen understanding of technical skills and sounds. I entrust the audience and critics with any judgments of my interpretation. I’ll just do my best. (End of the interview)

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