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Szczecin | Karłowicz, Szostakowicz i Schubert

FSz5 marca 2021 o godz. 19.00 po raz pierwszy w szczecińskiej Filharmonii będzie gościła Anastasia Kobekina, rosyjska wiolonczelistka okrzyknięta przez europejską prasę niekwestionowaną faworytką publiczności.

Studiowała w Moskwie, Kronbergu, Berlinie, Paryżu i Frankfurcie, zgłębiając wykonawstwo repertuaru solowego, kameralnego i z zakresu muzyki dawnej. W 2015 roku została zwyciężczynią Międzynarodowego Konkursu TONALi w Hamburgu. Od tego czasu nagrała trzy płyty, między innymi z dziełami Mieczysława Weinberga i Dymitra Szostakowicza. W minionym sezonie artystycznym zadebiutowała z Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra i odbyła trasę koncertową z orkiestrą berlińskiego Konzerthausu.

W wykonaniu Anastasi Kobekiny i Orkiestry Symfonicznej Filharmonii w Szczecinie usłyszymy dwa utwory, oba napisane przez kompozytorów dla swoich przyjaciół. Pierwszy z nich – Serenada G-dur – został przez Mieczysława Karłowicza zadedykowany znajomemu z czasów trzyletniego pobytu rodziny kompozytora w Heidelbergu Zygmuntowi Butkiewiczowi (późniejszemu jurorowi pierwszej edycji Konkursu Chopinowskiego i dyrektorowi Konserwatorium w Poznaniu).

Jeżeli zastanawiają się Państwo, jak powstają tego typu przyjacielskie zamówienia kompozytorskie, to odpowiedzi dostarczy Mścisław Rostropowicz, uchylając rąbka tajemnicy w swoich wspomnieniach. Pewnego dnia zapytał żonę Szostakowicza, Ninę, co powinien zrobić, aby ten napisał dla niego koncert wiolonczelowy. Odpowiedź go zaskoczyła: „Sława, jeżeli chcesz, żeby Dymitr coś dla ciebie napisał, to mogę ci dać tylko jedną radę: nigdy go o to nie pytaj ani nawet o tym nie wspominaj!”. Rada okazała się słuszna i kilka lat później powstał Koncert Es-dur.

Po wirtuozowskich utworach wiolonczelowych zabrzmi V Symfonia Franza Schuberta, którą skomponował w wieku 19 lat.

Katarzyna Plater-Zyberk

Informacja o biletach – na stronie https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Kraków | II Festiwal Szymanowski – Polska – Świat: prolog

FKKoncert w Filharmonii Krakowskiej 5 marca 2021 o godz. 19.30 będzie prologiem II Festiwalu Szymanowski – Polska – Świat. Zabrzmi muzyka Patrona Festiwalu i Wolfganga Amadeusa Mozarta.

Usłyszymy Symfonię g-moll KV 550 Mozarta i Stabat Mater op. 53 Szymanowskiego. Dzieła te zaprezentują Orkiestra i Chór Filharmonii Krakowskiej pod batutą wybitnego Antoniego Wita, a w roli solistów wystąpią znakomici śpiewacy: Iwona Hossa (sopran), Ewa Marciniec (alt) oraz Jarosław Bręk (baryton).

Jak zaznacza Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, autorka monografii Poetyka muzyczna Karola Szymanowskiego. Studia i interpretacja „W całej twórczości Karola Szymanowskiego Stabat Mater op. 53 na sopran, alt, baryton, chór mieszany i orkiestrę (ukończone w marcu 1926 roku) zajmuje miejsce szczególne: oto kompozytor o światopoglądzie „dionizyjskim” skomponował arcydzieło muzyki religijnej. Uważając, iż język łaciński utracił swe walory uczuciowe, sięgnął przy tym po polski przekład średniowiecznej sekwencji dokonany przez Józefa Jankowskiego: chciał, aby przesłanie dramatu Matki, bolejącej pod Krzyżem, trafiło w sposób bezpośredni do słuchacza. I połączył wartości uniwersalne z wartościami narodowymi, stapiając zwroty chorału gregoriańskiego z frazami polskich pieśni religijnych (Gorzkie żale, Stała Matka boleściwa). […] Stabat Mater uznano za owoc najszlachetniejszej inspiracji, dzieło ujmujące powściągliwością oraz równowagą słowa i dźwięku. Interpretowano je w kategoriach ideału muzyki narodowej, odczytując jednocześnie jako manifest osobistych religijnych uczuć kompozytora”.

Patronat honorowy nad koncertem objęli: Ambasador Węgier w Warszawie Orsolya Zsuzsanna Kovács, Marszałek Województwa Małopolskiego Witold Kozłowski, Dyrektor Instytutu Polskiego w Pradze Maciej Ruczaj oraz Dyrektor Instytutu Polskiego w Bratysławie Jacek Gajewski.

