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Jul 28, 2011

From virtuoso voice-- "I’m pianist Rafał Blechacz".

From virtuoso voice, Rafał Blechacz celebrates classical music's universal language. (audio)

"Music is one of our greatest resources for beauty, hope and joy. I’m pianist Rafał Blechacz. Please support classical music around the world, and especially at home, by contributing to your Public Radio station. Thank you."


@Music School in Bydgoszcz
from Gazeta.pl, December 2005
Another audio files from this website.

voice 2
"I think it’s very important to keep the right balance between emotions and the intellectual way for the interpretation. But of course I’m thinking about my own vision. I would like to create own vision and I want to show my emotions, my feelings. But the most important is to show feelings by the composer.”

voice 3
"I realized that this music is very close to my heart, it’s very close to my personality. For example, melancholy but also a lot of joy and I am always very happy when I can express these emotions, these feelings with the music. Sometimes I have to enter into Chopin’s feelings, into his emotions and recreate them afresh.”

voice 4
"It helped me to find right sound. Haydn thought about the orchestra, he wrote a lot of symphonies and I think that the orchestra’s thinking is audible in his composition. But when I recorded Mozart’s sonata, I thought about the opera. I think it was the first love for, for Mozart, the opera.”

voice 5
"We forget about him because maybe Haydn is not so famous (laughs) like Beethoven and Mozart but his compositions are incredible. So I play a lot of sonatas by Joseph Haydn and I think he was a very funny man (laugh). There are a lot of a lot of fragments, which has a lot of joy, there are a lot of funny.”

Jul 21, 2011

Performance Today airs Rafał Blechacz's Chopin Ballade No.1

Performance today airs Blechacz's performance of Chopin's Ballade No.1 in G minor from his recital in St. Paul, Feb. 6, 2011, organized by The Frederic Chopin Society,
on July 21 (US ET), available for a week.

Performance Today website
Go to HOUR 2
Blechacz's part begins at 6:00, with his conversation with Fred Child.


@Fukuoka, Oct, 21, 2010

Jul 12, 2011

What an elegance! A French fan was amazed by Rafał Blechacz's recital

On July 8, france musique broadcast Rafał Blechacz's recital in Schwetzingen (May 25).
One listener commented,
"Rafał Blechacz is a pianist who marvels us. What an elegance !"

This info was sent to me by Marine, a French fan of Rafał Blechacz.
Marine adds,
"I love his simplicity and his sound in the Mozart, the colors he uses in Debussy, the atmosphere in Szymanowsky, the rubato in Chopin and the gravity in his 2nd ballade..."

Many thanks to Marine!

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lotus-eater from Germany left a comment,
"Blechacz will give an concert coming April in Stuttgart with the following program.

Bach: Partita Nr. 3 a-minor BWV 827
Beethoven: Sonate Nr. 7 D-major op.10/ 3
Debussy: Suite bergamasque
Szymanowski: Sonate for piano Nr.1 c-minor op. 8

The D-major sonate by Beethoven, especially the second mov.is so touching and romantic. I can imagine how Blechacz interprets it."

**The recital in Stuttgart will be on April 27, 2012.
Both Marine and Lotus-eater are pianist and have good pianistic insight.

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The picture was presented by "a fan since 2006 in Holland" with his birthday wishes for Rafał Blechacz.

"Happy birthday and best congratulations to Rafał Blechacz and I wish many happy returns of this day.
Your interpretation of music is for your audience like the water sprinkling over flowers in the spring and evoking beautiful colours and rejoices in the air.

I wish you happiness in your personal and artistic life. May performances always be an inspiration for you and your growing audience.

My wife and myself and together with two sisters and their husbands are already looking forward to your concert in The Hague in the spring of next year".

**The recital in The Hague will be on March 18, 2012.


Jul 10, 2011

A treat for Franz Liszt, 2011

As he said in the interview (see the previous post), Rafał Blechacz will play the piano concerto in A major by Liszt @Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, on September 15.

