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Rafal Blechacz|Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Rafal Blechacz

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Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz (pronunciation perilous for non-Poles, but try "BLEH-hotch") made his name as a young Chopin specialist, but has often featured Bach's Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971, in concert. The Bach-Chopin connection is one that would have made perfect sense to Chopin himself, and here Blechacz expands it to full program length, with impressive results indeed. He may remind you of Dinu Lipatti, another Eastern European Chopin player whose Bach was haunting: sample the gentle and yet awesomely clear first movement of the Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825. Blechacz's Italian Concerto has great forward urgency without ever breaking tempo. The program has an intelligent structure of its own, placing the rather rare Four Duets, BWV 802-805 -- essentially expanded two-part inventions -- at the center: the music seems to enter a deeper chromatic realm and then slowly depart from it with another partita, and finally, with the arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Dame Myra Hess, another pianist whom Blechacz may bring to mind. If it seems wrong to bring up these big names, well, just give the album a listen. With this release Blechacz definitively transcends young phenom status. The metal-oriented Friedrich-Ebert-Halle arena in Ludwigshafen is a bit large and impersonal for what Blechacz is trying to do here, although everything's clear.
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Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
I. (Allegro)
00:03:53

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

2
II. Andante
00:04:56

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

3
III. Presto
00:03:33

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

4
Prelude
00:01:48

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

5
Allemande
00:02:20

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

6
Courante
00:02:21

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

7
IV. Sarabande
00:04:43

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

8
Menuet I & II
00:02:39

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

9
Gigue
00:01:57

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

4 Duettos (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
I. Duetto In E Minor, BWV 802
00:02:44

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

11
II. Duetto in F Major, BWV 803
00:02:42

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

12
III. Duetto in G Major, BWV 804
00:02:22

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

13
IV. Duetto in A Minor, BWV 805
00:02:08

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Fantasia & Fugue In A Minor, BWV 944 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

14
Fantasia
00:00:44

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

15
Fuga
00:04:26

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Partita No.3 in A minor, BWV 827 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

16
I. Fantasia
00:02:11

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

17
II. Allemande
00:03:44

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

18
3. Corrente
00:02:58

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

19
IV. Sarabande
00:03:23

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

20
V. Burlesca
00:02:06

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

21
VI. Scherzo
00:01:11

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

22
VII. Gigue
00:03:01

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2017 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

23
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Arr. for Piano by Myra Hess)
00:04:03

Rafal Blechacz, Piano - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - (Rainer Maillard, Recording Engineer - Arend Prohmann, Producer)

℗ 2016 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

Album Description

Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz (pronunciation perilous for non-Poles, but try "BLEH-hotch") made his name as a young Chopin specialist, but has often featured Bach's Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971, in concert. The Bach-Chopin connection is one that would have made perfect sense to Chopin himself, and here Blechacz expands it to full program length, with impressive results indeed. He may remind you of Dinu Lipatti, another Eastern European Chopin player whose Bach was haunting: sample the gentle and yet awesomely clear first movement of the Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825. Blechacz's Italian Concerto has great forward urgency without ever breaking tempo. The program has an intelligent structure of its own, placing the rather rare Four Duets, BWV 802-805 -- essentially expanded two-part inventions -- at the center: the music seems to enter a deeper chromatic realm and then slowly depart from it with another partita, and finally, with the arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Dame Myra Hess, another pianist whom Blechacz may bring to mind. If it seems wrong to bring up these big names, well, just give the album a listen. With this release Blechacz definitively transcends young phenom status. The metal-oriented Friedrich-Ebert-Halle arena in Ludwigshafen is a bit large and impersonal for what Blechacz is trying to do here, although everything's clear.
© TiVo

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