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Apr 30, 2011

A picture is worth a thousand words -- Rafał Blechacz in Ann Arbor

Beautiful photos of Rafał Blechacz can be viewed from  © George Szelazek Photography, Michigan US. 

26 photos of Rafał Blechacz in Ann Arbor, Feb. 11 (recital) and 13 (chamber music concert) were taken by George Szelazek.
Very pleased to find it and I messasged George for the permission of posting the link.
He answered;
"You are writing a website of one of the greatest pianists, congratulations!"

On About & Welcome page of his site, George writes:

Welcome to my gallery
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Jedno zdjęcie warte 1000 słów.

Many thanks to George.

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It is from an article of Gazeta Pomorska on October 3, 2010.
A school in Olszewka, as non-public institution (in Nakło county, Poland) completed its expansion project under strict budget constraint and commissioning  was held preceded by the mass. A new standard was given.

The memorial plaque has the name of Józef Blechacz, imprinted as patron.  He is Rafał Blechacz's great grandfather and used be a principal (kierownik) of the school  before the Second World War and for a few years in post-war period.  The plaque was unveiled by Roman Blechacz, Rafał's uncle, because the virtuoso was then touring in Japan.


**In Blechacz's family, there was always a piano.  His great-grandpa, grandpa, father, uncle, all loved/loves playing piano.  (See Reportage of his childhood. )


**I found this article in Oct. last year but missed an opportunity to post it here 'cause there were many articles about Japan tour and others.
Rafał Blechacz and many from his family made donations for it although it is not written in this article.

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Apr 29, 2011

My favorite video from Vienna


Highlights - Das Kulturmagazin auf ATV.at
**Flash (latest version) is needed to watch the video.

I already posted this video from Vienna by Austria TV in January this year.  Why again now?
 ....I was talking about it with my friend
and I like its atmosphere.   Lubię to!

Rafał Blechacz appears at 10:48
Rehearsal with ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra for the concert on Dec. 10, 2010
Conductor: Cornelius Meister

Apr 22, 2011

Easter wishes

Wish you and your loved ones a blessed and happy Easter!




Inspired by a fan's view who saw colorful bubbles popping up surrounding Rafał Blechacz at the piano, letting her smile (from a recital review in NY).

Apr 18, 2011

Recital review (partial), Rafał Blechacz’s recital in Rome

A fragment of a review of Rafał Blechacz’s recital in Rome on March 25,
written by Mario Dal Bello, posted on Città Nuova (April 15).
To read the complete review, you are requested to subscribe to the site.

Original article from Città Nuova

(quote)
It's always a surprise to have a pianist identified in the music executing in a way to transport the public out of time with him.  It happens with Rafał Blechacz, 26, Polish. As already in a prestigious career, he maintains the charm, or love, of what he interprets. He performed seven songs: Nine Variations of young Mozart k. 264, L'Isle Joyeuse by Debussy, Sonata No 1 by Szymanowski. But his real masterpiece is Chopin. Needless to say, the beauty of Ballade No 1, two Polonaises, Op. 26, Four Mazurkas Op. 41 and Ballade No. 2. Those who have listened to him once will not stop at the memories of folk dancing, but will find some sentimental variety, the impetus of Slavic fire (fuoco) with which he can understand the lyrical Chopin. The summit was an encore of Nocturne summing up the evening with an impalpable poetry.
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Apr 17, 2011

From Toruń's event website

From Toruń's Festival of Science and Arts website (quote)

Courtesy Festival website, April 16.


DISCUSSION at the piano

On April 16 in the Auditorium of the UMK we were able to listen to the performance of the outstanding pianist Rafał Blechacz again .

During the debate on the art of musical interpretation, which was also attended by editor Adam Rozlach of Polish Radio and Fr. prof. Andrzej Szostek from the Catholic University of Lublin , the pianist, presented to the large audience his outstanding skills. Discussion illustrated by music with this performance met great appreciation by viewers.

April 16, 2011
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A comment by a viewer:
"It was great event. I'm still so excited about that.
During the discussing, Rafał talked about many interesting issues.
He talked about the interpretation of the piece of music on the example works of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven."
(Lots of thanks to Karolina♪)

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Apr 16, 2011

Rafał Blechacz talks about music interpretation

Japanese

Interview with Rafał Blechacz, posted on Gazeta.pl Toruń, on April 16.
As a preview of his playing and discussing interpretation of music at his university soon.

