Rzeczpospolita, a major national daily in Poland, introduces Rafał Blechacz's new album "DEBUSSY SZYMANOWSKI" on its website on Dec. 29.
"Another face of Rafał Blechacz"
(Rough summary of the article written by Jacek Marczyński).
Rafał Blechacz’s new album scheduled to be released from Deutsche Grammophon on February 1, 2012 will be a surprise for those who regard Blechacz as Chopin’s expert. The world’s best label, which had an exclusive contract with Blechacz in 2006 just after his brilliant victory in the Chopin Competition and extended the contract after releasing two albums by Blechacz, has produced three of his albums, which sold 160 thousand copies worldwide...
(then the author describes DG's engagement with other artists such as Krystian Zimerman to reiterate that its contract with Blechacz is beneficial to the label.)
.....Now the time has come for Blechacz to cease to be seen as a specialist of Chopin’s music and to change the image. The new album consists of works by Karol Szymanowski and Claude Debussy with which Blechacz seeks the opportunity to present the wealth of colors and moods of music. It is worth recalling that he had already performed the music by these two composers for long years even before the Chopin competition in 2005. If you are interested in how he interpret them now, you need to wait until Feb. For now please visit DG’s website.