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Mar 30, 2011

Rafał Blechacz's playing Chopin to be broadcast by Polish Radio2, April 3

Rafał Blechacz's Chopin concerto in E minor playing with NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg will be broadcast by Polish Radio2, @19:00 on April 3.

Conductor: Krzysztof Urbański
Hamburg, November 21, 2010

Polish Radio website
Click on the speaker logo before Dwójka, to listen to the program.
To see Blechacz's program, go to April 3 and 19:00 Philharmonia Dwójki.

(Thanks to Dana and Beata from Poland for the info♪)

Relevant posting of this blog

Mar 29, 2011

Successful in Bologna; going to Konzerthaus Berlin

Rafał Blechacz completed the recital in Bologna successfully on March 28.
Responding to the never ending applause, he gave two encores.

His next item on the agenda is a recital at Konzerthaus in Berlin, April 7.
Konzerthaus program page

Press release from Konzerthaus Berlin, March 28

(Excerpt)
It is not so easy to prevail against all these styled sunshine boys at the piano. But Rafał Blechacz seems to have found a loophole: The 25-year-old Pole is ordinary and just normal. Earthy, unspectacular. Lives at home in the small town Nakło nad Notecią - because "it is so calm and peaceful that I can well concentrate on my artistic work”. He jogs in the nearby woods, reads a lot and studies alongside philosophy at university of Posznan (sic). "If I sit in an airplane or somewhere in a hotel, I always read books."

(The release goes back to his winning the 2005 Competition in Warsaw, getting lots of supports extended by Krystian Zimerman after the winning and the professional relationship he maintains with Zimerman since then.)

The critics give it right: "He is a pianist who understands to tell about the music", wrote the magazine Crescendo. Consistently, the pianist pursues a seriousness that is rare in the show-world. When the non-musical obligations threatened some time ago to take the upper hand, Blechacz simply retreated: "I notice that I practice too little exactly, therefore I decided to take a holiday. To be on holiday at the piano."




Mar 28, 2011

Review of Rafał Blechacz's recital @Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome by Corriere della Sera

Corriere della Sera (March 27) posts a review of Rafał Blechacz's recital @Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome, March 25.

Written by Luigi Bellingardi

Natural Sensitivity, Rafał Blechacz
After the affirmation in the last season, highly expected was the return of Rafał Blechacz to Santa Cecilia the other day, the unanimous winner of the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw and the protagonist with a brilliant international career since then.

For the recital of dual aspect with Mozart, Debussy and Szymanowski in the first part the young Polish artist quickly showed the brilliant fingerwork on keyboard, of lightweight character sometimes playful in recreating gallant tone, the virtuosity that characterizes the Nine Variations on Arietta "Lison dormait" K.264 composed by Mozart at age of 20 during his stay in Paris. And in the subsequent execution of Debussy “L' Isle Joyeuse " Blechacz stunned by sumptuous sonority, the pronounced sense of color and timbre effects despite some over-acceleration in dynamic contrasts. With similar boldness the inventive pianist has dealt with the Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op.8 by Szymanowski, perhaps the least convincing sonata by the Polish composer of the early twentieth century not only because of monumental complexity and the abundant wealth of ideas and instrumental attitudes; actually the author was still in search of his own stylistic autonomy.


With all the different aspects the second part of the recital, devoted entirely to Chopin. And here's the talent, musicality “marcatissimo”, a spontaneous and immediate pianism, a mellow sound and well-stamped, performed with extreme naturalness by Rafał Blechacz, I literally sat up on the chair. And it has been an uninterrupted succession of emotions right from the anxious start of the Ballade in G minor, Op. 23. With extraordinary sensitivity the young pianist has revived the most fascinating characters of the two Polonaise op. 26, the four Mazurkas Op. 41, Ballade in F major op.38. Triumph of consensus at the end and two encores, of course, Chopin.

