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Dec 26, 2012

Our deepest thanks and best wishes for his continued success

This year Rafał's fans had a great start, blessed and enlightened with his interpretations for the new album "Debussy Szymanowski".

A flood of enthusiastic reviews in U.K. and other Europe followed:
Example from UK

".....he's an artist of imagination and perception, with a fabulous range of keyboard touch and colour.... the clarity of the playing is exceptional, but so, too, is the intelligence shaping it. It's a remarkable disc." (The Guardian)

While music fans were mesmerized by the new disk, Blechacz began giving performances in Europe, both solo recitals and concertos with orchestras.

Whenever I found an enthusiastic review of the CD and live performances I was happy but sometimes the volume was overwhelming and daunting during the spring.

Debussy Szymanowski,
Recording of the Month, Gramophone, May

Live performances, 2012

program website ☆
review ★

Feb. 3, 4, 5
Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven with Orquesta Nacional de España, directed by Josep Pons, @Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Madrid 

Feb. 25, 26, 27, 28
Concerto No. 4 by Beethoven with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, directed by Andrés Orozco-Estrada @Sala Santa Cecilia, Parco della Musica, Rome

March 2 @Sala della Filarmonica, Trento 
March 6, @Conservatorio "G. Verdi", Milan  fan
March 9, @Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon
March 14, @Palais des Beaux-Arts / Salle Henry Le Bœuf 
March 18, @Nieuwe Kerk,The Hague fan
March 21 @Philharmonie Luxembourg

April 16 @Großer Sendesaal,Hannover
April 18 @Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
April 20 @Kongresshaus Stadthalle, Heidelberg
April 22 @Stadttheater Wels, Austria  Video
April 27 @Kultur-und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle (Beethoven-Saal), Stuttgart  fan

May 10 Concerto no.4 by Beethoven with Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, directed by Alexander Pilianichko

May 11 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.3 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen; Conductor: Trevor Pinnock at Amsterdam Concertogebouw ★fan interview

May 22 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Filarmonica della Scala, directed by Fabio Luisi @Teatro alla Scala, Milan.  fan

May 25 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Warsaw Philharmonic, directed by Antoni Wit @Smetana Hall, Prague 

June 6 @Philharmonie Mercatorhalle Duisburg
June 11 @ auditorium cité de la musique, Strasbourg
June 12 @Salle Pleyel Interview

June 28 Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Filarmonica della Scala, directed by Fabio Luisi @Mariinsky Theatre's Concert Hall in Saint-Petersburg

July 21 Piano Concerto No. 2 by Beethoven with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo directed by Roberto Abbado @Parvis de la basilique Saint Michel Archange for Festival de Musique Menton, Menton  photo

July 23 Recital for La Roque d’Anthéron Festival

Rafał Blechacz's CD Debussy Szymanowski was selected Solo Recording of the Year (piano, 20/21 centuries) of ECHO Klassik.

Sept. 28 @Frankfurter hof, Mainz, Rheinhessen

Oct. 10 @Union College, Schenectady, NY
Oct. 12 @Duke University, Durham, NC interview

Nov. 7  @Tonhalle Düsseldorf
Nov. 12 @Salle Poirel, Nancy, France Fan
Nov. 15 @L'Auditori Barcelona
Nov. 19 @Teatro Principal, Alicante
Nov. 21 @El Auditorio de Baluarte de Pamplona, Pamplona
Nov. 22 @Principe Felipe Congress Hall Auditorium, Oviedo
Nov. 26 @El teatro Pérez Galdós, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Dec. 5, 6 Beethoven concerto No.2 with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester LSO, directed by James Gaffigan, @Lucerne KKL

Dec. 7 Beethoven concerto No.2 with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester LSO, directed by James Gaffigan, @Victoria Hall

Dec. 11 Beethoven concerto No.2 with Musikkollegium Winterthur, directed by Douglas Boyd
@Kultur Casino Berne

Dec. 12, 13  Beethoven concerto No.2 with Musikkollegium Winterthur, directed by Douglas Boyd @Stadthaus Winterthur

If I pick up a few blog posts that had a lot of reactions from blog readers and via social media, they are;

The one about synesthesia,
I received a lot of comments from synesthetes of several countries.

For example,
".....I'm a synesthete too and I discovered that our colors are 'inverted'. For example, for him B major is orange and A major is yellow. For me, it's the contrary. And for me, G major is blue and D major is green. For him, it's the contrary. It's weird to think about it since we hear the same things but we see different things, and yet we can appreciate the piece in the same way..."(by Marine)

About bonus track "Clair de lune" and Rafał's message to Japanese audience.

In the first half of the coming new year Rafał will be focused on concertos with orchestras in UK, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, etc...he'll tour in Japan, too. 
Our best wishes for his continued good health, happiness, and success in the new year.



  1. wonderful review of live concerts.!!!nice if you want to search something in the past to read.

  2. And wonderful to read such enthusiastic words of admiration (#^.^#)

  3. Happy New Year Rafal, Akiko and fans!

  4. Dear lotus-eater, a very happy new year to you ♫

  5. Hello Akiko!
    I wish you all the best for the New Year!!! :-)
    A Happy New Year to Rafal and to all readers!

    Ciao ciao <3

  6. Let me wish you a happy new year, too!
    It became the first piece of music I heard in the new year, thanks!
    (for me Jansons is the best conductor...akiko)

  7. First of all - fantastic website. I've been visiting it from time to time for I guess year or two and I'm impressed constantly with it :-)

    The review from Gramophone is very nice - obviously the new Rafal's album is great but 'recording of the month' is really prestigious award.

    As always Brits aren't clinicaly precise and a little bit controversial - Blechacz is 3rd of 4 Polish pianists who signed for DG - others are Stefan Askenase, Krystian Zimerman and Jan Lisiecki.
    Also calling Szymanowski's sonata a 'better work than Chopins 1st sonata' is a little bit controversial in my opinion.
    But all in all - it's a very nice review as I wrote before and it was a pleasure to read it (oh, and the author is so true about the booklet!).

    Also many thanks to Akiko for posting this review and all the good work!

    Best wishes from Poland! (and a happy new year!;-))

  8. Dziękuję bardzo za czytanie bloga i komentowania, które dają mi dużo energii.

    (Hope it makes sense.)

    Thank you for reading and commenting ♫
    Best wishes to you! from Japan.(*゚▽゚*)


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