Jan 20, 2013
The photo is from the cover page of "Sinfonia", newsletter for members of The Symphony Hall, Osaka where Rafał Blechacz gives a recital on Sunday, February 3.
In the interview he talks about pieces by Szymanowski, Beethoven and Chopin and concludes with message to the audience in Osaka.
"(.....) Congratulations for the 30th anniversary of The Symphony Hall. I'm very glad to be able to perform in the hall again. It was in November 2006 when I played there for the first time. I came back in 2009. Before that, I remember playing Chopin's concerto with Maestro Mikhail Pletnev and his orchestra - I think it was in 2007. I also played on the day of anniversary of Chopin's death in 2010. I'm happy to play at the hall with good acoustics.
The atmosphere is very nice. As a performer, I had a wonderful feeling both in my recital and the concert with the orchestra, surrounded by hospitable audience. I remember the audience was very polite, furthermore, you had a deep understanding of the music that was being played. I felt how concentrated you were while listening to me. I knew you always tried to 'listen to my music'. I'm looking forward to performing the pieces that I mentioned in this interview in the hall including the one from my latest CD."
The whole interview (1) (Japanese) About Szymanowski, Beethoven and Chopin
The whole interview (2) (Japanese) About Bach, Organ and philosophy
The interview was held (by phone) on November 16. It has been circulated by the agency and the relevant concert halls in Tokyo, Yokohama, Saitama and Osaka, making his fans very happy and ready to attend his recital.
A fan, a working mother of two who loves playing pieces of Chopin and is looking forward to the recital in Osaka said,
"I sincerely hope that he is coming to Japan in good health, without involved in any incident."