Mar 27, 2011

Review of Rafał Blechacz's recital @Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid

A review written by José Luis Pérez de Arteaga, posted on la Razón, on March 26.

see original review on la Razón (Spanish)


Rafał Blechacz- - Follow this pianist.
Ciclo de Grandes Intérpretes (Cycle of the Great Pianists)

Madrid is a home territory for the great pianists: Elisabeth Leonskaja has just performed and Lang Lang has completed a tour in March for five performances that included recitals, chamber music and a concerto with orchestra. Joining this junction now is the Polish Rafał Blechacz, a young artist of 26 years old, the winner of the 2005 Warsaw Chopin competition, and virtually unknown in this place, but his record company, Deutsche Grammophon, would insist on setting a signing on discs at the end of the concert where almost all attendees came asking: "Raphael, what?".

Blechacz is, like many virtuosos of the present time, a born "digitologist", with a sort of octopus fingers able to give all the notes of any score, or even twice, if necessary. His musicality and concentration in a genuine program "totum revolutum (total revolution)" were not very high in the first part of the session, with the artist determined to gain as much time as possible by avoiding greetings and connecting a piece to another (was he expected to be a dinner party?). His "Variations in C major" by Mozart were neat, his exciting reading of "L'Isle joyeuse" by Debussy constituted a “digitologic” display and almost the same occurred to less busy “Sonata No. 1" by his compatriot Szymanowski, although in the latter the job done by Blechacz developed in the finale, with the imposing fugue and the majestic conclusion.

Then came Chopin ...
In the second part, immersed in a repertoire that is much more appropriate for him, the music of Chopin, the young performer was shining at various times, at the unusual height, making understandable his awards, his recording contracts and his ascending international career. And the very introductory bars of the "Ballade No. 1 in G minor" indicated that we had crossed another door, and perhaps the greatest moment of the night came in the formidable translation of "Polonaise No. 2"; in the central section of the anthology the artist opened the chest of poetics. The two encores, the "Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op Posthumous by the same Chopin, and the Scherzo of the" Sonata in A major, Op 2 / 2 "by Beethoven, revalidated the height conquered in the second half. Thus Blechacz made his presentation with merits and demerits: he is very young and can say a lot, we must not lose sight of him.

Wonderful experience at Sala Santa Cecilia

A beautiful review by an audience member at Sala Santa Cecilia, Rome, March 25.

".......Stepping out onto the stage to warm applause – applause that would get even warmer and eventually turn to rapturous cheers of bravo as the evening progressed - at first glance the 25-year-old Blechacz seems, if anything, even younger than his years; with his angelic looks and slight figure, he strikes a boyish pose, until of course, his hands touch the keys and that deceptive youthfulness is tempered by a maturity in his playing that leaves one quietly awestruck...."

read more

Click the photo to see the original preview.
Preview of his recital at Musica Insieme, Bologna, on March 28.
introducing his career since the 2005 Chopin Competition,
describing the repertoire for the recital, posted on Informazione on March 27,
titled, "Musica Insieme is home to a great future of international pianism".

Mar 26, 2011

Rafał Blechacz at Sala Santa Cecilia, the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome.

On March 25, Rafał Blechacz made a recital debut at Sala Santa Cecilia at the Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome.
There was thunderous applause at the end and he thanked the audience with two encores.

The hall is one of the largest with 2800 seats and has one of the best acoustics in the world.

Rafał Blechacz performed Chopin's concerto in F minor for four days in a row (three nights and a day) in the same room in Feb. last year to inaugurate the Chopin Year in Rome.

watch video of last year at Sala Santa Cecilia

(Courtesy R. F)

Mar 25, 2011

Requiem by New York Philharmonic

As was already announced last week, Music Director Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic performed Takemitsu's Requiem in sympathy for the Japanese people. The recording of this performance is now available for download through InstantEncore and other online music stores. Proceeds will benefit relief efforts in Japan.

Link for downloading from NY Philharmonic website

Words of sympathy by Alan Gilbert and Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor of the program)
Perfomance of Toru Takemitsu's Requiem for String Orchestra,
March 17, 2011


Artists support Japan.
From Japan Atrs Facebook (Japanese)
Valery Gergiev played Verdi Requiem in St. Petersburg and is planning an event at Tchaikowsky Hall in May. Mariss Jansons and BRSO dedicated their concerts in Munich on March 17 and 18 and another in Vienna with Mitsuko Uchida as a soloist.  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will play German Requiem by Brahms at Berlin Cathedral on March 26.  Several artists sent messages of sympathy and spiritual supports to the agent.  Japanese artists have been doing various benefit activities inside and outside of the country.  In Japan, now in Tohoku (north) and Tokyo metropolitan area it is not possible to hold a concert because of damages and power supply shortage.  So benefit concerts are held in regions that are not hit by the disaster.

