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Tallinn | "Time is Ticking" concert at the Glasperlenspiel Music Festival


A concert on the occasion of the coming centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Estonia took place on 14 July 2019 at the Maarjamäe Castle in Tallinn. The event organized by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with Estonian Record Productions was a part of the Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2019.

Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta under the baton of the renowned Estonian conductor Andreas Mustonen performed a programme composed of works by both Polish and Estonian composers. Krzysztof Penderecki's Agnus Dei from Polish Requiem, written after the death of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński in 1981, was performed in Boris Pergamenschikow's arranement for string orchestra. To honor the 110th birth and 50th death anniversary of Grażyna Bacewicz, the programme included Divertimento for string orchestra. Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta also performed an arrangement of the Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 by Karol Szymanowski, the father of the Polish musical avant-garde of the 20th century.

Among the Estonian works, there was Concerto for chamber orchestra, Op. 16 by Jaana Rääts, Musica profana by Lepo Sumera and Summa by Arvo Pärt – the world's most-performed living composer, whoreceived the diploma of Doctor Honoris Causa of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw in 2018. The programme also included In Memoriam HM by Peeter Vähi, the artistic director of the Glasperlenspiel Music Festival, and the miniature Glow in Estonian Heavens by Pärt Uusberg, young Estonian composers who was present at the concert. The evening finished with the work of the Polish composer of the young generation, Maciej Bałenkowski, entitled – like the whole concert – "Time is Ticking". As the encore, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta presented one more Polish work – an arrangement of the popular Minuet in G major, Op. 14 No. 1 by Igancy Jan Paderewski.

The concert was preceded by a lecture on the presented repertoire given by Tiina Jokinen, Executive Director of the Estonian Record Productions. The guest of honor of the event was the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Estonia, Grzegorz Kozłowski, who gave an official speech during a meeting with musicians and the audience after the concert.

The event was the culmination of the first part of the project "With Polish music from the Baltic to the Atlantic" implemented by the Polish Composers' Union under the programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage "Promotion of Polish culture abroad". Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.