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"Resounds: New Polish Music": Transcending the matter

SVUnusual experiments with matter – not only that of sound – will be one of the main themes of the March concert of Sinfonia Varsovia in the series "Resounds. New Polish Music".The concert will be live streamed on 13 March 2021 at 8.00 p.m. on Sinfonia Varsovia’s YouTube channel and Facebook. The programme includes premieres of works by Teoniki Rożynek and Edward Sielicki as well as pieces by Sofia Gubaidulina and Włodzimierz Kotoński. Sinfonia Varsovia will perform under the direction of the Russian conductor Mikhail Agrest.

The concert will begin with the premiere of Teoniki Rożynek's Nox (2016) for string ensemble and brass stands. The composer is known for her experimental research in electronic music. In her latest piece, Rożynek uses a permanent element of the concert landscape that usually does not attract attention. The sound of the orchestra is enriched by the sound of the brass instruments stands vibrating harmoniously with the bows.

The second premiere of the March "Resounds" is Edward Sielicki's Symphony Concertante No. 3 (2020), which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.The composer, drawing upon the tradition of the concertante symphony (an intermediate genre between the symphony and the concerto), offers a new perspective on the relationship between solo and orchestral parts. The solo group includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, and percussion. The extended percussion is the connective tissue between the above-mentioned instruments and the strings, piano, and harp.

A pre-concert meeting with Teoniki Rożynek, Edward Sielicki and Adam Suprynowicz (music journalist), hosted by Agata Kwiecińska, will start at 7:00 p.m.

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

DUX Records New Releases: BACEWICZ • PIANO MUSIC • JOANNA SOCHACKA

DUXThe latest album by Joanna Sochacka with piano music of Grażyna Bacewicz, released by the renowned DUX Recording Producers label, will be available for sale from 8 March 2021, and will soon be available in physical and digital international distribution.

Grażyna Bacewicz was an outstanding, extremely versatile artist. Her life contradicted the then popular view that a woman, by its very nature, cannot achieve excellent results in several spheres of artistic activity in a way that a man could. Among her most popular works are those written for violin. However, the new album, which will be released at the beginning of March, is devoted to her piano compositions.

Polish pianist Joanna Sochacka is a PhD student at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Hanna Holeksa. She also studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria in the class of prof. Milana Chernyavska. Her latest album includes a number of piano compositions by Grażyna Bacewicz. These are works well known to the international audience (Piano Sonata No. 2, 1953) and pieces that are rarely performed (Two Etudes for Piano and Piano Sonata No. 1,1949). In addition, the album includes two pieces first released on CD: Piano Sonata of 1930 and Etude for Piano of 1949.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.dux.pl/ 

NOSPR, Marin Alsop and Piotr Pyc – online concert for medici.tv

NOSPRThe National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you on 8 March 2021 at 7.30 p.m. for the online premiere of a concert recorded by medici.tv. The music of Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Roxanna Panufnik and Sergei Prokofiev will be performed by the National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the renowned conductor Marin Alsop.

Roxanna Panufnik composed Two Composers, Four Hands for double string orchestra on the centenary of Lutosławski's birth and a year before her father's jubilee. The title alludes to the friendship between Panufnik and Lutosławski, who earned a living during the occupation by performing in a duet in art cafes in Warsaw. The piece was not written for piano but for two separate ensembles, reflecting the essence of that collaboration. Sergei Prokofiev composed his Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 without the aid of a piano, treating it as a kind of exercise of the imagination. We will also hear Stanisław Skrowaczewski's Concerto for English horn performed by Piotr Pyc, a soloist of the NOSPR Orchestra, which Skrowaczewski led as the first guest conductor in the last years of his life.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/nospr-marin-alsop-piotr-pyc-2 

Poznań | Rhythm Games

AmadeusThe Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio under the direction of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will celebrate Women's Day with a concert on 7 March 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. We will hear works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Mikołaj Majkusiak, Piotr Perkowski and Piotr Moss.