Mar 24, 2011

Rafał Blechacz's Polonaise Op.26 by Frederic Chopin (podcast)

Minnesota Public Radio on March 24, 2011, introduces Rafał Blechacz's performance from his recital on Feb. 6 at Sundin Music Hall, Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN.

"From his sold-out Frederic Chopin Society recital last month, Rafał Blechacz demonstrates the awe-inspiring artistry that makes him one of the top pianists in the world".
(Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio)

"Rafał's music is a message from God that brings consolation to all of us."
(Marlena, my mentor)


Frederic Chopin, Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26/1 and Polonaise in E-flat minor, Op. 26/2




(Courtesy Frederic Chopin Society, MN)


(Thanks to Konstancja for the quick delivery of the info.)

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The J.S. Bach Piano Competition in Gorzów Wielkopolski will begin on Monday.
This article mentions about Rafał Blechacz as one of the laureates in the competition's history (1996).
Website of the competition

Mar 23, 2011

Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle team up for Japan benefit concert

Berlin's Philharmonic and Staatskapelle orchestras _ complete with conductors Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim _ will play a benefit concert next week for victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

The Philharmonic said Tuesday that the event will be staged March 29 (20:00) at its concert hall in Berlin.

Rattle will lead the Philharmonic's performance of Brahms' Symphony No. 4 and Barenboim will conduct the Staatskapelle as it plays Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6.

All ticket proceeds will go to Japan through the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF Japan). Those who can't get to Berlin can listen to a webcast of the performance, whose proceeds also will benefit Japan.

Program page
Read the news at Berliner Philharmoniker website
From this website, you can go to Digital Concert Hall where you can watch the concert for a fee.
(Language: English, German, Japanese are supported.)



Fragment from 4th movement of Brahms Symphony no.4,
Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Simon Rattle



Mahler no.2 "Resurrection" ending by Simon Rattle

From Mardid to Rome and Bologna--Rafał Blechacz

"Rafał finished his recital tonight in Madrid a la Sala Sinfónica of Auditorio Nacional de Música to a big applause. The public couldn't stop clapping until he gave two encores. The concert hall is very good and of a modern design.  A big success in Madrid again".
(from R. F, 21:37 March 22 CET)

Congrats Rafał!
Rafał Blechacz will go to Italy to give recitals in Rome and Bologna, on 25th and 28th of March.

↓From a preview of the recital @Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, March 25

Piccolo grande Blechacz
(Excerpt)
".....Five years have passed and Rafał Blechacz is now fully included in the empyrean of the most extraordinary performers of the entire piano repertoire, with a natural predilection for his illustrious compatriot, Frederic Chopin. The sparkle of his fluid fingering, the freshness with which he redraws on the keyboard more lyrical moments without any shadow of rhetorical emphasis, the prodigious technique that allows him to address rigorously the authors of the classical period and to return them with a surprising maturity for his very young age, making him one of the artists to be followed with increasing attention.

Back to Sala Santa Cecilia after the exciting debut last year with the Second Concerto by Chopin.....".

Program site of the recital @Teatro Comunale, Musica Insieme, Bologna, March 28

Mar 21, 2011

Energetic applause in Burgos

"Rafał has just finished his recital in Burgos (Sunday, March 20). The public was very appreciative and applauded Rafał loudly, energetically for a long while. He played an encore for them: Nocturne by Chopin, Op. Posthum".


On March 22, Rafał Blechacz will give another recital at Sala Sinfónica of Auditorio Nacional de Música, Madrid.


Click photo to see 360 view of the hall.

Happy birthday to Johann Sebastian.  (I knew it from Mary.)
He was born on March 21, 1685,  300 years older than Rafał.

