Choose artist...
Rafal Blechacz


Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: March 3, 2023

Press Release

Read press

Artist Details

Read bio

Tour Dates



1 Piano Sonata No_ 2 in B-Flat Minor, Op_ 35 - I_ Grave - Doppio movimento  
2 II_ Scherzo - Piu` lento  
3 III_ Marche fune`bre  
4 IV_ Finale_ Presto  
5 Nocturnes, Op_ 48 - No_ 2 in F-Sharp Minor  
6 Piano Sonata No_ 3 in B Minor, Op_ 58 - I_ Allegro maestoso  
7 II_ Scherzo_ Molto vivace  
8 III_ Largo  
9 IV_ Finale_ Presto non tanto  
10 Barcarolle in F-Sharp Major, Op_ 60  
Show all tracks

“I feel that I have had some adventures with these pieces before recording them,” says Rafal Blechacz, whose latest album is a tribute to his compatriot Chopin. “I’m freer today regarding the use of tempo rubato, dynamic contrasts and emotional extremes, and maybe I’m braver with certain ideas. I didn’t want to wait any longer before going into the studio.” 

Blechacz’s devotion to the art of Chopin predates his victory in the 2005 Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition – when he became just the fourth Polish winner in its prestigious history. It has continued to deepen and mature over the years, underpinned by a desire to uncover fresh layers of expression and meaning. Rafal Blechacz – Chopin presents his insightful interpretations of Sonatas Nos. 2 and 3, among the most musically adventurous and technically demanding in the piano repertoire. It also includes two carefully chosen companion pieces: the Nocturne Op. 48 No. 2 and the Barcarolle Op. 60. The album will be released by Deutsche Grammophon in all formats, including a 2-LP vinyl edition, on 3 March 2023. 

Chopin completed his Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor in 1839 while staying at Nohant, the novelist George Sand’s idyllic country manor south of Paris. The work channels elements of technical display, lyricism and dance rhythms into the framework of a four-movement sonata. Its sombre slow movement, the famous Funeral March, originally conceived in 1837 as a free-standing piece and often performed as such, is one of Chopin’s most popular compositions; its pathos and drama, however, are intensified when heard in the context of the sonata as a whole. 

Go to artist details