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Jun 25, 2015

Blechacz played for his folks in hometowns Nakło nad Notecią and Bydgoszcz




June 18 @his parish church in Nakło nad Notecią, playing Bach, Beethoven and Chopin for the audience whom he feels closest in his heart, ten years after winning the 2005 Chopin Competition.





"It's an oasis of peace. - Nakło is always such a place, where I return, I love the tranquility, being with family, with friends, I think it is very important when preparing for the next artistic challenges for the next concert." (Rafal Blechacz)

The audience included Father Jan Andrzejczak, the priest who recognized his talent when he was a child, and his school teachers.

June 20 @ Queen of Martyrs Basilica, Bydgoszcz


He served these churches as an organist for a long time.

For the past ten years he traveled one million kilometers for over 500 concerts in Europe, America and Asia.

Other pics and news of these concerts         ☆ interview (audio)
                                                      ☆ Blechacz's thanks to audience


TVP broadcast -- Aug. 8, 9, 13.


Another interview (audio)


Express Bydgoski




















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In late May and earlier in June, Blechacz toured with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, playing Mozart Piano Concerto in A major K.488.

May 30      Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam        pic
May 31      Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht         pic
June 2       Zollverein, Essen                     review   pic
June 3       Wurzburg Residenz, Wurzb        review  review
June 4       Victoria Hall, Geneve               review
June 6       Petr Bezruc Cultural Centre, Czech   review   video news  Polish Government


Listen to the performance at Victoria Hall from Radio 4 of the Netherlands,
available until the end of August.


Web Radio broadcast of performance at Wurzburg, July 22 18:05 (Germany local time)


photo credit Janackuv maj FB

Rehearsal with Sinfonietta

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On May 6, he played Brahms' Piano Concerto No.1 with Orchestre Philharmonique de Rotterdam, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin

There were some pic and review.


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His recital in NY, Oct. 2014 to be made available on WMHT, August 9 18:00 (USET), 24:00 (CET),

he toured in North America with the same program.

Bach: Italian Concerto;
Beethoven: Sonata in C minor, Pathetique;
Chopin: Nocturne in E Major Op. 62, Three Waltzes Op. 64, Three Mazurkas Op. 56, and Polonaise in F-sharp minor Op. 44;
(added on Aug. 3)




Jun 24, 2015

Beethoven PIano Concerto No.2

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2


Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich
Conducted by Michael Sanderling
Piano: Rafal Blechacz

(@Zurich Tonhalle, Feb.2013)

Apr 30, 2015

Recitals in Rome, German cities and beyond...

Spring recitals in Rome and three cities in Germany

photo credit: ruprecht.de


Johann Sebastian Bach: Italian Concerto BWV 971
Ludwig v. Beethoven: Sonata in c-Moll op. 13 (Pathétique)
Frédéric Chopin:
Nocturne E-Dur op. 62 No. 2
3 Walzer op. 64
3 Mazurkas op. 56
Polonaise fis-Moll op. 44

April 20    Recital for Musikfestspiele Saar (Saar Music Festival)
              @Ludwigskirche in Old Saarbrücken, Germany (baroque style church)


April 22    Recital @Sala Santa Cecilia, Parco della Musica, Rome


April 24    Recital for Heidelberg Festival @Kongresshaus Stadthalle Heidelberg

April 27    Recital @Alte Oper Frankfurt


Pictures:  Rome   Rome   Heidelberg

Previews & Reviews:  Saarbrücken (audio, interview included)
                                  Rome    Rome   Rome  Rome
                                  Heidelberg   Heidelberg
                                  Heidelberg (by Clavisora)  Thanks!

Registration requied:  Il Foglio, Rome, interview,
                              Saarbrücken, review


During the rest of the current season, he'll play Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488 several times and give two recitals in Nakło nad Notecią and Bydgoszcz, the cities that helped him grow musically.


photo credit: 
academia nazionale disanta cecilia FB




Mar 5, 2015

Two recitals in Italy

March 3 @Conservatorio "G. Verdi"in Milan.

