Friday, February 20, 2009

Rafal Blechacz toca Chopin en el Festival Klara, Bruselas, 2007: Una Transmisión Maravillosa.

Frydryk Chopin

Rafal Blechacz - piano

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bruxelles (Klara Festival) 12 Sept 2007

This is simply a gorgeous recital. Chopin, played in such a way that dissolves the tightrope act of balancing a subjective interpretation with the replaying of oft-retreaded notes. Rafal Blechacz reminds me of early Ivan Moravec in this. The ungainly, dissonant, stranger side of the works is neither slighted nor paraded, and I feel nary a trace of schmaltzy moping. What is left is a great recital, clean and confident. 
The radio announcer (in french, appropriately enough) is there but you can program her out, if you wish. 
This concert includes my personal favorite Chopin composition: Barcarolle, opus 60, and a complete, unbroken stream of  what James Huneker considers "...Chopin's claim to immortality. Such range, such vision, such humanity! All shades of feeling are divined, all depth and altitudes of passion explored. If all Chopin, all music, were to be destroyed I should plead for the Preludes"...

Barcarolle en fa dièse majeur opus 60
Deux Nocturnes opus 62 (1846)
Trois Mazurkas opus 50 (1841-2)
Polonaise en la bémol majeur opus 53 (1842)
24 Préludes opus 28 (1836-9)
Mazurka en mi mineur opus 17/II (1832-3)
Valse en do mineur opus 64/II (1846-7)

Thanks to fadoze, music (and this artwork) from his torrent "FA2008-154"
fadoze! don't stab me for converting this to the dreaded lossy mp3! Had to spread the wealth...


Guillermo said...

crab9 said...

Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

why is it so useful to compress this excellent sound
fadoze usually record at top quality
to day disk space is not a burden
and - if necessary - one can compress to MP3
if he prefers
but anyway, i say 'merci'
i like so much this Rafal

Sandflyer said...

Thank you for this. I will post my Blechacz recital from Verbier soon.

Also, a question for the more experienced broadcast bloggers - is it normal (or preferred) to record broadcasts with the announcer between the pieces? I have always edited the announcer out to give more of a live concert feel to the recording, and also to save space - most full length concerts fit on a single 80 minute CD.
Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

This looks great; I'm looking forward very much to hearing it.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!