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Duke Arts Presents

Rafal Blechacz, piano

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 8:00 pm

Reynolds Industries Theater

At age 26, Poland’s Rafal Blechacz already offers “deep, contemplative interpretations with underlying solid technique that no other young musician can emulate” (NY Times). After unprecedentedly sweeping every First Prize at the 2005 Chopin International Piano Competition — the first Polish pianist to win in 30 years — he brings his preternatural talent to Reynolds Theater, capping an evening of Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin with Polish master Szymanowski’s Piano Sonata No. 1. Blechacz’s recording of this colossal sonata cemented his emergence as “one of the pianistic giants of our time” (The Times [UK]).


BACH: Partita in A Minor, BWV 827
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D Major, Op. 10, No. 3
CHOPIN: Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
CHOPIN: Polonaise in C-sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1
CHOPIN: Polonaise in E-flat Minor, Op. 26, No. 2
SZYMANOWSKI: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 8