Piano Recital Filharmonia Narodowa

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Piano Recital
Ewa Pobłocka, fot. archiwum artystki

The concert will take place at the Concert Hall. Tickets purchased for the Chamber Music Hall remain valid and retain their seats numbers.

 

On the pianist’s website (ewapoblocka.com) we can find a very interesting interview; in its current graphic layout (accessed 7 June 2021) it is succinctly highlighted and titled simply: “An Interview”. But in fact, it is an “interview” that Ewa Pobłocka conducted with herself, or in other words, she wrote down her answers and her own thoughts, answering the questions that nobody had ever asked her in any official interview. She also posed the simplest question, but perhaps the most difficult one for many artists: “Your favourite composers”? They are actually hidden between “favourite painters, writers, favourite films and museums”, perhaps because this way it is easier to overcome the difficulty of formulating an answer? Ewa Pobłocka’s response is seemingly straightforward, yet highly intriguing: “Bach, because his every note is for the glory of the Lord and also because of his optimism, even in Trauer Ode; and Schubert, because of his sadness and emotion…”.

Bach – probably only next to Chopin, with whose work Ewa Pobłocka is obviously associated – has always been a presence in her artistic career. In the quoted “interview” she mentions him once again, when asked about her most important concerts, the ones she will remember forever: “The first Bach recital at the Warsaw Philharmonic [sic!]. A Bach recital on Good Friday, at the Ethnographic Museum in Pruszków, when I asked the audience not to clap. There was only Bach and together with the last chord the lights went out. I wanted everyone to leave the concert only with music in their souls”. Indeed, regardless of the repertoire performed, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, like no other composer, encourages reflection, and directs thoughts towards important questions that should not even be clearly formulated or put into words. Regardless of whether we are listening to the partitas or preludes and fugues from Das wohltemperierte Klavier, or the elaborate contrapuntal puzzles from Die Kunst der Fuge, thoughts begin to circulate in another sphere, far from everyday life. And perhaps the most important vocation of an artist and the essence of art is to ennoble and elevate? To give encouragement and offer an antidote for the sorrows of bleak existence? When you listen to Ewa Pobłocka’s interpretations of Bach with all their focused attention, there is no doubt that this is the case.