On March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and Klaudiusz Baran, the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University of Music, will perform wroks by Szabelski, Riepnikow, Prokofiev.
Finished in 1951, Symphony No. 7, a four-part composition which is traditional in its form, proved to be Prokofiev’s last work. It was created in the dark times of Stalinism, when the composer was in disgrace of the oppressive government. The work’s premiere was the composer’s last concert, as he died on the exact same day as the murderous Soviet dictator, which made Prokofiev’s death and funeral almost unnoticed… Undeservedly, Opus ultimum, a beautiful and moving piece, has gained less popularity than his other symphonies.
Albin Repnikov is one of the most popular accordionists – the master of an instrument that has always been particularly beloved in Russia. Many pieces from his interesting and abundant repertoire belong to the ‘canon’ and are played at almost every competition. Accordion Concerto No. 3, showing composer's great imagination and the rich tones of accordion, will be performed by one of the most notable Polish virtuosos: Klaudiusz Baran, currently the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University of Music.
Another work to be recalled is Bolesław Szabelski’s Etude for orchestra – a relatively unknown, yet interesting piece composed in 1938 when Szabelski worked in a newly established conservatoire of Katowice (after a period during the war when he fought in the Home Army, he continued to work as a teacher). Katowice was also the city where the work’s premiere was hosted. The same school (currently known as Academy of Music) was attended by Maciej Tomasiewicz – formerly associated with Archetti Chamber Orchestra – who will conduct the concert. His artistic achievements include performances with a variety of important ensembles in Poland and abroad.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.
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