Rafal Blechacz plays Johann Sebastian Bach | Deutsche Grammophon 4795534

Rafal Blechacz plays Johann Sebastian Bach


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Label: Deutsche Grammophon

Cat No: 4795534

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 10th February 2017



A new statement from Rafał Blechacz, one of the finest young pianists of his generation.

Celebrated by his Chopin awarded recordings and cited by critics as one of those talents that only come along every few decades - has now turned to Bach.

The now 31-year-old winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, has been immersed in Bach since his childhood and has cultivated a strikingly natural eloquence in his mature interpretations of the composer’s keyboard works.

This is the perfect album to show his versatility and fine knowledge of the works of the composer.

Rafal’s interpretation flows not least from his formative experience as an organist. Young Rafał cut his musical teeth on Bach’s principal instrument, playing organ for several years before turning full time to piano. In addition to playing for services at the main church in his hometown of Nakło nad Notecią, he also gave occasional recitals there long after becoming a pianist.  “I was fascinated by the organ, and many of my earliest musical memories are of listening to the organ in church,” he recalls.

This album includes some real hit pieces like the Italian Concerto, one of Blechacz’s signature pieces (“… his reading was, above all, a model of textural transparency” – Portland Press Herald ), and the Partita No.1 (“… it was immediately clear from the first sweet, liquid notes that Blechacz is a musician in service to the music, searching its depths, exploring its meaning and probing its possibilities” – Washington Post ) or “Jesu Joy of Men’s Desiring”.

“Blechacz is a superlative pianist” – BBC Music Magazine

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