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67th Duszniki-Zdrój International Chopin Piano Festival August 3-11, 2012

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Despite appearances to the contrary there is  life on earth outside the Olympic Games!

I like sport as much as anyone but I am also greatly looking forward to attending the oldest piano festival in the world yet again, beginning August 3. I shall be keeping my detailed blog as ever. The lyrical surroundings of this spa town on the Polish-Czech frontier where Fryderyk Chopin once took a cure and gave charity concerts often lures me away for hiking in the mountains and forest, so I may not cover every item on the programme. But I usually attend most.
The festival will be opened by the great Spanish virtuoso Joaquín Achúcarro of whom Zubin Mehta commented  'I have only heard this sound from Rubinstein' and a similarly enthusiastic Sir Simon Rattle who remarked 'There is something special with Achucarro. Very few musicians can extract this kind of sound from the piano.'
Other pianists in the festival include the soulful Polish Chopinist Jan…