Conductor: Antoni Wit
Orchestra:Orchestre National de Belgique

program page
promo website

Poster of his recital in 2010
@Palais des Beaux-Arts,
(source: Foreign Affairs Ministry, Poland,
see p.12)


Jul 9, 2011

Rafał Blechacz meets people of Bydgoszcz at his alma mater (3)

Continuing from the previous post;
Rafal Blechacz's interview at his alma mater in Bydgoszcz on June 30.

Original interview from Gazeta Torun (Polish)

audio file of the interview (audio)

Blechacz: I don’t endure flying in airplanes
Written by Joanna Lach

He likes eating at gas stations, listening to music in the car and cannot wait for 2013. Rafał Blechacz, the winner of the Chopin Competition six years ago, met with fans on the occasion of his 26th birthday.

Blechacz, celebrating his birthday on June 30, met with fans at the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz for over an hour answering their questions. Here's what he said:

Rector Prof. Maria Murawska welcomes him
Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music
(from bydgoszcz gazeta.pl)

How did you spend the last six years after the competition?

- Rafał Blechacz: In fact, the first year was the key. It was hard because I could not freely plan the calendar. New proposals of concerts came all the time and it seemed to me that I had to play them all.


Should it be refused?

- It should be chosen. I had so many proposals that frankly speaking I would not give advice to play everywhere. I realized this when I played in Japan first in January, returned to Europe for tour in February, and in March I had to fly to America for concerts (sic). Another pain for me was to announce recital and concert programs very far in advance. Nowadays I plan my concert calendar differently and I know that I should do it several years in advance.


When recording the latest album you had collaboration with Jerzy Semkow. Did you have dispute over the interpretation of works that you performed?

- No. Half a year before the recording we had several meetings beside the piano, during which we discussed the common interpretation of the concertos in detail. I thought that he would be an ideal accompanist and I was not wrong. The recording with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam was held in an atmosphere conducive to the common music-making. I played Chopin's two piano concertos, each lasting for dozens of minutes. That peace of mind was then necessary for me. Anyway, Jerzy Semkow gave me the complete freedom to perform, which is especially important for the soloist in Chopin's music.


A few days ago in Copenhagen, you played a work by Karol Szymanowski. How did the audience respond?

- They liked it, especially the members of my fan club from Japan who follow my recitals throughout the world. I got a standing ovation. I feel very well exactly when I’m with his music. Therefore, I played his first piano sonata in Copenhagen. So now I have a plan to play Szymanowski a little more often.



In your concerts we can often hear Debussy too.

- This repertoire is associated with my new album. It will contain exactly these two composers’ works. The album is ready and was recorded with the Deutsche Grammophon label. It is to be released in February next year.




With whom do you consult about your choice of repertoire?

introducing his family from US
(from bydgoszcz gazeta.pl)
- Chopin Competition gave me many opportunities to meet outstanding artists. Conversations with them had an enormous impact on me. Krystian Zimerman is a very important person for me. We often talk on the phone and he always looks after me with advice and help. We also meet during our tours. I also had opportunities to meet with Mauricio Pollini [the winner of the Chopin Competition of 1960] and the Italian pianist Maria Tipo, with whom I worked quite intensively on the works of Bach and Debussy. Conversations with them were extremely inspiring. For artists, who stand at the entrance of a career, it is very valuable to have such a support from time to time.


Because the artist usually works in solitude?

- Solitude is probably imprinted in musician’s life. When preparing a new repertoire, I am alone with the instrument, the composer and with his thoughts. It is necessary to shape interpretation, as well as interviews with other artists. I compensate for the solitude during travelling, when I meet many interesting people.


Which do you prefer, travelling by car or airplane?

Travelling by air is burdensome. It happened sometimes, that my luggage got lost. Noise and crowd at the airport annoy me. I feel more independent when I’m driving. Actually I like driving very much. I always listen to some music along the way, and sometimes philosophical lectures, which I recorded on CDs. Nothing limits me and I take a break at any time during the journey. For example, at a gas station where I must feed not only the car but also myself.


Do you have time to explore the city you visit?

- Unfortunately, I rarely stay in one place longer than one day. But I had such an opportunity before the concert in San Francisco. A group of people who were at my previous concert suggested me to show the town. And although I can count such situations on my toes [maybe going out incognito] on one hand, it's always very nice to remember them.