Program page        Program leaflet (PDF)

Review written by Luca Chierici for ilcorrielemusicale.it
"Polish aura in Milan.  The pianist confirms his talent"


Review on fuoridallorbita
"Great interpretation by R. Blechacz

photo credit:ilcorrieremusicale.it
A photo by an audience member

Pictures taken by Polish fans in Milan.
Receiving flowers, giving signs....
(.....) he's completing the dissertation soon (...)


One of the previews




March 2  @Auditorium Manzoni, in Bologna

Program page

Audience member's blog
The author is a professor of Bologna University.



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News from his region,
the 2nd Piano Competition for Children and Youth, organized by Niepubliczna Szkoła Muzyczna I Stopnia w Nakle nad Notecią (private music school in Nakło nad Notecią ) under the honorable patronage of Rafał Blechacz will be held on April 18 and 19 in Nakło nad Notecią, his birthplace.  The first Competition was in April last year.





Feb 25, 2015

Music - the most beautiful thing in life, Blechacz played in Warsaw

"For me the past decade has been quite intensive with concert activities. (...) It has been an intensive but happy time.” said Rafał Blechacz reflecting on the past ten years since his victory at the Chopin Competition.

"Fortunately, I have always music existing with me; probably the most beautiful thing that could happen to me in my life. Music has never failed me, never offended me, and has always accompanied me in all the moments of my life”.
Press release (Wyborcza.pl)


pictures


Release by the Presidential Office of the Republic of Poland
See other pictures of the concert, Order giving 

http://www.prezydent.pl/aktualnosci/ordery-i-odznaczenia/art,1423,order-odrodzenia-polski-dla-rafala-blechacza.html

Facebook of Filharmonia Narodowa




On Feb. 24, Rafał Blechacz returned to Warsaw to perform Beethoven's C-minor concerto with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk)

program page

Review by Jacek Marczyński on Rzeczpospolita

(.....) all the time the pianist was trying to get a hold of canons of classical form, not letting emotions carry it away. And this is probably the most important feature of Rafał Blechacz's pianism, who does not want to surprise the listener with something unusual, unexpected(.....)



In the first half of the concert, the Orchestra played the 5th symphony of the same composer.
After the intermission, Blechacz appeared.

He gave two encores:Adagio cantabile from Beethoven's sonata in C-minor "Pathétique" and Chopin's Mazurka Op.56-2.

Then he was awarded with Knight's Cross, The Order of Polonia Restituta (meaning The Order of  Rebirth of Poland, one of the highest orders in Poland, only given to outstanding achievements in the fields of education, science, sport, culture, etc..) by Mr. Jacek Michałowski of the Presidential Office on behalf of H.E. President Bronisław Komorowski.  The First Lady H.E.Anna Komorowska was present at the concert.

Following pictures are contributed by a Polish fan who attended the concert in Warsaw.  She said RB's performance was phenomenal.
Big thanks to Ms. A.J ☆彡

























Feb 22, 2015

Celebrating Chopin Week 2015

Wszystkiego najlepszego, Panie Chopin!


                             (Recorded on October 13, 2010 @studio, Tokyo)


【Japanese caption in the video】
   英雄ポロネーズ: Heroic Polonaise
   ラファウ・ブレハッチ: Rafał Blechacz

Born in Poland in 1985. Has been fond of church organ in his neighborhood since his infancy. Began piano playing at age of five. In 2005, won the 15th Chopin International Piano Competition as the first Pole in 30 years. His pure sound and unpretentious expression are permeated with the nobleness that characterizes Chopin's music.


Feb 20, 2015

Blechacz at Konzerthaus, Vienna

Wiener Konzerthaus (Main Hall) on Monday, Feb.16, 2015, Program of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin.
Encores: Brahms Intermezzo A-Dur op. 118/2,  Chopin Prélude A-Dur op. 28/7


photo credit: Klassikblog.com
Review by Katharina Wappel on Wiener Zeitung
"Pathetique, soulful beauty"


I saw tweets by audience members written in English, Spanish, German and Japanese.


