Blechacz and Luisi.
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From a blog by a music lover in Milan, "Rafał Blechacz at La Scala".
".....Last night a concert was held at La Scala by the Philharmonic directed by Fabio Luisi. The highlight of the evening was Beethoven’s fourth piano concerto which was performed by Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz, the winner of the Chopin 2005 (the prize was unanimously awarded and the second prize was not, exactly speaking) and I've heard in a concert in the Auditorium in January 2008 when, under the baton of Oleg Caetani, he performed the first concerto of Chopin.
Great pianist Blechacz. Even just seeing him sitting at the keyboard gives you the idea that this is a great pianist. He made the fourth by Beethoven limpid, clean but not cold, perfectly calibrated in timbres, very agile in the most vivace moment and very introspective in the magnificent movement lento that is a soliloquy of the piano, contrasted by the orchestra. A great execution. The pianist then played encore of a couple of Chopin mazurkas, asking the first violin for permission (how sweet!),......"
The author was then impressed by the supreme performance of the two mazurkas and believed that it was quite natural that he was given the special award of best performing mazurkas in 2005.
This is from naszswiat, a portal for Polish people, reporting the concert at La Scala on May 21.
"Rafał Blechacz at La Scala in Milan"
Personally I've had opportunities to go to Blechacz's concerts in more than ten venues outside of my country and seen that everywhere he goes, he is given a warm welcome by Polish people as important part of audience in every city; mainly Polonia living there and occasionally those travelling from Poland to see and hear him.