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Gdańsk | Premiere of the new work by Piotr Moss


The world premiere of According to Memling – a concert for flute, organ and orchestra by Piotr Moss will take place on 28 February 2020 at the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic during the concert entitled "Programme and Absolute Music".

The inspiration for the composition was the Last Judgment triptych created by the Dutch painter Hans Memling. The work was commissioned by the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic and was written for Łukasz Długosz and Roman Perucki, who will premiere it with the PBP Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Tchitchinadze.

The programme will also include Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Symphony in D Major, which opens the cycle of four symphonies for strings and wind instruments written in Hamburg. Symphony No. 2 in D major by Joseph Haydn is relatively less known, but full of surprising moments. The slow movement in D minor is a display of the composer's counterpoint skills, and the whole work ends with an impressive finale. The audionce will also listen to the Romeo and Juliet ouverture-fantasia by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, based on the literary programme.

The concert was included in the „filharmonia / ostrożnie, wciąga!!!” programme, co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.gda.pl/

Wrocław | Stage premiere of Rafał Augustyn's „Descensus Christi ad inferos"


The stage version of the Descensus Christi ad inferos oratorium by Rafał Augustyn will be premiered on 26 and 28 February 2020 at the Bakery Centre for Performing Arts of the Jerzy Grotowski Institute in Wrocław.

What was Jesus doing on Easter Saturday? The canonical gospels are silent about this episode, so we need to consult apocryphal records, such as the beautiful Latin text translated from ancient Greek which is included in the Gospel of Nicodemus. The fast-paced and eventful story starts among Jerusalem Jews who are looking for witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, and then moves to the abyss that the Greeks called Tartar where the holy fathers and the first mother, Eve, held captive by Satan, await their liberation.

Inspired by the eminent philologist Professor Jerzy Woronczak, Rafał Augustyn started working on Descensus Christi ad inferos in the 1990s. Completed in 2016, the oratorio was first performed at the 14th Song of Our Roots Festival of Early Music in Jarosław. Incorporating a range of stylistic idioms, from chant to medieval motet technique to contemporary elements, the piece forms a cohesive, tightly-knit whole.

The piece will be sung by three choirs. The chant schola will narrate the story and the National Forum of Music Choir will complete the ‘cantus firmus’, with the solo parts sung by a group of solo singers. Despite its psychological interest and delving into serious theological matters, the libretto (as well as music) contains a good dose of humour.

Koncert zrealizowano w koprodukcji Instytutu Grotowskiego i Narodowego Forum Muzyki. Partnerem wydarzenia jest Stowarzyszenie Schola Gregoriana Silesiensis.

Tickets are available at: www.bilety.grotowski-institute.art.pl/ 

More information at: http://grotowski-institute.art.pl/wydarzenia/descensus-christi-ad-inferos/

Warsaw | 11th "The New Epiphanies" Interdisciplinary Festival


Tickets for the events of the eleventh edition of "The New Epiphanies" Interdisciplinary Festival, organized by the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, are now available for sale. The festival will start in Warsaw on 26 February and will last for forty days, until 5 April 2020. The programme will include works by Szymon Godziemba-Trytek and Paweł Łukaszewski.

The main goal of "The New Epiphanies" Festival is to search for new, contemporary epiphanies of beauty and to initiate creative dialogue between artists and traditional religious art in the spirit of the "Letter to Artists" by John Paul II. The programme of the 11th edition of the Festival focuses on Maria Magdalena. We don't learn much about her from canonical gospels. They leave room for speculation, but also space for artistic images. This year's music programme of the Festival will be an opportunity to experience religious delight. The concerts of Graindelavoix, Adam Strug, Polish Monody, Qvint Essençia, Carine Tinney, Lucas Henning, Dziczka and Catalina Vicens, choirs of the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II and VRC – will lift even the most resistant listeners.

The "Lontano" concert on 28 March will premiere the work written especially for the festival by Szymon Godziemba-Trytek – Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita for white voice, mixed choir, chamber ensemble and dancer, inspired by the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The concert will take place in an unusual arrangement of the hall – the audience will be placed on the platforms on both sides of the stage and the fragments of the composition will be sung by two chamber choirs from behind the audience, which voices will be heard lontano, i.e. from afar.

