The 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival – one of the most important international music projects to familiarize audiences with the Polish composer’s œuvre – will take place between 14 August and 1 September in Warsaw.
In accordance with its title, the Festival showcases Fryderyk Chopin’s œuvre in the context of ‘his’ Europe, understood in four perspectives: Europe contemporary to him, pre-Chopin Europe, Europe after the great master’s death and, finally, the Europe of our time. For this reason, aside from works by Chopin himself, the repertoire played at the Festival also includes the music that inspired him, works by composers younger than he, and the reception of Chopin’s œuvre in music contemporary to us. An essential aesthetic premise of the program is to present and confront two performance movements: performance on historical and modern instruments. At the same time, of extraordinary significance is the presence of the most distinguished pianists, orchestras and ensembles – representing both the international and the Polish music world – at the Festival. Supported by the interpretations of the masters, the Festival also creates an opportunity for young artists now debuting on the concert stage to perform in such prestigious company.
Flis and The Haunted Manor in the concert version, vocal lyric, piano pieces, The Fairy Tale symphonic overture, as well as Józef Nowakowski's and Henryk Melcer's arrangements of songs and fragments of Halka. Of key importance for the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival are also high-class performances of contemporary Polish music, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday falls this year.
Full programme available at: https://festiwal.nifc.pl/pl