The concert entitled Rhytm Games is an unusual combination of cello and accordion. The orchestra will perform with outstanding soloists: accordionist Klaudiusz Baran and cellist Karolina Jaroszewska. Klaudiusz Baran is a versatile artist and teacher, Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. Through his artistic achievements, he changed the perception of the accordion in Poland. He is the first accordionist to have received the "Fryderyk" Award for his album Astor Piazzolla – Tango, recorded for SonyClassical. Karolina Jaroszewska, a graduate of the Julliard School in New York and the Academy of Music in Poznań, works at the Warsaw Philharmonic as a principal cellist and soloist. The artist is represented by Ludwig van Beethoven Association. Her artistric work has been also appreciated by non-musical institutions. In 2010 she received a "Young Positivist" medal from the Hipolit Cegielski Society in Poznań as well as scholarships from the City of Poznań and the Ewa Czeszejko-Sochacka Foundation.

The programme of the concert will include Rhythm Games by Mikołaj Majkusiak, To Karol Szymanowski by Piotr Perkowski and Piotr Moss and Octet in E flat major, Op. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn arranged by Agnieszka Duczmal.

Information about tickets: https://amadeus.pl/pl/event-07-03-2021-rhytm-games-koncert 

Kraków | "Wajda. Fascinations" – Sinfonietta Cracovia on the 95th birth anniversary of Andrzej Wajda

WajdaOn the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of Andrzej Wajda, Sinfonietta Cracovia in cooperation with the Manggha Museum prepared a unique project inspired by the master's work and its interesting – and often surprising – contexts. The project will be held both online (6 March 2021 at www.playkrakow.com) and live, with the participation of the audience, on 13 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

We are all fascinated by the works of Andrzej Wajda. But what was the fascination of the first  and only  Pole awarded with an Oscar for lifetime achievement? The answer to this question will be provided by a unique project organised by Sinfonietta Cracovia on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the director's birth. The Krakow orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał will take the audience on a journey through the inspiring world of Andrzej Wajda and his artistic fascinations: those musical, illustrated with compositions used by the Master in his greatest works, and those in the universe of visual arts, represented by the art and aesthetics of the Orient. As part of the project, the most beautiful compositions from Wajda's films will be presented along with extraordinary museum exhibitions as well as self-portraits and oriental sketches by the director himself – embellished with virtuosity and brilliance of Sinfonietta Cracovia, they will transport music lovers into the world of one of the most eminent representatives of Polish cinematography.

The music and film material produced by Sinfonietta Cracovia in tribute to Andrzej Wajda in the interiors and gardens of the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, which was close to the artist's heart, will be premiered online on 6 March at www.playkrakow.com. A week later, the Orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał will perform live at the Manggha Museum in front of the audience. We will hear the music of Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Korzyński, as well as Toru Takemitsu and Arnold Schoenberg. The performance will be accompanied by an exhibition of oriental sketches and the director's self-portraits.

Both events will be preceded by an introductory word by the actress, director, set designer, and privately Andrzej Wajda's wife – Professor Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the projectwww.sinfonietta.pl 

Łódź | Premiere of Ignacy Zalewski's "Double Concerto"

FLViolinist Maciej Łabecki and double bass player Sebastian Wypych will premiere Ignacy Zalewski's Double Concerto on 6 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź.

The piece was commissioned by the Łódź Philharmonic and dedicated to both soloists. Its premiere was scheduled last year, but it had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. "Concerto in the form of a dance", as the composer himself describes his work, consists of four movements: tango, waltz, czardas and the finale in the form of a polonaise-fantasia.

Ignacy Zalewski (b. 1990) is a composer, conductor, teacher and promoter of classical music. He has won over 20 awards at composition competitions in the field of classical and incidental music. His works have been performed in the most important Polish concert halls, in most European countries, in the United States, China, Singapore and Vietnam. Zalewski is the author of music for several dozen theatre, television and radio plays. In March 2019, his Symphony. In memory of Dominik Połoński was premiered at the Łódź Philharmonic.

