17/18 Piano Recital Series: Rafal Blechacz, Piano
Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).
Since 2005, when Rafał Blechacz became the first Polish musician in three decades to win Warsaw’s International Chopin Piano Competition, he has become an established star, collecting the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, Echo Klassik Awards, appearances with many of the world’s premier orchestras, and several gold records. He has been prolific, recording Chopin’s complete preludes, piano concertos, and Polonaises alongside works by other masters. The New York Times raved that Blechacz finds “subtle ways to uncover freshness and spontaneity” in familiar repertoire, while Bachtrack called his playing “crystalline and elegant.”
In his third visit to Duke Performances since 2010, Blechacz begins by contrasting Mozart’s sprightly and uplifting Rondo in A Minor with his bleak Sonata in A Minor, the latter written during the final illness of Mozart’s mother. Blechacz turns to Beethoven’s brilliantly expressive late Sonata in A Major, op. 101, then delights with Schumann’s animated Carnival Scenes from Vienna. He ends the evening with two works by his compatriot Chopin: tempestous Mazurkas based on folk dance melodies, and the concert’s culmination, the Polish master’s Ballade No. 4, a work of extreme beauty.
Mozart: Rondo in A Minor, K. 511 & Sonata No. 8 in A Minor, K. 310
Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A Major, op. 101
Schumann: Carnival Scenes from Vienna, op. 26
Chopin: Mazurkas, op. 24 & Ballade No. 4, op. 52