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May 15, 2014

Rafal Blechacz playing Beethoven at Wiener Musikverein with Wiener Symphoniker


Program page on Musikverein



Click a picture to see Blechacz playing during the Generalprobe.

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The concert on May 15 will be broadcast by ORF.at,
on May 25, 11:03.

ORF.at program site



The concert on May 15 will be broadcast by ORF.at,
on May 25, 11:03.

2014 Gilmore Festival - Rafał Blechacz — at Chenery Auditorium





They provides eight pictures.  Click on a picture to see the next.


May 5, 2014

Rafał Blechacz, The 2014 Gilmore Artist, at Gilmore Keyborad FestivalGala, May 3 & recital, May 6, 2014


Photo credit: http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/05/2014_gilmore_artist_rafal_blec_2.html

"(....) Blechacz exhibited fine stage presence. At the keyboard, his movements were measured and graceful. Hands and fingers in particular bespoke a performer aware of his strengths. His attacks and releases were unfailingly splendid, while runs and trills were exquisite. Blechacz showed himself a “compleat” artist.

This year the new artist was joined by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra for two concerti. Featured were Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No, 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 (.....)" 
Read more the review by Erik Holladay on mlive.com.


April 25, Blechacz's album "Chopin Polonaises" was awarded the 2014 Frydelic Award in two categories:
”Best Polish Classical Album Abroad” and “Best Classical Recording”.
List of awardees on Fryderik Award website

His recent performances:
April 26     Recital at Spivy Hall, Clayton State University, GA 
April 25     Recital at Mandell Hall, Chicago University        a nice review

April 10     Recital at BASF-Feierabendhaus (Festsaal) - Ludwigshafen , Germany
                         a review by operasora

April 7       Recital at Prinzregententheater - Munich , Germany
                   a nice review 1  
                  Interview by BR Klassik (audio)

April 4       Recital at Philharmonie (Kammermusiksaal) - Berlin , Germany
                  ☆ (The organizer showed a wrong program)       one of the reviews

April 2       Recital at Liederhalle - Stuttgart , Germany  

March 28   Recital at Auditorium - Lyon  
March 25   Recital at Grand Théâtre de Provence - Aix-en-Provence, France
                one of the reviews

March 17   Recital at Tonhalle, Zurich  


Feb. 4       Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3 with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
               Conductor: John Storgårds at Liederhalle Stuttgart, Germany    Review

Feb. 3        Schumann: Piano Concerto with  Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
                Conductor: John Storgårds
                at Alte Oper Frankfurt Frankfurt am Main, Germany  

Jan. 31      Schumann concerto at Helsinki Music Centre  

Jan. 24      Chopin: Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
                Conductor: Trevor Pinnock at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
                 a beautiful photo

Jan. 22      Chopin: Piano Concerto no. 2 with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
                Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev  in Lingotto

photo credit: http://www.gbopera.it/2014/01/67757/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=67757

Jan. 20      Chopin: Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 2, with Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
                 Conductor: Trevor Pinnock at Die Glocke - Bremen, Germany  

Jan. 8        Seleced The 2014 Gilmore Artist

From commemorative performances at NY WQXR



Watch the full video from The Gilmore website


2013
Dec. 17     Recital at Saitama Arts Center
Dec. 16     Recital at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall
Dec. 14     Recital at Tokyo Opera City Cobcert Hall   See nice pictures
Dec. 13     Recital at Musashino Civic Cultural Hall    See pictures from the Hall's FB




About RB's album "Polonaises",

Displaying a brilliantly secure technique, the young Polish pianist is fully up to the challenges of these glittering pieces. He also feels the nostalgia and longing of the music, and hearing him play the Polonaises is like hearing an authentically Viennese performances of a waltz. --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013 

 I think we all might agree on a new benchmark with the arrivel of this recording from Rafal Blechacz...It is a rare integrale in which every work is as technically successful and musically convincing as all its companions...this is Chopin-playing of the highest order, with recorded piano sound that far surpasses the earlier versions. --Gramophone Magazine, December 2013

"His CD is considered as among the best productions of the year" by la1.rsi.ch


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