"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)
Release by the Presidential Office of the Republic of Poland
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On Feb. 24, Rafał Blechacz returned to Warsaw to perform Beethoven's C-minor concerto with the Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra (conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk)
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