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In May last year, Blechacz performed at Wiener Musikverein Beethoven's concerto No.3 with Wiener Symphoniker for three days in a row.  He reportedly said that it was really great pleasure to play with the Wienersymphoniker under Altinoglu in the famous concert hall and the reaction of the audience was very awarding for him.

As for Konzerthaus (Großer Saal), it was for the first time since Dec. 2010 that he performed there.
My husband, his friend in Vienna (a singer at Wiener Staatsoper), his wife and I were at RB's previous appearance.  He played Chopin's E-minor concerto and looked inspired.   I liked his enthralling interpretation.  There was something special in the atmosphere of the house-probably coming from the history of great performances by many great musicians.  His debut at Konzerthaus was in autumn 2007.

Konzerthaus, Dec. 2010
It was not his recital :D







Feb 5, 2015

Brilliant pianist performing in UK, Spain and Luzern

After the recital at Wigmore in London, Rafał Blechacz gave two more recitals in UK.

January 13  Turner Sims Concert Hall in Southampton  

January 15  Peterhouse College Theatre, Cambridge

photo credit: Chopin Society UK

On January 29 and 30, he played Beethoven's piano concerto no.3 in C minor Op.37 with Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra directed by Antoni Wit, the Artistic Director of the orchestra at the main hall of Baluarte in Pamplona, Spain.  If I remember correctly, it is the first time for him to perform with Maestro Wit, his guardian, since May 2012, whey they played Beethoven's concerto no.4 in Prague.

program page

photo credit: Orquestra de Navarra, he gave two encores
Photo from the orchestra's twitter

Review of the concert by J. Óscar Beorlegui. 
"Brilliant pianist and magical conductor"



On Wednesday, he played piano concerto by Mozart in C minor, # 24 with Luzerner Sinfonieorchester (LSO); conductor James Gaffigan at Luzern KKL.  They'll perform the same program on Thursday with an additional treat by Blechacz: a night recital (Nachtkonzert)  of Chopin.

A judge of Gilmore Artist Award 2014, the artistic director of LSO, remembers Blechacz playing in Luzern with the same orchestra and conductor in December 2012 on his nomination of the big prize. New York Times, Jan. 2014

(.....) The orchestra musicians “had begged me to invite him,” Mr. Bischof-Ullmann said, “which is always a very good sign.” (.....) he was particularly struck by Mr. Blechacz’s collaborative spirit. “It was nice to see somebody who does not just come and think, ‘I can play this concerto, let’s have a nice concert,’ but who thinks, ‘Let’s work on it and try to understand it and make our own interpretation.’ ”(.....)











James Gaffigan says;
"Thank you Luzern Symphony Orchestra and Rafał Blechacz for a cleansing week of Schumann and Mozart!"


Review of the concert by Neue Zurcher Zeitung
"Perfect Balance - The pianist Rafal Blechacz in Lucerne".
(It's charged to read the article.)



** Webradio broadcast
    Feb. 8, @20:00, Illinois Public Media (WILL FM) to broadcast some Chopin pieces by RB from Gilmore International Keyboard Festival 2014. (Illinois local time)






Jan 10, 2015

His Pathétique, extraordinary.

Rafał Blechacz at Wigmore Hall, London.  January 8, playing Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin.


"For Beethoven-lovers: Blechacz's interpretation of his Sonata Pathétique is one to dislodge all others from my affections. Extraordinary". (Suzannah Lipscomb)

Poised and elegant pianism from Rafal Blechacz 
Review written by Nahoko Gotoh
Ms.Gotoh  is a Japanese music writer living in London.  She wrote a review of Blechacz's Wigmore debut in 2007 for his Japan tour program booklet of that year, which impressed me a lot.

A photo by an audience member

Encore: Brahms’s A major Intermezzo Op 118 No 2.
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from my trip there in 2010