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Rafał Blechacz|Debussy - Szymanowski

Debussy - Szymanowski

Rafał Blechacz

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As the winner of several prestigious piano competitions, Rafal Blechacz might be expected to record virtuoso showpieces and blockbuster concertos to demonstrate his phenomenal skills and prowess. Yet this album of mostly quiet solo piano works by Claude Debussy and Karol Szymanowski bespeaks an introspective and reflective nature, and Blechacz reveals much of his inner character in these impressionistic and post-Romantic pieces. They aren't without technical challenges, and Blechacz handles the intricacies of Debussy's elaborate filigree and Szymanowski's dense counterpoint with polished ease. But at the core of these works is a melancholy fin de siècle expression that is apparent in the evocative scene painting of Pour le piano and Estampes, and in the brooding and passionate melodies of the Sonata in C minor. This is a wonderful album to explore in solitude, and Blechacz's subtle playing is best appreciated at leisure, without distractions. Deutsche Grammophon delivers its usual immaculate sound, so every nuance of phrasing and dynamic change is audible.
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Pour le piano, L. 95

1
I. Prélude
00:03:47

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
II. Sarabande
00:04:11

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
III. Toccata
00:03:57

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Estampes, L. 100

4
I. Pagodes
00:05:00

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
II. Soirée dans Grenade
00:04:11

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
III. Jardins sous la pluie
00:03:36

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Debussy: L'Isle Joyeuse, L. 106
00:05:36

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor

8
Prelude Lento, ma non troppo, rubato
00:02:37

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Fugue Andante
00:04:04

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Sonata In C Minor, Op. 8

10
I. Allegro moderato
00:06:38

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
II. Adagio
00:05:04

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
III. Tempo di Minuetto
00:03:43

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Sonata In C Minor, Op. 8 / 4. Finale

13
Introduzione
00:02:26

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Fuga a tre voci
00:07:28

Karol Szymanowski, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin, Marketed by Deutsche Grammophon & Decca Classics, U.S., a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Suite bergamasque, L. 75

15
III. Clair de lune
00:04:22

Claude Debussy, Composer - Arend Prohmann, Producer, Recording Producer - Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christian Leins, Producer, Executive Producer - Rafał Blechacz, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

As the winner of several prestigious piano competitions, Rafal Blechacz might be expected to record virtuoso showpieces and blockbuster concertos to demonstrate his phenomenal skills and prowess. Yet this album of mostly quiet solo piano works by Claude Debussy and Karol Szymanowski bespeaks an introspective and reflective nature, and Blechacz reveals much of his inner character in these impressionistic and post-Romantic pieces. They aren't without technical challenges, and Blechacz handles the intricacies of Debussy's elaborate filigree and Szymanowski's dense counterpoint with polished ease. But at the core of these works is a melancholy fin de siècle expression that is apparent in the evocative scene painting of Pour le piano and Estampes, and in the brooding and passionate melodies of the Sonata in C minor. This is a wonderful album to explore in solitude, and Blechacz's subtle playing is best appreciated at leisure, without distractions. Deutsche Grammophon delivers its usual immaculate sound, so every nuance of phrasing and dynamic change is audible.
© TiVo

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