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Chopin: Polonaises / Rafal Blechacz, piano

Album Summary

>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
>Chopin, Frédéric : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rafal Blechacz recital of Chopin's Polonaises will be welcomed by his large number of fans, who have eagerly awaited this release. Blechacz's Polonaises will be a landmark recording of this highly emotional, popular and poetic music. The recording will include seven Polonaises, one of which is the Polonaise No. 7 in A flat major, op. 61 "Polonaise Fantaisie". He is one of Deutsche Grammophon's best-selling young artists - his stunning albums have sold more than 180,000 units worldwide. His last album, featuring Debussy and Blechacz's compatriot Szymanowski, was named winner of the "Best Classical Album of the Year" at the Polish Fryderyk Awards and went Gold in his native country within a week of release in February 2012. Rafal is touring in 2012 & 2013 in France, Italy, Germany, US, Japan, Switzerland. Please check B2B for an updated schedule.

The Telegraph, 20th September 2013
He has the requisite power to assert his presence, as Chopin so often does at the start of these pieces, but he also has the breadth of understanding to temper his tonal strength, depth and muscle with tenderness, lyrical warmth and a pianistic palette of both rich and delicate colours.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas Issue 2013
Displaying a brilliantly secure technique, the young Polish pianist is fully up to the challenges of these glittering pieces. He also feels the nostalgia and longing of the music, and hearing him play the Polonaises is like hearing an authentically Viennese performances of a waltz.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
I think we all might agree on a new benchmark with the arrivel of this recording from Rafal Blechacz...It is a rare integrale in which every work is as technically successful and musically convincing as all its companions...this is Chopin-playing of the highest order, with recorded piano sound that far surpasses the earlier versions.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Hamburg-Harburg (01/2013).



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Works Details

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaises (2) for Piano, B 90/Op. 26
  • Performer: Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaises (2) for Piano, Op. 40
  • Performer: Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1839

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 5 in F sharp minor, Op. 44, CT. 154
  • Performer: Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise for piano no 6 in A flat major ("Héroique"), Op. 53, CT. 155
  • Performer: Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842-1843

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Polonaise-fantasy for piano no 7 in A flat major, Op. 61, CT. 156
  • Performer: Rafal Blechacz (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846