Mar 20, 2011

The prodigious Pole--preview of Madrid recital by El País

El País on March 20, written by Miguel Pérez Martín,
"Classical music for the coming week
The prodigious Pole"

"Rafał Blechacz has already surpassed his stage of promise, although only 25 years old. With a face of a good student, this Pole revolutionized piano in 2005 when he won the Warsaw Chopin Competition, taking four other awards for his skill for the mazurka, polonaise, sonatas and concertos. No one had captured so many awards before. This week he's up to demonstrate his talent in Madrid, where he will give a concert on Tuesday at the National Auditorium. The program is a wonderful pride: Mozart, Debussy, Szymanowski and a barrage of pieces by Frédéric Chopin."


** El País (=The country)  is a national daily of Spain with the biggest circulation.

Mar 19, 2011

Still best selling--Chopin's concerti by Rafał Blechacz (Poland)

From salonkulturalny.pl, top 20  best selling albums, according to OLiS (official listing of sales), data collected by the recording industry association for a week between 7th and 13th of March.

Rafał Blechacz's "Chopin The Piano Concertos" is ranked the 3rd.
It looks like the listing of music of all categories, (not limited to classical music.)
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Mar 18, 2011

Recitals in Burgos and Madrid by Rafał Blechacz

Rafał Blechacz will give two recitals in Burgos and Madrid, Spain, on March 20 and 22.
Sincerely wish him a success.

Program site of recital at Casa de Cordón, Burgos

Program site of recital at Auditorio Nacional, Madrid
El Ciclo de Grandes Intérpretes (the cycle of the great interpreters) organized by Fundación Scherzo (Madrid).

Cathedral, Burgos


(From the website of Burgos:)
If Frederic Chopin had to pick the best interpreter of his music today, he would surely name this Polish pianist.

And it's no exaggeration. At age of 20 in 2005, Rafał Blechacz amazed the music world by winning in an unopposed manner the prestigious Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, plus all the special prizes of the contest. With just twenty-five years, Blechacz, a prodigy of virtuosity, naturalness and expressiveness, follows the trail of the great Polish pianists in history, way to go back to Landowska, Paderewski, Rubinstein and currently Zimerman. He raised Chopin prize emerging as the new star of the piano. But he knows how to measure his steps and despite being demanded by audiences and festivals all over the world, he is not lavish in his actions (40 concerts a year). And Cordón Cultural (Burgos) and Auditorio Nacional ( Madrid) are the only two events in Spain this season. The program, which cannot be otherwise, includes some of the finest compositions of Chopin, which are joined by Szymanowski (pure emotion and complexity), and Mozart and Debussy, which provide classical, style and perfection.



This website "1001 discs of classical music that you should listen to before you die" gives a briefing of the program in Madrid, titled, "Polish taste in the Cycle of the Great Interpreters", with links to videos of each piece on the agenda, so that the audience member can prep for the recital.
(Debussy L'isle joyeuse played by Horowitz, for example.)

You can help people in quake/tsunami hit area

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) is a well experienced NGO dedicated to helping people in distress.
They are professional.
PWJ is now working for the people in areas devastated by the earthquake/tsunamis on March 11 in North/East Japan.

PWJ is collecting donations to support its activities.

You can donate on PWJ website from any country.

From Salle Pleyel / New York

Rafał Blechacz played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 again with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, at Salle Pleyel in Paris, on March 17.

"Salle Pleyel was full and applauded Rafał with great enthusiasm and gratefully. He gave two encores again."
**encores: Mazurkas in E minor and A flat major, from Op. 41.
(R. F)

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Message from Alan Gilbert, music directer of New York Philharmonic



New York Philharmonic dedicates this week's concerts (March 17-19) to the people of Japan.
Alan's mother is Japanese, one of the violinists of New York Phil.

See detail from New York Philharmonic website

Mar 17, 2011

Rafał prays and plays in Paris

Rafał Blechacz played Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, at Salle Pleyel in Paris, on March 16.

“Rafał just finished at Salle Pleyel in Paris. Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Paavo Järvi, conductor and Orchestre de Paris. Gave two encores (two Chopin Mazurkas in E minor and A flat major, from op.41) because the audience was so enthusiastic! They couldn't stop clapping. A big success for Rafał!”


Rafał Blechacz and the Orchestre de Paris did dress rehearsal at 10:20 of the day.

“Rafal and his father think and pray deeply for the victims of the tragedy in Japan, they said  so after completing the dress rehearsal”.
(Quoted remarks from R. Frackowski)

The soloist and the orchestra will perform the same program on the following day, March 18 at Salle Pleyel.