Original interview (Polish)


Rafał Blechacz plays and talks about music

Interview with Rafał Blechacz, last updated 2011-04-15 17:37

The more I'm in music, the more I deal with different interpretations; I go to concerts, which makes it more difficult to say that this interpretation is better, that is worse. I cannot say so any more. Simply, it is different.


Maciej Czarnecki: On Saturday during the Toruń Festival of Science and Arts, a debate is scheduled on the art of interpretation of the piano, blending with fragments of songs by your performance.

Rafał Blechacz: On the stage there will be a piano, but also a table, behind which Fr. Prof. Andrzej Szostek and the editor Adam Rozłach of Polish Radio are seated. A year ago, after my concert in Toruń there was already a short debate, during which a few problems were signaled. This is a continuation of that discussion. This time, however, our considerations will be illustrated by music. We would like to talk, eg. about freedom of interpretation. Here Chopin’s mazurkas will be great example. Maybe I'll also play polonaises, and certainly Bach.

A year ago you said that in the interpretation, both knowledge and intuition count.

- I stand by it.


For an average listener, who tracks, eg. Chopin competition, probably it seems that the pianist is first of all sympathetic to the music.

- Knowledge of compositional style is also important, the style of the era. For example, if I intend to present a Beethoven sonata in public, then I need to know whether it comes from the early period of his works, or it is heralding the romantic style, because the late Beethoven sonatas suggest such an atmosphere. In case of Bach's music, baroque music, and as a performer I need to be aware of how to perform ornaments, trills and embellishments.

There are certain very strict rules, and ignorance of such performance-related aspects appears very blatant in performance. In romantic music, some degree of expertise is also needed, for example, about what kind of pianos were there in the times of Frederic Chopin. This allows us to get a little closer to the aesthetics of those days. Of course, to this we add the heart, intuition. Helped by these elements an individual interpretation is shaped.

We are talking about musicological knowledge, but I guess that the doctoral studies in philosophy at UMK also affect your interpretations.

- I look for inspirations in various fields. Recently I’ve played a lot of music by Debussy and looked for it in Impressionist paintings. Concerning the studies, I’m firmly focused on the philosophy of music. It started with the texts of Roman Ingarden, then the time came for the text of Prof. Stróżewski. The meeting with the professor in Kraków two years ago resulted in the text for my third album of Chopin's concertos. Then I started to expand philosophical interests to other texts, maybe not so much related to music, but overall to arts. For the history of philosophy, classical philosophers - it is all very interesting. These studies primarily rely on reading. I can do it at hotels, and on the plane and train. This is a wonderful springboard, which also supplies interpretations.

Let's talk about its limits for a while. You are sometimes tempted to go very far from the original version of the work?

- Vision of interpretation of a song changes over time. It is related not only to our maturation, but also to the fact that the same song is presented repeatedly during the artistic season in various places, in different venues for different audiences. The interpretation changes spontaneously. When I compare recordings of the first concerto shortly after the Chopin Competition with today's, I notice some changes. Maybe not radical, controversial, but still.

Also there is something like evocativeness in the way that a pianist shows his interpretation. I've been to many concerts of other artists. Sometimes they played in a way that would not really suit me, but they did it so convincingly and evocatively, that at the moment I accepted that interpretation. The stage must come with some power of interpretation, which absorbs the listener.

So an individual performance is affected by each city, hall, audience, in short - every moment?

- Of importance is, eg. room acoustics and quality of the instrument. For instance, when I play in theaters in Italy, where the acoustics are quite dry and the sound fades quickly, I must use a little faster tempo. Sometimes these are pretty big changes, which require much concentration.

Do you play better than a few years ago, or just different?

- Different. The more I'm in music, the more I deal with different interpretations; I go to concerts, which makes it more difficult to say that this interpretation is better, that is worse. I cannot say so any more. Simply, it is different. Such is the vision of interpretation, such is an attitude toward work. Sometimes we find it acceptable, sometimes not. Much depends on the attitude of the listener.

Interviewed by Maciej Czarnecki

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Apr 15, 2011

Special album "In Solidarity with Japan" launched in Poland (2)

Japanese

Today I had the special album delivered to me at home in Tokio.



(Maybe, the design of this jacket is a hybrid of national flags of Poland and Japan...)

My deepest appreciation to all the people in Poland who helped create this special album of Chopin for their kindness and compassion.
It touches my heart especially because today is my birthday.

