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Jul 2, 2013

Excellent recital in Essen - Rafał Blechacz replaces Evgeny Kissin...+thanks!

On July 1, Rafał Blechacz gave a recital at Essen Philharmonie for Klavier-Festival Ruhr, replacing Evgeny Kissin who had to cancel the planned recital due to illness.  Rafał Blechacz agreed to perform in his place with a short notice.

Program page

Announcement of replacement by the Festival
titled, "Rafał Blechacz saves concert".

Announcement by KD Schmid

Press coverage 1  2  3 and more.


Mr. Blechacz replaced other pianists in a few occasions.  Examples popping up in my mind are;

Lang Lang for Verbier Festival in 2006,

Nelson Freire for Schwetzingen Festival in May 2010,

Maria João Pires to play Chopin's Concerto No.2  with the London Symphony Orchestra under Jaap van Zwedenat in October 2011,

and again in place of Pires, to play Beethoven's Concerto No.3 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie under Trevor Pinnock at Amsterdam Concertogebouw in May 2012.


A personal memory;
The photo used in the German press reports above-mentioned is the one that I borrowed from an article of his performance for Klavier-Festival Ruhr in 2010, to be used for the cover page of this website three years ago when I worked with a designer to revamp the site.  Miki, a very able, talented designer, prepared the wonderful cover page in a few hours after I sent her this photo.  

This is what I wrote three years ago in the blog to show my appreciation.

"(.....)  I love the cover page; my image is that Rafał Blechacz's interpretation is spreading out to the universe to be heard by many audiences of present and future generations (.....)

It reminded me of the fact that I owe to many people a lot for keeping on this website.  For this I would like to thank all of them who help me by providing news, supports, etc...

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  1. I hope Mr. Kissin gets better soon!

    But on a side note, I'm glad the organizers knew what they were doing - who better to save the show than Rafal?

  2. Oh I can't agree more. Mr. Blechacz is best-qualified for replacing the pianist of the class as Evgeny Kissin.


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