The Shrine of Rafał Blechacz

I offer nothing official. I’m just a devout fan.

The English Wikipedia has a short but informative article on Blechacz. There are many links in the “references” section to other sites with information, too.

Also – this is very, very important if you didn’t already know – there’s an excellent source named “Preludia” for all things Blechacz, available in both English and Japanese. Preludia is run by Akiko Ichikura and is currently the best source that I’m aware of for all things Blechacz. Visit now, subscribe to the blog, and give thanks to Ms. Ichkura for investing her time in this heartwarming endeavor. Thank you, Akiko!

I will (slowly) make an attempt to keep track of the repertoire of Maestro Blechacz; the list appears at the bottom of this page.

These last two are my own enlargements (same quality as the ones above, but large enough to print for a 20” by 30” poster). Felix Broede holds the copyright, and the photos are courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon. I redistribute these photos in accordance with the the policies outlined in the originals, and with the added suggestion that you buy a CD or two of Rafał’s playing to go with these beautiful pictures, if you should decide to poster-print them as I have 🙂

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INCOMPLETE LIST OF RAFAŁ BLECHACZ’S REPERTOIRE

This list is under constant construction. If you see I’m missing something really important, I’ve probably noticed too and am in the process of fixing it. But you can drop me a line anyway to let me know!

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  • Chorale (no. 10?) from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, better known “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
  • Italian Concerto, BWV 971
  • Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • Partita no. 3 in A minor, BWV 827

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  • Concerto no. 2 in B flat major, op. 19
  • Concerto no. 3 in C minor, op. 37
  • Concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58
  • Sonata no. 2 in A major, op. 2 no. 2
  • Sonata no. 7 in D major, op. 10 no. 3
  • Sonata no. 8 in C minor, op. 13

Chopin, Fryderyk

  • Ballade no. 1 in G minor, op. 23
  • Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38
  • Ballade no. 3 in A flat major, op. 47
  • Barcarolle in F sharp major, op. 60
  • Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11
  • Concerto no. 2 in F minor, op. 21
  • Etude in F major, op. 10 no. 8
  • Etude in A flat major, op. 10 no. 10
  • Mazurkas, op. 17 – no. 4 in A minor
  • Mazurkas, op. 41 – no. 1 in E minor; no. 2 in B major; no. 3 in A flat major; no. 4 in C sharp minor
  • Mazurkas, op. 50 – no. 2 in A flat major
  • Mazurkas, op. 56 – no. 1 in B major; no. 2 in C major; no. 3 in C minor
  • Mazurkas, op. 63 – no. 1 in B major; no. 2 in F minor; no. 3 in C sharp minor
  • Nocturne in A flat major, op. 32 no. 2 – Lento
  • 2 Nocturnes, op. 62 – no. 1 in B major, Andante; no. 2 in E major, Lento
  • Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. posth. – Lento con gran espressione
  • 24 Preludes, op. 28
  • Prelude in A flat major, op. posth. (“no. 26”) – Presto con leggierezza
  • Prelude in C sharp minor, op. 45 (“no. 25”) – Sostenuto
  • 2 Polonaises, op. 26 – no. 1 in C sharp minor, Allegro appassionato; no. 2 in E flat minor, Maestoso
  • 2 Polonaises, op. 40 – no. 1 in A major, Allegro con brio; no. 2 in C minor, Allegro maestoso
  • Polonaise in F sharp minor, op. 44 – Tempo di polacca – doppio movimento, tempo di Mazurka – Tempo I
  • Polonaise in A flat major, op. 53 – Maestoso
  • Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat major, op. 61 – Allegro maestoso
  • Scherzo no. 3 in C sharp minor, op. 39
  • Scherzo no. 4 in E major, op. 54
  • Sonata no. 3 in B minor, op. 58
  • Waltz in A minor, op. 34 no. 2
  • Waltz in D flat major, op. 64 no. 1
  • Waltz in C sharp minor, op. 64 no. 2
  • Waltz in A flat major, op. 64 no. 3

Liszt, Franz

  • Concerto no. 1 in E flat major, s. 124 (speculative)
  • Concerto no. 2 in A major, s. 125 (as above, speculative)
  • Three Concert Etudes, s. 144 – no. 2, “La leggierezza”
  • Two Concert Etudes, s. 145 – no. 1, “Waldesrauschen;” no. 2, “Gnomenreigen”

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

  • Concerto no. 24, K. 491 [extant bootleg with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra]
  • Sonata in D major, K. 311
  • 9 Variations on “Lison Dormait,” K.264 (315d)

Saint-Saens, Camille [Saint-Saëns, Camille]

  • Concerto no. 2 in G minor, op. 22 [extant bootleg with the Concertgebouw]

Schumann, Robert

  • Concerto in A minor, op. 54
  • Sonata in G minor, op. 22

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One thought on “The Shrine of Rafał Blechacz

  1. Sarah

    Thank you for the informative post about Rafal Blechacz He’s also my favorite pianist, head over heals for him as well 🙂 I read whatever I can lay my hands on related to the great artist. His interpretations especially those of Chopin marvels me like no other.
    I am an admin to the Rafal Blechacz appreciation society page on FB. You are welcome to join and share your thoughts and posts about the legendary pianist:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/7867031337/?fref=nf

    I found Rafal Blechacz playing Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 in g minor Op.22 on YT, if you would like to add it to the list recorded from a concert in Amsterdam in 2009.

    Reply

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