I bought this from Empik but let me say when I saw the news of this album from Polish Radio website on April 2, I inquired its availability outside Poland to two friends there, and they answered,
"I'll get and send it to you.  Don't worry. I want to do something to help Japan."
"I was already planning to buy it for you.  My friends and family members all will buy it!"

Big thanks to their sympathy and generosity.

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From greetings of the CD

(Tentative translation)
We produce this beautiful and unique album to your hands and hearts. The great Polish artists play pieces by Frederic Chopin, to help Japanese children suffering from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated their country on March 11, 2011.

Tragedy of children who lost in a few minutes everyone and everything - family and relatives, classmates, friends, home, books, toys - suddenly torn from childhood are lonely and frightened, moves people sensitive to the plight of others.

To the slogan "Support for the Japanese children," Polish artists responded immediately, spontaneously and touchingly; Barbara Hesse-Bukowska and Adam Harasiewcz, Krystian Zimerman and Rafał Blechacz, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Poblocka and Janusz Olejniczk. The pianists offered to the common album, their own recordings of Chopin's music made in different years, giving up their rights as performer and royalties. The most beautiful thanks and words of praise are theirs for the great talents and great hearts.

The idea of this Chopin CD edition by the Polish winners of the International Competition of Frederic Chopin, those pianists recognized in the world, and enjoying special esteem in Japan, a country known for its adoration of the music of the greatest Polish composer, was founded thanks to the initiative of the Program 3PR. It immediately united journalists from other programs of Polish Radio and artistic environment. The project by Program 3 was supported and decided to extend the patronage over to other leading radio stations, RMF FM, RMF Classic, Radio Zet, Radio Chilli Zet, Radio PIN, Radio TOK FM. The campaign also incorporated TVP, TVN, Polsat and Polsat News.

All together, we encourage you to buy this CD. Enjoy to the full, listening to the excellent performances of Chopin's music by the Polish pianists. You Solidarity with Japan, helping the Japanese children experiencing the fatal tragedy.

Honorary Patron of the project by the Program 3 of PR is the President of the Republic of Poland; HE Bronisław Komorowski.


(Original Polish)
Oddajemy do rąk i serc Państwa piękną i wyjątkową płytę. Wspaniali polscy artysci grają utwory Fryderyka Chopina, by pomóc japońskim dzieciom cierpiącym wskutek trzęsienia ziemi i fali tsunami, które spustoszyły ich kraj 11 marca 2011 roku.

Tragedia dzieci, które w kilka minut tracą wszystkich i wszystko; najbliższych, koleżanki, kolegów, dom, ksiąźki, zabawki, nagle wyrwane z dziecinstwa są samotne i przerazone, porusza ludzi wrazliwych na los innych.

Na hasło "Pomoc dla japonskich dzieci" natychmiast, spontanicznie i wzruszajaco odpowiedzieli polscy artysci; Barbara Hesse-Bukowska i Adam Harasiewcz, Krystian Zimerman i Rafał Blechacz, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Poblocka i Janusz Olejniczk. Pianisci przekazali na wspólną płytę, własne nagrania muzyki Fryderyka Chopina dokonane w różnych latach, rezygnując z przyslugujących praw wykonawczych i honorariów. Należą się im za to najpiękniejsze podziękowania oraz słowa uznania za wielki talent i wielkie serce.

Idea wydania chopinowskiej płyty polskich laureatów Międzynarodowego Konkursu im. Fryderyka Chopina, uznanych na swiecie, a cieszących się szczególną estymą w Japonii, w kraju znanym z uwielbien dla muzyki największego polskiego kompozytora, powstała dzięki inicjatywie Programu 3PR srodowiska artystyczne. Projekt Trójki poparły i zdecydowały się objąć patronatem medialnym ponad podziałami inne wiodące rozgłosnie radiowe; RMF FM, RMF Classic, Radio Zet, Radio Chilli Zet, Radio PIN, Radio TOK FM. W akcję włączyły się również; TVP, TVN, Polsat oraz Polsat News.

Wszyscy razem zachęcamy Państwa do kupienia tej płyty. Sprawią sobie Państwo prawdziwą przyjemnosc, słuchając muzyki Chopina w znakomitych wykonaniach polskich pianistów oraz będą. Państwo Solidarni z Japonią niosąc pomoc japońskim dzieciom tragicznie doswiadczonym przez los.

Honorowym Patronem akcji Programu 3PR jest Prezydent Rzeczpospolitej Polskiej - Pan Bronisław Komorowski.

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Apr 12, 2011

Album of all the winners of Chopin Competition (7 CDs)

The Winners - The International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (7-CD)















Recently I often see this album's ad.