On 31 March we will listen to the Paweł Łukaszewski's mass in tribute to John Paul II on his 15th death anniversary – Missa de Maria a Magdala for soprano, baritone, mixed choir, organ and orchestra. The composition's text is a compilation of liturgical texts (Vespers of Mary Magdalene, Easter sequence) and fragments of the New and Old Testaments – both the Apocalypse and Gospel, as well as the Song of Songs. Łukaszewski's monumental work, based on the form of the mass cycle, introduces the listeners into the composer's characteristic musical sacrum space, stretched between Middle Eastern motifs and contemporary harmony and expression.

Detailed festival programme and information on tickets: https://noweepifanie.pl/

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus under George Tchitchinadze: Mozart & Elgar


The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by George Tchitchinadzi will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edward Elgar on 22 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw. Violists Katarzyna Budnik and Maria Machowska will perform as soloists.

The concert will begin with the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's ouverture to Così fan tutte. This sunny opera, preceded by a charming, lively overture, is a wonderful summary of Mozart’s comedic work and more broadly – his affirmative, joyful attitude towards the world and people; it also represents the completion of his triptych of later works in this genre, in which opera buffa equalled opera seria in quality for the first time in its history.

Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola was created at the end of the composer’s youthful period in Salzburg when he was already bathed in the radiance of European fame. The title itself indicates the genre, combining symphony and concerto, although it is clearly dominated by the latter. Two instruments carry on a lively dialogue and the entire work is filled with a cheery and carefree atmosphere.

The beginning of Edward Elgar’s career did not foretell the enormous popularity and fame which would be bestowed upon the more than 40-year-old musician. His later success first manifested on the European continent, where his works gained recognition from acclaimed artists such as Richard Strauss and conductor Hans Richter, who directed the premiere of the Enigma Variations op. 36 at London’s St. James Hall on 19 June 1899. This event was a milestone in Elgar’s career and his variations soon gained even greater fame throughout Europe.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Gdańsk | First album of Art’n’Voices released by DUX


Art’n’Voices presents their latest album "Midnight Stories" – twelve unique compositions and almost an hour of music in which you can get lost. The premiere of the album will take place on 22 February 2020 at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The album contains works by Paweł Łukaszewski, Krzysztof Komeda, as well as artists of the young generation, including Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Zuzanna Falkowska, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Jakub Szafrański. The Art’n’Voices vocal ensemble was formed in 2010. In its repertoire it has music of different periods, starting from the Renaissance, however, it favors contemporary music compositions, a significant part of which was written especially for the ensemble. Their third, latest album, is entirely devoted to works inspired by the broadly understood theme of the night. Due to the large variety of texts used by individual artists, each of the twelve recorded compositions shows its own vision in which, in various shots, the motif of the coming of nightfall and everything related to it is presented.

The CD is available for online sale at www.dux.pl and will soon appear in physical and digital international distribution.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the concerthttps://www.amuz.gda.pl/

Kielce | Premiere of "Aisthetikos" by Hanna Kulenty


The world premiere Hanna Kulenty's Aisthetikos for soprano saxophone, piano and orchestra will take place on 21 February 2020 at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic. With this work, the composer returns to the PWM Edition.

The title comes from the Greek language, where it means sensual perception – only the reception of the work with all senses allows you to feel its multidimensionality and depth. In her latest composition, Hanna Kulenty took into account the properties of all senses, creating a surreal universe that organizes musical phenomena in time.

"Aisthetikos is a one-piece composition, where the parts of the duo: saxophone and piano, lead an almost indissoluble narration against the shadow, literally the shadow of the orchestra," comments the composer. "I try to embrace this cosmos with my human senses, where every thing is in its time, and I am only transforming this time, slowing or accelerating this cosmic nature." Aisthetikos waves, accelerates and slows down, plays with listeners and puts their musical experiences to the test.

During the world premiere, the solo parts will be performed by Magdalena and Bartłomiej Duś, for whom the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic under Jacek Rogal will create a "shadow". The work was commissioned by the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert programme will also include an the Fidelio Ouverture by Ludwig van Beethoven and the 94th Symphony in G major "Surprise" by Joseph Haydn.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performance of Polish music.

