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Oct 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Karol Szymanowski

Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Today (Oct. 6) is his 130th birthday.

Rafał Blechacz plays minuet from the Piano Sonata No.1 in C minor.

Minuet from Szymanowski's piano sonata in C minor

"...My story of Szymanowski music started relatively early.  I was 11 or 12 years old I remember I attended the concert by Polish pianist Jerzy Godziszewski **.  And I was absolutely delighted by the Szymanowski music. I remember everything sounded so beautiful, heart-breakingly beautiful, especially harmony, wonderful modulations, melodies, and I really wanted to play Szymanowski’s music…I chose 'Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor' and 'the first Sonata opus 8',..."

"... Szymanowski was quite young and he was absolutely fascinated by expressionist music like Scriabin.  We can hear typical atmosphere of expressionism...The first sonata opus 8, the 3rd movement is a kind of minuet, which proves that a classical thinking, approach was very close to Szymanowski,…and it’s very optimistic piece and especially the middle part in this minuet is very interesting, a lot of polyphonies..."
(Rafał Blechacz)

Comprehensive website of Karol Szymanowski

Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 9: I. Allegro moderato (Patetico) Written in 1904.
David Oistrakh, violin
Vladimir Yampolsky, piano
Recorded in 1954.



  1. As a Szymanowski-fan I'd like to congratulate on his 130th birthday. I was lucky enough to see and hear Blechacz to play Szymanowski's piano sonata Nr 1. The Nr.2 is one of the most expressive piano works ever written, very difficult to play. i do love it. Blechacz would surely play it someday.

  2. Yes we all are very fortunate to have Blechacz's eye-opening performance of the sonata No.1. May you have another opportunity to see and hear him live sooner than later. He would surely be able to play the difficult 2nd sonata brilliantly; my personal preference is Preludes op.1 and Variations on a Polish Folk Song (that are played also by K. Zimerman). Blechacz said in interviews that he thought about Metopes and I have a long wish list!


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