This 7-CD exclusive boxset "Chopin - Winners / The Winners" contains live recordings from the auditions of all previous 17 winners of the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland (1927-2010):
Lev Oborin, Alexandre Uninsky, Yakov Zak, Bella Davidovich, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Adam Harasiewicz, Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Garrick Ohlsson, Krystian Zimerman, Dang Thai-Son, Stanislav Bunin, Kevin Kenner, Philippe Giusano, Alexei Sultanov, Yundi Li, and Rafał Blechacz.

Amazon.com lists all tracks.
iTunes
(Rafał Blechacz's performances are in CD 7.)
Prelude in A major, Op. 28-7-12
Nocturne in B major, Op. 62-1
Waltz  Op. 64-1-3
Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60
Mazurka  Op. 56-1-3
Polonaise in A flat major, Op. 53

Apr 10, 2011

A prayer

Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina's website reminded me of the tragic incident on April 10 last year.

"April 10 since last year became an special day in Poland. We all remember every minute, where we were and what we did when we got to know what happened. Our President and all the passengers of this fateful flight R.I.P."

Let me offer my prayer to Poland, too.


Mazurka in F minor op.68

Apr 9, 2011

Rafał Blechacz's recital in Berlin --a mini review and impressions by audience

An impression by an audience member from Poland of Rafał Blechacz's recital in Berlin (from Facebook)

"…it was absolutely stunning. He has this incredible, natural sense of music no matter if he plays Chopin, Bach or Debussy. When you listen to his interpretations you just think "how beautiful it is" never "'how difficult it is"… you can enjoy every single note, every smallest sound…My absolute favourites yesterday were the Mazurkas, Blechacz's sense of this extremely difficult pieces is incredible, I think Chopin himself couldn't play it better :) I would like Blechacz to record the complete Chopin's Mazurkas one day."



I was deeply impressed by this description and had e-mail based conversations with her, during which she shared with me her impression of other composers.  Let me share it here.

"He started with Bach ...It was pure pleasure to listen to this piece, because Rafał Blechacz has some supernatural skills to make everything sound like magic. There must be something in the way he touches the piano, ‘cause he sounds so much different from other pianists that I listened live.

Mozart sonata KV 570.  I like Mozart very much and after this recital I like him even more. Blechacz is showing things in music that seems to be hidden for other interpreters, he has this incredible feeling for composer's intentions.

Mozart is simplicity, his melodies are easy and simple, but simple can be the most difficult in the same time. There is a passage in the second part of the sonata when for a moment you play only with two fingers, two or three notes - what Blechacz made of it is beyond any words I know in any languages.

Debussy and Szymanowski... The program of this recital was quite strange to my eyes. So many different composers, from different times, separated by long centuries of music history and human history...He has a special skill, gift, to understand what is beside the notes, beside the score. He is really deeply in composer's mind, and he is able to read what is inside. So that's why when he plays Debussy you hear Debussy,...

I was particularly happy about Szymanowski, because it is a forgotten polish composer (1st half of 20th century) even here in Poland, where Chopin is embraced almost like a god, but nobody cares about Szymanowski.

And I must say in Berlin it is Szymanowski who was the most impressive for the public. When Blechacz finished the Prelude and Fugue in c sharp minor there was such a deep silence, no one clapped and this for a longer while, people looked like hypnotized.

Anyway for the Chopin Mazurkas op. 50 (marvelous!) you know already, the Barcarole was to me played a little bit too fast, but it is just a matter of taste and personal preferences I guess.

As conclusion I can only say: Blechacz is simply a genius".
(Many thanks to Ola.)

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Another impression by a friend of mine from Poland:

"...Mazurkas were indeed incredible, but my favourite was Prelude and Fugue by Szymanowski. When Rafał ended it there was absolute silence in the hall. I think nobody even moved. Everybody was in music so deep and intense. The break was longer because Rafał wiped his hands and keyboard maybe especially when he felt mood of audience. It will be in my head forever. First time I was intoxicated by music so much.
The audience liked Szymanowski and after Variations applauded loudly with enthusiasm and shouts of joy".
(Thanks to Dana♪)





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A short review of Rafał Blechacz's recital in Berlin, April 7, posted on tagesspiegel.de.
Written by Dr. Christiane Tewinkel

Original review


Richness and beauty:
Rafał Blechacz in Konzerthaus

Of course, kleine Saal of Konzerthaus is sold out, and of course he is brimming with enthusiasm. Finally, the young Polish pianist Rafał Belchacz brings everything in order to make piano lovers even more addicted: a charisma as a shy high school senior, a conservative program, and a touch culture, in its beauty and richness, reminiscent of times when one could still play the piano, without dealing with old instruments and bothering to play in historically informed way. Blechacz plays Bach's "Italian Concerto" and Mozart's B flat sonata, K. 570 on a modern Steinway.