How do you reconcile the study of philosophy at UMK (Nicolaus Copernicus University) in Torun with the busy concert calendar?

- I study on an individual basis, so I can deal with it.


(from bydgoszcz gazeta.pl)
Where did your interest in philosophy come from?

- When I was still in the secondary school, my Polish teacher presented us with philosophical trait of individual eras, which intrigued me a lot. When the confusion in relation to the Chopin Competition subsided, I decided to develop my interest. I wanted to systematize my knowledge of philosophy. First of all the philosophy of music aroused my interest. Is it possible to play Bach romantically? What are the limits of interpretation of musical works? What is a public concert in view of philosophical understanding? Analyzing these issues very much enriches me as an interpreter. It also allows me to discuss with such people as philosopher, Fr. Prof. Andrzej Szostek, Prof. Władysław Stróżewski or musicologist and music journalist Adam Rozlach.


Between studying and playing concerts, did you find time to follow the latest Chopin Competition?

- Honestly speaking, not really. I had ten concerts in those days in Japan and I was deeply engaged. In addition, the time difference prevented me from keeping track of the competition. But of course I know who won it! The information came to me, although I had no time to watch the struggles by pianists.



Daniel Stabrawa, 1st concertmaster
(from Berlin Philharmonic website)
What repertoire are you preparing for concerts now?

- Chamber music. It's another thing I really want to have a try, and have not had an opportunity yet. So now I cannot wait for 2013, when I’ll play, among others, in the company of Daniel Stabrawa, a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic. We plan to perform works by Mozart and Szymanowski. Next season is devoted to Liszt. In September I will play his piano concerto in Brussels.


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A deep appreciation to Konstancja for helping me when I was short of time and when I'm in difficult time.


Jul 1, 2011

Rafał Blechacz meets people of Bydgoszcz at his alma mater (2)

Continuation from the previous post that Rafał Blechacz visited his alma mater in Bydgoszcz on June 30, his 26th birthday. He spent about an hour to answer questions from residents.

Some fragments from the article from Pomorska.pl

Listen to Blechacz's voice from radiopik.bydgoszcz.pl (audio)
click on posłuchaj
Another link
different contents from the written article.

(quote)…Conversations were intertwined with music professionals, repertoire, interpretation of works by studying literature, sightseeing in a city incognito (very rare but it happens that someone from the audience will propose such a visit), what determines the selection of proposals for giving a concert (preparing the instrument for specific repertoire, hall, acoustics, conversation with the tuner). He said that these conditions are met by the concert halls in Amsterdam, Munich, Zurich by the highest degree.

“These are my favorite halls, where I’m always willing to come back”. He likes to play in Japan - unique to all the winners of the Chopin competitions; in Germany, because that's where the audience listens with great attention, reverence, commitment (and this is helpful in shaping the interpretation), Paris and Amsterdam.

“Becoming the winner of the Chopin competition has meant a revolution in your life?” asked a "Pomeranian." (citizen of this region)
“For sure it was a significant point, because it allowed me to build a career.”

Although the artist says that he was aware that this will change in his life,
“The reality that followed the competition proved to be a very new reality. I knew that the calendar of concerts are planned in advance to some extent, but did not know that the 3 and even 4 years in advance. Pain for me was to announce programs for 2-3 years ahead”.

At the beginning it was not easy to find himself in the media noise, congestion press conferences, interviews.
“Popularity is exhausting, now is definitely better,” says Blechacz.

Worldwide fame and recognition did not overturn him in the head, which we could see during the meeting.
(unquote)

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Rafał Blechacz support Prof. Dr.Arkadiusz Jawień's action to help Adaś Lewandowski, cheerful 3-year-old boy from Włoclawek, who suffers from the aplastic anemia, "Bone marrow to Adaś!"
The transplantation can help his life.
Read the article of the action to help the boy's life.

Blechacz said that he is behind the campaign during the interview in Bydgoszcz.


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from onet.pl, at alma mater

from kurier-nakielski.pl
visiting Józef Blechacz school.
related post
from polskalokalna.pl




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