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Jan 15, 2012

From kulturaonline.pl

Kulturaonline.pl (Jan. 15) introduces Rafał Blechacz's new album of Debussy and Szymanowski.
*by Magdalena Talik

(Outline)
The winner of the Chopin Competition six years ago chose works by Claude Debussy and Szymanowski. The album will be released by the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon. Universal, Rafał Blechacz’s recordings distributor, stresses that the pianist is one of the most respected artists, sought by DG in its catalog. CDs by the 26-year-old winner of the prestigious competition have been spread worldwide in the circulation of 160,000 copies, an excellent result. Blechacz already recorded for Deutsche Grammophon three albums....The third one was for the two piano concertos by Chopin, recorded with one of the best European orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, conducted by Jerzy Semkow.

Blechacz official website updated.
Reviews for 2011 concerts updated.

The recording session for his latest album was held in January last year in Hamburg and it is long-awaited by people who love Claude Debussy’s music. Blechacz’s fans who had the opportunity to be at his recital in Duszniki in 2004, well remember that he played there Estampes by Debussy, which is now included in the disc for DG. It’s completed by Pour le Piano (also by Debussy) and less-known works by Karol Szymanowski - Sonata Op. 8 and the Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor. This combination is not coincidental. In an interview promoting the album, Blechacz explains that he chose both composers to show the difference between impressionism and expressionism.

The release date is scheduled for 7 February in Poland.

 (I intentionally deleted some words that I believe Blechacz didn’t utter in his interview for the promotion video.  I'm looking forward to reading more interviews by Blechacz and his words elaborating impressionism and expressionism.)


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".....With the single exception of his compatriot Chopin, Szymanowski was unique in his ability to speak straight to the heart with his music. That was what he wanted. And there is no doubt that listeners are right to describe him as an Expressionist. Szymanowski’s musical language is filled with emotion, intuition and inspiration and with wit, voluptuousness and yearning. These were the qualities that struck Rafał Blechacz when, still little more than a child, he first heard Szymanowski’s music while at a recital by Jerzy Godziszewki.....several pieces by Szymanowski, among them Metopes and Masks, emotionally charged works full of sensual sonorities and remotely reminiscent of the mysticism of a composer like Scriabin but entirely distinctive in tone. The young Rafał Blechacz was fired up by a very real desire to enter this world, which he did by the circuitous route of the Variations op. 3. ..."(Jürgen Otten)


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Another article of the album by T-mobile music.
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Another article of the album by Wyborcza.pl
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Article on Charactery
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