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Jul 18, 2013

Webradio broadcast - Rafał Blechacz's recital in Rheingau, August 8

Rafał Blechacz's recital @Schloss Johannisberg, Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal, for Rheingau Musik Festivals 2013 (July 3) will be broadcast by MDR and SWR2,

on August 8, 20:05 〜

MDR program page   MDR mp3

SWR2 program page   Listen to SWR2 from this page.

** Please be reminded that the planned broadcast program could be cancelled/changed without any prior notice.

Tickets sold out quickly for Blechacz's recital, Rheingau, July 3

The recital is now available on SWR2 podcast.  Click on Blechacz's photo on the right-top of the page. 


  1. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    Dear Akiko,

    thank you ,the broadcasting will be when I'm back from one week holidays on our coast,wish you nice holidays with much rest !!


  2. AnonymousJuly 19, 2013

    I wanted to hear this program by Blechacz again. Thank you for the good news!

  3. My pleasure. ♡´・ᴗ・`♡

  4. Thank you sooo much, Akiko! I'll also post it on my blog.

    1. I thought about you when I found this news (*゚▽゚*) This hall in Rheingau looks really nice as you said. I also like a concert hall of this kind, not too big, allowing for natural sound.

  5. I enjoyed different colors and timbres between pieces of different composers. But his Chopin is absolutely amazing!

    1. I liked Mazurkas in particular. Recently I discussed with a friend which fingering is “right” in playing final several bars of Mazurka op 63-3 but his playing was so clear, natural that I forgot such a thing, just immersed in the music…thanks to "Mr. Chopin".

  6. Chopin gave about 30 concerts in his whole life, not because of his health problem, but more because he didn't like to perform at certain fixed time and place. He earned his living by piano lessons. Considering that most of his  pupils were the ladys from high society, he could lead a comfortable life out of teaching:-)
    Chopin was an excellent, but strict teacher, asked his pupils to play Bach at least an hour per day. Not only Bach is a fitness for fingers, but also Chopin took Bach as his musical idol. Giving a closer look at the compositions of Bach and Chopin, there're amazing similarity between them.
    From this point of view I personally don't like that some pianists interpretated and interpretates Bach strict like a sewing machine. I prefer the way Blechacz plays Bach: warm-hearted and poetic. Fascinating that he makes beautiful Legato with almost no pedal! Especially his "Allemande" in the partita touched me a lot: Dreamful and melancholic like Chopin.

    When it comes Beethoven's sonata I didn't like Blechacz's interpretation in the second movement "Largo e mesto" which is the central point of this work. His tempo was a little bit fast. It didn't sound "mesto"(sadly), but too "easy". Also poor in contrast. Beethoven has totally different color and breath from Chopin.
    About Chopin I do not intend to talk a great deal. Blechacz is one of the most outstanding Chopin interpreters of all time. He just has a keen sense for the musical language of Chopin. I enjoyed the scherzo in particular. The last part of it "con fuoco" reminds me of the one in the 4th Ballade. How long do we have to wait for the 4th ballade by Blechacz?:-)

    In his short interview during the intermission Blechacz said he doesn't drink any kind of alchohol at all since 2009. The life of a top pianist is not easy. He has to make huge "sacrifices" since his childhood. The most difficult thing, I guess, is the frequent travelling.

    1. Sometimes I feel it funny that everybody says Blechacz resembles Chopin since nobody has heard Chopin’s interpretation directly, though there is commonality between them, eg their love and respect of Bach and both playing organ. The instrument in Chopin’s days was very different from today’s piano (developed for concerts in huge halls) and I read that Chopin didn’t like the situation in which (forte)piano kept changing/evolving even during his days. The way Blechacz plays Bach is unique and I like it very much especially the way he change types of sounds as if using organ’s stop. I can’t find any other pianists who play Bach like him even among those believed to be a great Bach interpreter.

      I’ve heard him playing this sonata by Beethoven several times including one live concert and I like his interpretation very much. You went to his recital in Mainz last year? (Correct me if I’m wrong.) His interpretation of the second movement there was more “mesto” as far as I listened to it via webradio.