However the wide register, the many colors, the pedal for deep sound areas, all lead to a mixed impression, despite the virtuosity first of all: Blechacz takes Bach with strong hands, setting a hunting pulse, paradoxically even in the middle movement, which he adds extra-contemplative aura. The sounds in Mozart Allegro inflated, Adagio for romantic forest night. After the break should be the great moment of this evening, with Chopin's Barcarolle in F sharp major, for example, the most personal area of the Chopin Competition winner in 2005, but above all with Karol Szymanowski's Fugue in C sharp minor, with its slightly tapered theme, Blechacz gives an unbroken and serious magic, and its mountainous landscape of the Variations in B flat minor, which is piling up so high that you think Blechacz beats all keys at once, defined only in late-Romantic harmony crossing.

Christiane Tewinkel

Apr 8, 2011

A big success in Berlin

"Rafał had tonight yet another big success in Berlin. Very enthusiastic reception and big applause after both the first and the second part of his recital.
The Berlin audience is very demanding. He played one encore."
(R. Frackowski)

The encore was Scherzo from Beethoven's sonata op.2-2, according to a Polish fan who went all the way to Berlin to attend the recital.

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Six letters written by Frederic Chopin, thought to be lost in 1939, have been found and donated to Chopin Museum in Warsaw (BBC).
(I knew it from Konstancja.  Thanks.)


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Deutsche Grammophon & Decca release Classics for Japan – Music for Healing on April 6 to benefit Japanese Red Cross. Digital only.  Available from iTunes.

Apr 7, 2011

From Polish Times--Rafał Blechacz in Michigan, Feb. 2011

From Polish Times in Detroit, covering Rafał Blechacz's concerts in Ann Arbor on 11th and 13th of February this year.

Original article of Polish Times (Polish)

Unforgettable Rafał Blechacz!!

A truly memorable evening served to the audience in Detroit, by one of the world's best pianists – Rafał Blechacz. On Friday, February 11 at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, this great artist has presented a solo recital, consisting of works by Mozart, Debussy and the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski (Piano Concerto No.. 1), Frederic Chopin (two ballads, two polonaises and four mazurkas).

Blechacz with his father who usually
travels with his son during concert tours
Since the historic victory in the Chopin Competition in 2005, Blechacz, one of the most renowned Polish pianists in the world, has played virtually in all the famous concert halls of the world and has produced three CDs recorded for the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon.

Participants in Friday's recital were able to see why this young artist is considered the best. He is a true poet of the piano. He has in himself the almost magical power of transmitting music, pulls listeners into his world of musical colors from the first keystroke and takes them on a beautiful journey into the world of sound full of emotions, artistry, poetry, drama ...

On Sunday evening, February 13, Blechacz appeared in Ann Arbor again - this time in the Rackham Auditorium partnering with the strings quartet Concertante. He played with the group Piano Concerto No. 1 by Frederic Chopin.
Both concerts certainly represented events related to the most beautiful concerts of Polish artists in our Michigan region.

It is worth noting that Blechacz met with the audience after the concert. He was willing to give autographs on CDs and concert programs, received well-deserved congratulations and posed for commemorative photographs.
We thank Rafał for the dreaming Friday night and we are very proud that you praise Polish classical music in the world!

Another article and a photo with audience members by Polish Times (English)

Interview Rafał Blechacz gave to Polish Times

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Apr 6, 2011

Supreme artistry in Berlin

On April 7, Rafał Blechacz will be back to Berlin to give a recital, this time at Berlin Konzerthas, Kleiner Saal.


Konzerthaus preview page.
related posting from this blog
Blechacz's previous appearance in Berlin at Berliner Philharmonie

Konzerthaus located on the historic Gendarmenmarkt;
Click photo to see program booklet.
History of Konzerthaus

Friends of mine from Poland will take this wonderful opportunity to be in the audience.
Best wishes to the marvelous artist and his audience!

