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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)

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