Information on tickets athttp://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_21.02.20.html

Warsaw | "Stage for Polish Music" – Gruppo di Tempera


The next concert of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme will take place on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 at the Warsaw Philharmonic, featuring Gruppo di Tempera.

The “Stage for Polish Music” is a new project of the Institute of Music and Dance aimed at Polish music performers and organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and arts institutions in Poland. Programmes featuring Polish music, selected on the basis of a competition, will be presented at the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall and then repeated in other cities in Poland. The goal of the project is to inspire musicians to prepare concert programmes featuring Polish music, promote the performance of Polish musical works as well as draw listeners’ attention to Polish music, especially lesser known pieces.

The program of the upcoming concert will include four twentieth-century quintets for wind instruments. Tadeusz Szeligowski's Quintet was written in 1953 and is characterized by a great sense of the capabilities of each instrument, from the very first measures captivating with optimism and lightness of the sound. Grażyna Bacewicz's Quintet for wind instruments is the most important piece composed during her stay on a scholarship in Paris. The composition won the first prize at the Competition for composers, organized by the Aide auxfemmes de professions libres Society. You can easily find folk motifs in the Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn by Wojciech Kilar from 1952. The Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Michał Spisak was commissioned in 1948 by the Polish Composers' Union. The chamber concert will culminate with La danse de la sorcière – the excerpt from the ballet Le Jardin du Paradis by Alexander Tansman.

More information athttp://filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/scena-dla-muzyki-polskiej5

Kielce | "Stage for Polish Music" – Cuore Piano Trio


The Cuore Piano Trio will perform on 18 February 2020 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

The “Stage for Polish Music” is a new project of the Institute of Music and Dance aimed at Polish music performers and organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and arts institutions in Poland. Programmes featuring Polish music, selected on the basis of a competition, will be presented at the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall and then repeated in other cities in Poland. The goal of the project is to inspire musicians to prepare concert programmes featuring Polish music, promote the performance of Polish musical works as well as draw listeners’ attention to Polish music, especially lesser known pieces.

During the upcoming concert, the Cuore Piano Trio – composed of students of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw: Zuzanna Budzyńska, Jadwiga Roguska and Szymon Ogryzek – will perform works by Karol Lipiński, Franciszek Lessel, Artur Malawski and Ludomir Różycki.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music “Beethoven’s Mirror”


The third edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music series is titled “Beethoven’s Mirror”. To celebrate the great composer’s 250th birthday, the Orchestra’s musicians will perform some of Beethoven’s lesser-known chamber works, set against music written by his predecessors and successors. Each concert will take place in Sinfonia Varsovia’s rehearsal hall and will be performed again in one of the centres of culture in Warsaw or in its vicinity. The second event will take place on 12 and 20 February 2020 at 7:00 p. m.

Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music is a series of concerts performed by the Orchestra’s musicians, intended to familiarise listeners with music written for small ensembles from various periods in many styles. This year, the programme will consist of works written by Ludwig van Beethoven – showing the many facets of his chamber music – from sentimental salon pieces to challenging virtuoso works. Variations, serenades, sonatas for various instruments will reveal to us Beethoven’s lesser-known works, as opposed to the composer’s famous cycle of string quartets. The Bonn master’s compositions will be set against a backdrop of works ranging from late baroque to the contemporary. Composers include Johann Friedrich Fasch, Giacomo Puccini, Maurice Ravel, Jean Cras and Krzysztof Penderecki.

On 12 February (repeated on 20 February in the Praga Południe Centre for Promotion of Culture) we will have an opportunity to hear a work heralding Beethoven’s mature writing for string quartet. Published in 1799, the String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 is a four-part work from a collection considered at the time by the young (not yet 30 years old) composer to be his greatest achievement. Written in Beethoven’s favourite key of C minor, the Trio is an example of serious chamber music, in opposition to lighter works written for the salon. The programme will conclude with a composition considered to be a turning point in the output of Krzysztof Penderecki – the Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio (2004), praised for its clarity of form and musical content. The works will be performed by Celina Kotz (violin), Adam Siebers (viola), Piotr Mazurek (cello) and Karol Sikora (clarinet).

More information at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/en/sinfonia-varsovia-chamber-music-beethoven-s-mirror-.html#