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Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra held a benefit concert for Japan at Berlin Cathedral on March 26.  They played German Requiem by J. Brahms under the direction of Tobias Brommann, the cantor,  with several Berlin choirs participating in the performance.
The RSB has been to Japan regularly for more than 30 years.
For the RSB's Japan tour in 2009, Rafał Blechacz and Daishin Kashimoto (now a concertmaster of Berliner Philharmoniker) performed as soloist for Beethoven concertos.
A deep appreciation to the German orchestra's generosity.

News release from RSB website (German)
(See an article as of March 28).

Apr 2, 2011

Special album "In Solidarity with Japan" to be launched in Poland

Japanese


Chopin launches a rescue of Japan

In Poland, a special album "Solidarni z Japonią" (In Solidarity with Japan) (日本がんばれ! [Nippon Gambare] will be launched on April 8, prepared on the initiative of Polish Radio program 3.  Proceeds from the album, which includes recordings by Krystian Zimerman and Rafał Blechacz will help the victims of the disaster in the country of cherry blossom.

See the news release by Polish Radio on April 1, 2011.

Among the world's greatest artists involved in the initiative are Polish winners of the Chopin Competition : Krystian Zimerman, Rafał Blechacz, Piotr Paleczny, Janusz Olejniczak, Ewa Pobłocka, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska and Adam Harasiewicz. Some of the tracks are live recordings made ​​at the legendary Warsaw Competition.

Most prominent Polish Chopin experts have renounced their rights to royalties, and to promote the project we saw all the major, national media in Poland. The campaign took the honorary patronage of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.

Tracks  
According to Maestro

1. Ballada g-moll op. 23
Krystian Zimerman (Deutsche Grammophon, 1988)
2. Etiuda F-dur op. 25 nr. 3
3. Etiuda F-dur op. 10 nr. 8
4. Etiuda h-moll op. 25 nr. 10
Janusz Olejniczak (Polskie Radio, 1970)
5. Polonez c-moll op. 40 nr. 2
Barbara Hesse – Bukowska (Polskie Radio, 1970)
6. Mazurek G-dur op. 50 nr. 1
7. Mazurek As-dur op.50 nr. 2
8. Mazurek cis-moll op. 50 nr. 3
Adam Harasiewicz (Polskie Radio, 2009)
9. Polonez As-dur op. 53
Piotr Paleczny (Polskie Radio, 1977)
10. Preludium e-moll op. 28 nr. 4
11. Preludium e-dur op. 28 nr. 9
12. Preludium Fis-dur op. 28 nr. 13
13. Preludium Des-dur op. 28 nr. 15
Rafał Blechacz (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007)
14.Scherzo h-moll, op. 20
Ewa Pobłocka (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, 2009)


Preludium op.28 nr13 by Blechacz


International delivery is available from  Empik website.
You can place an order of this special album from any country.
Please select "przesylka zagraniczna (international delivery)" from the pull-down for delivery/payment method selection.
merlinmuzyka also ships to other countries.

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This blog posting was quoted on " Chopin Magazine" official blog.. 
Go to the "Chopin Magazine" official blog. 

"Chopin Magazine" is a monthly for piano music in Japan.

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In Tokyo, concerts have been cancelled after the disaster but this month some concerts are to be held, mainly by Japanese musicians, under careful arrangements such as dimming lights at foyer.
On April 20, a charity concert will be held at Suntory Hall, where musicians from classical and pop music will appear for raising donation.  Naoto Otomo and Kenichiro Kobayashi will be conductors.

Otomo is the permanent conductor of the Tokyo Symphony, who had their home concert hall Muza Kawasaki damaged (the ceiling fell) and cannot use the hall for two years.  They'll use substitutes during the repair period.
Last year, Otomo and the Tokyo Symphony played Chopin's concerto in F minor with Rafał Blechacz at Suntory Hall during his Japan tour.

Apr 1, 2011

Competition to participate in Festival of Science and Arts events in Toruń

Competition to participate in two events for Festival of Science and Arts in Toruń began, according to Toruń Gazeta.pl.
A ticket for two events of the Festival, including the event joined by Rafał Blechacz, can be applied by answering a quiz on Facebook link of the Festival.

http://www.facebook.com/TFNiS


To apply for the ticket, you should answer the quiz on the link.. (For me, the quiz is not easy!)
The competition will be held every two days.

The Festival in Toruń will be held on 15th-19th of April.  The event that Rafał Blechacz appears is a fusion program of discussion of music interpretation and his instrumental performance to be held at the auditorium of Nicolaus Copernicus University, on April 16.

Good luck!

He joined the Festival last year, too.