Dodatkowe informacje – na stronie https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Jelenia Góra | "Stage for Polish Music": Książek Piano Duo

KsiazekOn 4 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra will become the stage for Polish music: Książek Piano Duo will present works by Józef Elsner, Fryderyk Chopin, Aleksander Tansman, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Władysława Markiewiczówna.

The "Stage for Polish Music" is a 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 project is expected to showcase and popularise Polish works of music, especially those that are less commonly found in concert programmes, organise more performances of these works as well as promote Polish music performers.

The next concert as part of the project will feature Książek Piano Duo, founded in 2012 by Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek and Krzysztof Książek. The duo represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association has performed many concerts in Poland and abroad, incl. in Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Thailand and South Africa. In 2019, the musicians won 2nd prize and a special prize at the 21st International Franz Schubert Piano Duo Competition in Jesenik and the title of finalist and a special prize at the 3rd International Suzana Szӧrenyi Competition of Piano Duets in Bucharest. The following year, they received the "Young Poland" scholarship. Their talents and artistic achievements have brought them recognition of the audience and international music critics.

Full programme is available at: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

Results of the first stage of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition

BairdThe results of the first stage of the 62nd Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition were announced on 27 February 2021.

The Jury composed of: Olga Hans (chairwoman), Aldona Nawrocka (secretary), Marcin Bortnowski, Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń, and Artur Kroschel, selected the following works for the second stage of the Competition:

Isomorphic Reflection – emblem Coal2

…Breathe – emblem D.502

Grand Père – emblem Lavage de cerveaux

Kanczendzonga – emblem Perseus

Secco – emblem TotoXro

Co w lesie piszczy – emblem XXX12321

The works qualified for the second stage will be performed during a concert followed by the announcement of the results and the awards ceremony, which will be held in June 2021.

The concert date and the list of performers will be announced in a separate release.

modern?antiqua! 2021 – Academic Conference and Composers' Concert

ModernThe Composition and Theory of Music Student Research Association at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music invites you to participate in the project "modern? antiqua!" 2021 – an event focused on dialogue with early music in contemporary compositions, which will be held on 25-26 March 2021.

The project is aimed at both music lovers and researchers: experienced ones and those who are just beginning their careers. This two-day event will include an academic session and a composers' concert.

The National Student Academic Conference "About new-old music" will be held on 25 March on the MSTeams platform. It will be an occasion to exchange thoughts and reflections on the combination of the new and the old in music. All young researchers interested in this subject can participate in the conference. The deadline for submitting abstracts is 7 March 2021.

On 26 March, the "New Music for Old Instruments" Composers' Concert will be streamed online. The programme will include works written by students of composition at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music, performed by the invited musicians specializing in early music performance.

More information on Facebook and on the website: https://bit.ly/3keMffD 

Music is a woman! Opera Concert – online

POSIA concert on 5 March 2021 at 8.00 p.m. by three outstanding, young yet impressively merited soloists – Iwona Socha (soprano), Łukasz Gaj (tenor), and Adam Szerszeń (baritone) – accompanied by Jerzy Semkow’s Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, will recall the most beautiful pieces of Italian opera from the Romantic and Neo-Romantic eras. The event is dedicated to all ladies on the eve of their beautiful holiday.

Opera was born under the skies of Italy, and although in the Baroque era it became popular in many countries in its local varieties, for a long time Italy remained the operatic centre, a point of reference and a model for new fashions and trends. Even though not all the composers of works presented this evening were Italian, each in some way referred to what came from Italy – Mozart wrote his most famous operas to Italian lyrics by the excellent librettist Lorenzo da Ponte. We will hear well-known and much-loved examples of this inspired collaboration. The new, Romantic trends in Italian opera manifested themselves in a style whose name says it all: belcanto, which particularly emphasises the beauty, expression and virtuosity of the voice. Gaetano Donizetti was among its masters, and his arias will also be performed. Giuseppe Verdi, whose 120th death anniversary was celebrated this year, also imbued his brilliant works with this spirit. The outstanding artists will present a representative selection of the finest compositions by this great Italian musician.

