092: Pseudomize

Verb: pseudomize (third-person singular simple present pseudomizes, present participle pseudomizing, simple past and past participle pseudomized) – To pseudonymize

This is a shortlist of things I absolutely want Rafał Blechacz to release in descending order of desire. (I wish he would release them. Even begging doesn’t do much here.)

Sergei Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor. Blechacz himself has commented before that this work can bring a tear to his eye (somebody scour Preludia, I’m not one to cite sources), though elsewhere (I’ve quoted this before) he says that Rachmaninoff is still “too hard.” You’re being modest again, Rafał, we all know you’re lying through your teeth when you say something’s too difficult for you. It just means you’re not sure it’s perfect yet, which is fine, since we want to hear your full output on the work and not some half-assed playing.

F. Chopin – Polonaise in A-flat major, op. 53. This has been released maybe twice in different forms: a studio recording for DUX Records in his debut album Piano Recital (track twenty-five, at the end) and a live recording (also for DUX Records) at the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition. Both these versions are good (I personally prefer the latter, despite the audible slip in the final reprise. (I’ve written DUX about this but they haven’t gotten back to me.) It seems that this particular wish may soon be granted, since Blechacz’s new album of Chopin polonaises is floating out there in the wind.

J.S. Bach – 24 Preludes & Fugues (“The Well-Tempered Clavier”). You’ve said time and again that if you were not a pianist, you would be an organist; you’ve also said (pretty sure – again, to the Preludia-mobile) that Bach is one of your great musical loves. I’ve been looking a long time for a worthy collection to purchase – and I’m convinced that yours must be the only one. If you were ever to record it.

F. Chopin – in descending order, the complete mazurkas, the complete nocturnes, the complete scherzos and impromptus (where’s the fourth scherzo in E major from the competition, eh?) the complete etudes, most piano sonatas (anybody know where the first one is?), the complete waltzes, the miscellaneous works. Just because you should, you know, record the complete works of Chopin.

L.V. Beethoven’s late piano sonatas. Better yet, just a complete cycle of the complete sonatas!

F. Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, or any other such showpieces. Our CS Professor just recently put up his set of Lazar Berman, and I’m suddenly in the mood for more. You recorded three Liszt etudes for your debut album; why not go full-on and do a whole disk of them…?


…so unless he periodically searches Google for himself, I guess this post falls on deaf ears. I’m going to go cry in a corner for about a week until I get to hear him live at Herbst Theater in SF.



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