As part of a guest performance at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music on 5 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m., the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dawid Runtz will present Jan Sibelius's Symphony No. 2 and Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1, accompanied by the soloist Joanna Konarzewska.
"I have to say I am very content with the whole – again all kinds of new notes – but also a little returning to the old; the whole thing awfully fantastic and unexpected." – this is how Karol Szymanowski wrote to Stefan Spiess about his Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 (9 September 1916), composed in the summer and autumn of 1916 at the estate of a friend of the composer, Józef Jaroszyński in Zarudzie, Ukraine.
Behind the Concerto, as well as other violin works by Szymanowski, stands Paweł Kochański, whose violin art was valued for the soft timbre and tenderness in conveying emotions. The artists worked together on the idea of a new violin style; Kochański is also the author of the cadenza and the piece was dedicated to him. The premiere took place on 1 November 1922 at the Warsaw Philharmonic – with the soloist Józef Ozimiński, conducted by Emil Młynarski. Two years later, the Violin Concerto No.1 was played in New York by Paweł Kochański, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. To this day, the work captivates with its sonic sensuality and a riot of colors. It is an undisputed masterpiece.
More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/