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Sound of Chopin Again in Duszniki
September 16, 2009 By Barbara Deręgowska   
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Most of the pianists invited to the 64th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki Zdrój this year played in the spa town for the first time. But some of them were well remembered by festival audiences. In all, 18 concerts were given over a week by musicians from across the world. "We invited many young and talented artists at the start of their careers," says Piotr Paleczny, who has been artistic director of the festival for 17 years. "They showed a high level of performance and some concerts were outstanding. I am convinced that the festival has brought music lovers unforgettable experiences."

On the 160th anniversary of Chopin's death, the famous Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was played at the festival for the first time. Chopin's wish was for this composition to be played after his death at the funeral ceremony.

Many concerts ended with encores and standing ovations. As usual, the audience's favorite was Alexander Gavrylyuk, a frequent participant in the festival. The audiences also liked interpretations by Eugen Indjic, Nikolai Lugansky, Khatia Buniatishvili, Mariya Kim, Lim Dong-Hyek and Jue Wang. Very good concerts were given by Karolina Nadolska, Aleksandra ¦wigut and Piotr Różański as part of an initiative to promote young talent.

The youngest pianist at the festival, 14-year-old Asagi Nakata of Japan, was one of the musicians appearing at the traditional evening concert with candles, called the Nocturne. As usual, outstanding teachers, including Prof. Oleg Maisenber, Prof. Matti Raekallio and Prof. Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, led a master class at the festival.
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