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).