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The Berliner Philharmoniker will dedicate their concerts on March 16-18 to Japan.
The concert on March 18 will be live-broadcast on Digital Concert Hall.

See Berliner Philharmoniker website.


This video is a message to Japan from Simon Rattle, etc...

Mar 14, 2011

Rafał Blechacz returns to Salle Pleyel

Rafał Blechacz will play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.4 with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, at Salle Pleyel in Paris, on March 16 and 17.  Rafał has our best wishes for success.

Salle Pleyel website
Orchestre de Paris website
related posting of this blog (video)



"It is one of my favorite music.
Among other things, the atmosphere that the sound of the second movement creates reminds me of story of Orpheus, a hero of Greek myths,
who dared to rescue Eurydice from Hades: the land of the dead.

How the soloist and the orchestra sound together is elaborately calculated to make this music incredibly dramatic,
striking us with the fear on one hand and filling us with spirits of love and mercy on the other.

Overall, the piece offers the color of spring,
with trills, fast passage developments and sounds of high range,
but I think that the dramatic passages are also remarkably fine worthy to be admired.

I am profoundly impressed by the characteristics presented by this and other pieces by Beethoven".

(Rafał Blechacz's thoughts on this concerto from interview in autumn 2008)

Mar 13, 2011

Beautiful people --- twitters from quake-hit regions and Tokyo



You are not alone
.(This video is made of the following tweets from PrayforJapan)
                               Facebook prayforjapan

"It's pitch dark but we've never seen so many beautiful stars. Look up, Sendai! -conversation at the quake site."

"Disneyland gave out sweets from their shops. Some high school girls got many as they can. I thought why, but they gave the sweets for children in evacuation site. That was really moving scene."

"My two year old was putting his shoes on himself saying "I'm going to go arrest the Earthquake!" I realized that inside a tiny body, there is a lot of courage and Justice. Everyone, let's stand strong and get through this.

"So busy traffic. Only one car can go across the traffic light per one blue light, but I was moved to see people drive gently with giving their way. Some intersecions has been completly stopped for more than 5 min., but I've never heard any horn sounds except the sounds said "Thank you" for 10 hours. I was sceard, but also I've had warming time, and came to like Japan more."

"Last night when I was tired out waiting for the train at the station, the homeless people gave me one of their cardboards to prevent the cold... even though we usually ignore them in daily life... So warm."


"There was a train driver who had been working all night long. When I went up to him and said "It must be tough for you", he smiled and said to me, "What else can I do at a time like this?" Made me rethink about the people of Japan. Moved me."

"People of Japan, please do not lose your kind hearts. Be gentle to the weak, be helpful to each other, and always have a forgiving heart. Everyone is anxious, just like you. This is our prayer, and we shall also keep this in our hearts."

The words of BBC’s reports are so moving they make me cry. They were praising us with words of admiration! “One of the worst earthquakes in recorded history has hit the world’s most well-prepared, well-trained nations. The strength of its government and its people are put to the test. While there have been casualties, in no other country could the government and the people have worked together in such an accurate and coordinated way in the face of such tragedy. The Japanese people have shown their cultural ability to remain calm in the face of adversity.”

more tweets from PrayforJapan
original Japanese
(Courtesy Kaori.  She and I are looking for whereabouts of our friend in a city close to Sendai).
(Our friend and her family were found safe on March 15♪)

**These tweets were introduced on CNN, on March 14.

Mar 12, 2011

Thanks

Many thanks to those who gave me caring words and wishes for safety of my family and friends.

I and my family are OK.  I don't get through to a friend of mine from school in one of the cities hit by tsunami.  Another friend doesn't make sure safety of her family.

It's heartbreaking to see devastations caused to the coastal regions by tsunamis and subsequent  fires.

Personally the latest quake is the second shock.  In the big quake in New Zealand last month, a group of young Japanese students lost their lives; they are from the city I was born,  and one of the victims is a daughter of my sister's colleague.

All I can do is to offer prayer.
(Sorry for using this space for such a personal account.)