      It’s not a sacrifice if he doesn’t drink alcohol for several years. He is destined to his profession and as such naturally he chooses what he does and doesn’t do in his life. The most challenging travel schedule for him was, as far as I know, in May last year when he played Beethoven’s 4th concerto in Copenhagen and drove overnight for 900 km to come to Amsterdam to play Beethoven’s 3rd concerto next night. I’m still wondering if he had time to take a nap. But I was informed his performance at Concertgebouw was deeply impressive.
      Oh let me add another commonality between C and B. Mr Blechacz is also inundated by ladies, enthusiastic fans, young and old, every time he gives a concert in any country. I’m a witness by attending 32 of his concerts in 9 countries so far (๑•ᴗ•๑)

    2. Forgot to tell you that the acoustic of Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal is just mediocre. This hall used to be a horse stall or something like that, you know.
      I missed Mainz concert, to which I later listened on SWR2. Every interpreter has his own imagination on a work. Regarding the second movement of Beethoven's 7 sonata I prefer the interpretation of Richter and Gilels. Maybe Blechacz doesn't want to play it too "grave" like other pianists did.
      You're absolutely right. Belchacz's Bach is unique. Pity that Bach is not on the programme in Ludwigshafen. Great to know about the recording there. As I mentioned the steinway there is one of the best I've ever heard. The acoustic much better than in Johannisberg. Can hardly wait to listend to the Scherzo. Maybe I'll ask Blechacz about his future plan for the 4th Ballade:-) And for you Akiko, I will try my best to take nice pictures of him.
      Re. "sacrifice" I didn't mean that he doesn’t drink alcohol for several years. Hard to understand why people drink alcohol. What I meant was, to be a concert pianist one spends most of his time in practicing since his childhood, often driven by his mother or father. When the child fails in a competition, the mother cries more than the child.
      Many musicians suffer from their frequent travel. For Blechacz it must be even harder, because he drives by himself.
      My husband is not a musician, but he travels not less than an opera singer. He hates driving and I hate flying. So we always take the train when we travel together:-)

      Have a nice weekend!

  7. But I thought the recording engineer put the microphone too close to the sound source. My impression is that the sound via the broadcast is a bit straightforward and/or too strong when you want to hear the performance of a concerthall.
    BTW, Rafał Blechacz recorded his next CD “Polonaises” in Ludwigshafen. You have good instruments there like the one you mentioned at BASF’s site!

  8. (↑ The last two comments by lotus-eater and Akiko should appear in reverse order.)

    I see. But the atmosphere sounded intimate at Fürst-von-Metternich-Saal. I would like to ask someone what prompted the audience to laugh at the end of Prelude in A major.

    Yes now I remember that you had a traveling schedule and missed Mainz.
    Talking of each interpreter’s imagination, I remember when I heard RB’s performing Schumann’s concerto in Essen recently, his interpretation was different from what I expected. I like recordings of the concerto by Lipatti and Lupu, and Blechacz’s interpretation sounded light, more peaceful, even “easy” , with no emotional overflow. But in later days it returned time and again to me, evoking lots of emotions.

    Oh, yes, I know you are an excellent photographer (and I’m the worst one). Thanks! I also wait for his Ballade No. 4 as well as the second sonata by Chopin…! It’s a pity that the program in Ludwigshafen doesn’t have Bach. We’ll miss the opportunity to hear his Bach, too, when he comes to Japan in December this year. Also Szymanowski’s sonata has been eliminated from the program and I feel VERY sad. So are many other fans, though we are grateful to Rafal Blechacz for setting aside time to come and play four recitals here, just before Christmas.

    I understood what you meant by sacrifice. In case of Blechacz, however, it was spontaneous and he’s been always happy in devoting his time for practicing since he was a child. It’s reported that “nobody and nothing could separate him from piano” in his early childhood.

    I don’t like flying! But I live in an island country and sometimes I need to take a flight to go abroad. It takes 12 hours to, say, Munich and several hours more to go to smaller cities with no direct flight from Tokyo. So I appreciate to all the artists who come all the way to this country to give performances.


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