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Chopin: Polonaises

Rafal Blechacz

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Polonaise No.1 In C Sharp Minor, Op.26, No.1
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Polonaise No.2 In E Flat Minor, Op.26, No.2
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Polonaise No.3 In A Major, Op.40, No.1 "Military"
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Polonaise No.4 In C Minor, Op.40, No.2
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Polonaise No.5 In F Sharp Minor, Op.44
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Polonaise No.6 In A Flat, Op.53 "Heroic"
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Polonaise No.7 In A Flat, Op.61 Polonaise-Fantaisie
Frédéric Chopin; Rafal Blechacz
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    54:47
"Editor's Choice: this is Chopin-playing of the highest order ..." - Gramophone "Blechacz reaches to the heart of the seven works in this programme, his expressive personality finding a compelling accord with Chopin’s own." - The Telegraph "Blechacz plays with freshness and verve. He understands instinctively how Chopin elevates the traditional Polish dance into a national statement, with a sound that is both proudly majestic and melancholy ..." - BBC Music Magazine Rafal Blechacz's 2013 recital of Chopin’s Polonaises has been called a benchmark for future Chopin recordings. The Polish pianist burst onto the music scene at the young age of 20 as the sole recipient of all five first prizes at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, winning First Prize overall as well as the polonaise, mazurka, sonata and concerto prizes. One of the judges said that Blechacz "so outclassed the remaining finalists that no second prize could actually be awarded."
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – DG Studio Masters

Recording: Hamburg-Harburg, Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, 1/2013 Executive Producer: Angelika Meissner Producer: Arend Prohmann Recording Engineer (Tonmeister): Rainer Maillard Project Coordinators: Veronika Weiher, Anna-Lena Rodewald Piano Technician: Jan Kittel Recorded and mastered by Emil Berliner Studios Booklet Editor: Manuela Amadei Cover and Artist Photos: (C) Felix Broede Art Direction: Merle Kersten Design: Philipp Starke

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