Rafal Blechacz piano
Mozart – Rondò in la minore K 511 – Sonata n. 8 in la minore K 310 Beethoven – Sonata n. 28 in la maggiore op. 101 Schumann – Sonata in sol minore op. 22 n. 2 Chopin – Quattro mazurche op. 24 – Polacca in la bemolle maggiore op. 53 n. 6
In 2005, when Rafal Blechacz won the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the jury decided not to award a second prize, so great was the distance between the Polish pianist and the other contestants. Winning an important competition doesn’t always lead to a true artistic career, but in Blechacz’s case all the hopes and all the anticipation were rewarded.
The Quartetto’s audiences will recall with joy the first recital he gave for us, in 2010, the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, as well as the confirmations of his talent in 2012 and 2015, both times with a great deal of Chopin. Chopin is present in Blechacz’s new programme, with the most heroic and spectacular of the polonaises following the delicate Mazurkas op. 24. But there are also two tempestuous sonatas – K. 310 of Mozart and op. 22 of Schumann, together with Mozart’s intense Rondo K. 511 and Beethoven’s Sonata op. 101, the least popular among the composer’s last five works in the genre. It will be a real test for a pianist with plenty of poetry and a crystalline technique.