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Prayer and wishes from the artist:

"Rafal and his family were very moved by this tragic development… The more so because in November 2006, the entire family spent time in Sendai, the city on the coast, north of Tokyo, that was hit the most. They liked that city very much. And now they see it in ruins. They are very sad about this. Rafal, his parents and sister want to convey their wishes and prayers to them…"
(R. Frackowski)

**He gave a recital in Sendai on November 29, 2006, the final leg of his tour when he gave 12 concerts in 24 days nationwide.  He played Polonaise op.53 as one of the encores on completing such an intensive tour schedule.  The noble performance impressed a lot of fans in Sendai.

Mar 11, 2011

Earthquake in Japan

Very huge earthquakes hit Japan in the afternoon, March 11 (Japan time).
The epicenter is off coast of Sendai, north part of Japan, M 8.8 (later modified to M 9.0).

Still no idea about the degree of damages, but I saw news clips of big tsunamis attacking coasts of north part of the country.

I live in Tokyo, over 300 km from the epicenter, but felt very strong jolts for minutes, so strong and was terrified that I became prepared for the worst.  Now I'm OK.

The phone companies put restrictions on the network use, and it's difficult to get your call through to the people in Tohoku (north) region and Tokyo.  But I received SMS and e-mails from friends in Poland who are concerned about my safety and I want to return thanks to them for that. .  And I sincerely hope that my friends/acquaintances in the most severely affected region are safe.

Mar 4, 2011

Rafał Blechacz talks about Beethoven's piano concerto No.4 (Video)

From Orchestre de Paris website:

See the video


Blechacz will play this great concerto of Beethoven on 16th and 17th of March @Salle Pleyel.


“Le Quatrieme concerto de Beethoven est mon préféré. “
Beethoven’s concerto No.4, it’s my favorite concerto. (Rafał Blechacz)

"…I’m always happy when I play this concerto because there are a lot of joys, also a lot of optimistic characters…".

Beethoven and Blechacz

"…I feel this concerto is very close to me, to my personality maybe, to my feelings, to my understanding of music…but there’s real Beethoven in this concerto….a lot of elements which are not so typical for Beethoven’s music, like for example, Pathetic Sonata or Moonlight Sonata…"

"…It’s different rubato than romantic music and Chopin’s music but especially in the late music by Beethoven, we MUST use rubatos sometimes…because it’s great, great music, a lot of romantic aspects, elements…"

"I think that freedom of interpretation is very important; freedom connected with the tempo, for example the rubato but also connected with the dynamic, coloristic aspects and a lot of different elements…"


From a review of Blechacz's playing this Beethoven's concerto in Warsaw, March 2009.
This is a review of the same concerto in Tokyo, Feb. 2009

Mar 3, 2011

Rafał Blechacz plays Chopin's Scherzo No.4 from 2005 Warsaw Competition(Video)



I think this video is rarely seen in some countries.  Personally, it was a "refreshing" when I heard this interpretation for the first time.  One of the many many reasons why I was so fascinated by this pianist.

Etude op.10-8


Polonaise op.53 + awards giving + other scenes (interesting!)


*****

Mar 2, 2011

Rafał Blechacz will give a recital combined with a discussion of musical interpretation, Toruń, April 16

Report by Gazeta.pl in Toruń, as of March 2, 2011.
The release has been reported by a lot of media in Toruń and Poland.

Rafal Blechacz will perform a recital on April 16 at the auditorium of Nicolaus Copernicus University, as a part of the program of the Festival of Arts and Sciences in Toruń.  This event is a continuation from last year’s discussion at Collegium Maximum of the university.  This year, the discussion about the art of musical interpretation will be an integral part of the musical performance by Blechacz.  The interpretation will be discussed by the artist, Fr. Prof. Andrzej Szostek from the Catholic University of Lublin, Prof. Jacek Jadacki - pianist and philosopher from the University of Warsaw, Dr. Anna Brożek from UW - very talented 30-year-old expert in the philosophy of music and Prof. Wladyslaw Stróżewski from the Jagiellonian University.
Admission will be free. Organizers have not decided yet how you can get free tickets.
Blechacz played in Torun in April last year.  The recital was dedicated to victims of the disaster near Smolensk.

Release byTorun naszemiasto
(Thanks to R.F.)

Release by Chopin 2010 published on March 14


There is a news that Adam Rozlach of Polish Radio will moderate the discussion.  (March 21)