Verdi’s successors both benefited from his achievements and polemicised with them. They created new trends, including verismo parallel to literary naturalism, which revolves around simple, often sad stories of ordinary people instead of focusing on stilted and pompous figures from distant history or mythology – here Pietro Mascagni, Ruggero Leoncavallo and the great Giacomo Puccini acquired great merits. Even the digressions – pieces composed by the Seine by Gounod and Massenet included in the programme – have an Italian context: both musicians were winners of the so-called Rome Prize, founded for the laureates of a prestigious competition in Paris to enable art students to study in Italy.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Wrocław | Weinberg at the National Forum of Music

NFMA Romantic concert by one of the greatest melodists in the history of music and a symphony by a composer who has only now taken his rightful place in the panorama of 20th century composers – we will hear these works on 5 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. The evening will be graced by the outstanding violinist Veriko Tchumburidze – winner of the 15th International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań.

Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor is one of the most popular pieces composed in the Romantic era and intended for this instrument. The work was inspired by a meeting with the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, to whom the Czech composer wanted to dedicate it and entrust its premiere. However, the conservative virtuoso was dissatisfied with Dvořák’s non-standard ideas, so he deceived the composer by arguing that he took a long time to learn the solo part in this piece. An impatient Dvořák finally entrusted the world premiere to his countryman František Ondříček, and Joachim never was to play the concerto. The piece is surprisingly light and melodic. The listener is seduced by the charm of singing melodies and the extraordinary creativity of the Czech genius.

Born in Warsaw in 1919, Mieczysław Weinberg left us a very rich and varied output, including over one hundred and fifty compositions. The four-movement Chamber Symphony No. 1, intended for strings, is a late work, written in 1987. It is a Neo-classicist piece that testifies to the great melodic inventiveness of Wajnberg. The mood of this composition is cheerful, almost funny, only in the slow second movement there are more painful and disturbing accents.

Information about tickets: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/8243 

The New Epiphanies Festival 2021

JPII"Who is able to stand?" is the slogan of the 12th edition of the New Epiphanies International Festival organised by the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, a cultural institution of the Capital City of Warsaw. This year's edition will be held online between 17 February and 28 March 2021. The programme features nine theatre premieres, a series of early music concerts, workshops and a culinary event.

Last year's edition was interrupted by the pandemic. The organisers are curious how the artists will interpret the theme of the Festival this year. Behind the festival events stand new and exciting artistic discoveries as well as insights and ideas that allow one to move on, even from the most difficult position. The main theme of the 12th edition is the apocalypse understood both in the literal sense as a revelation, and in the sense given to it by tradition – as a catastrophe. Michał Senk, director of the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, points out: "The leitmotif of this year's Festival – the apocalyptic 'Who is able to stand?' – is an opportunity to face the subject of the End Times in conditions in which we see that the biblical vision is penetrating directly into our reality”.

This year's theatrical programme consists of nine premieres, including Cassandra (21 February) directed by Zofia Gustowska with music by the guitarist and composer Michał Lazar. "In this year's early music programme, we look at different ends of the world: the extinction of genres, instruments and styles," emphasize Sonia Wronkowska and Łukasz Kozak, curators of the music programme. The futuristic approach, i.e. the biblical apocalypse, is just one of the possible interpretations of the theme of the Festival. The humanistic approach, in turn, draws attention to the fate of individual people, for example, great musicians falling victim to an epidemic. In history, we have experienced the great extinction of the clavichord or viola da gamba, Polish traditional music or the Earth's ecosystems. Stylistic breakthroughs brought an end to some music genres, and allowed others to develop”.

All Festival events – including the free ones – are ticketed.

Full programme is available at: www.noweepifanie.pl 

Resounds Online. Lutosławski / Krzanowski / Kosecka

SVWitold Lutosławski's 10 Polish Dances, Andrzej Krzanowski's Symphony No. 2, and Martyna Kosecka's Clarinet Concerto will make up the programme of the February edition of the "Resounds. New Polish Music" series on 27 February 2021 at 8.00 p.m. A pre-concert meeting with Martyna Kosecka, Szymon Bywalec and Magdalena Stochniol (music theorist), hosted by Agata Kwiecińska, will start at 7:00 p.m. Both the meeting and the concert will be live streamed on Sinfonia Varsovia’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

The February concert will start with rarely performed neoclassical miniatures by Witold Lutosławski, one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Szymon Bywalec will present his 10 Polish Dances (1951), a suite inspired by Silesian and Kashubian folklore.

Then we will hear Symphony No. 2 for 13 string instruments (1983-84) by Andrzej Krzanowski, a representative of the 'Stalowa Wola generation' (named after the festival in Stalowa Wola, where numerous composers made their debuts). The three-part chamber piece was commissioned by Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki and dedicated to them.

In Concerto for clarinet and multipercussion (2019), Martyna Kosecka refers to the division into the movements marked as Hésitant (with hesitatiion) and Direct (directly) proposed by Lutosławski. As in her other works, she explores unconventional combinations of colours and microtonal harmony. Radosław Soroka (clarinet) and Karol Krasiński (drums) will perform as soloists.

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org