The concert programme will also include the Overture to the opera The Barber of Seville by G. Rossini and Gran duo concertante for violin and double bass by G. Bottesini. The Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Grzegorz Wierus. The concert will be hosted by Piotr Matwiejczuk ("Ruch Muzyczny").

Information about tickets: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-183 

Wrocław | Weinberg at the National Forum of Music

NFMA Romantic concert by one of the greatest melodists in the history of music and a symphony by a composer who has only now taken his rightful place in the panorama of 20th century composers – we will hear these works on 5 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic. The evening will be graced by the outstanding violinist Veriko Tchumburidze – winner of the 15th International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznań.

Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor is one of the most popular pieces composed in the Romantic era and intended for this instrument. The work was inspired by a meeting with the famous violinist Joseph Joachim, to whom the Czech composer wanted to dedicate it and entrust its premiere. However, the conservative virtuoso was dissatisfied with Dvořák’s non-standard ideas, so he deceived the composer by arguing that he took a long time to learn the solo part in this piece. An impatient Dvořák finally entrusted the world premiere to his countryman František Ondříček, and Joachim never was to play the concerto. The piece is surprisingly light and melodic. The listener is seduced by the charm of singing melodies and the extraordinary creativity of the Czech genius.

Born in Warsaw in 1919, Mieczysław Weinberg left us a very rich and varied output, including over one hundred and fifty compositions. The four-movement Chamber Symphony No. 1, intended for strings, is a late work, written in 1987. It is a Neo-classicist piece that testifies to the great melodic inventiveness of Wajnberg. The mood of this composition is cheerful, almost funny, only in the slow second movement there are more painful and disturbing accents.

Information about tickets: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/8243 

Szczecin | Karłowicz, Shostakovich and Schubert

FSzOn 5 March 2021 the Szczecin Philharmonic will host for the first time Anastasia Kobekina, a Russian cellist hailed by the European press as the audience's favourite.

She studied in Moscow, Kronberg, Berlin, Paris and Frankfurt, exploring solo, chamber and early music repertoire. In 2015, she won the International TONALi Competition in Hamburg. Since then, she has recorded three albums, featuring among others works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Dmitri Shostakovich. During the last artistic season, she made her debut with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and went on a concert tour with the orchestra of the Berlin Konzerthaus.

During the upcoming concert, we will hear two pieces performed by Anastasi Kobekina and the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann, both written by composers for their friends. Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade in G major  (1897) was dedicated to Zygmunt Butkiewicz, whom the composer met during his three-year stay in Heidelberg (Butkiewicz later became the juror of the first edition of the Chopin Competition and the director of the Music Conservatory in Poznań). Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major (1959), was composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, who premiered the work with the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Yevgeny Mravinsky. The programme will be complemented by Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 5, composed at the age of 19.

Information about tickets at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Kraków | 2nd Szymanowski / Poland / World Festival: Prologue

FKA concert on 5 March 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Krakow Philharmonic will be a prologue to the 2nd Szymanowski / Poland / World Festival.

We will hear Wolfganag Amadeus Mozart's Symphony in G minor KV 550 and Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater, Op. 53. These works will be presented by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Antoni Wit, together with the soloists: Iwona Hossa (soprano), Ewa Marciniec (alto) and Jarosław Bręk (baritone).

According to Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, the author of Karol Szymanowski's monograph [Poetyka muzyczna Karola Szymanowskiego. Studia i interpretacja], Stabat Mater, Op. 53 for soprano, alto, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra (completed in March 1926) occupies a special place in the composer's oeuvre. Szymanowski, a composer with a "Dionysian" vision of the world, composed a masterpiece of religious music. Assuming that the Latin language had lost its emotional qualities, he used the Polish translation of the medieval sequence by Józef Jankowski. He combined universal values ​​with national values, fusing phrases of Gregorian chant with quotations of Polish religious songs (Gorzkie żale, Stała Matka boleściwa). Stabat Mater was considered to be the fruit of the noblest inspiration, a work endearing with restraint and balance of words and sounds. The work was interpreted in terms of the ideal of national music, and at the same time it was considered a manifesto of the composer's personal religious feelings.

Concert under the honorary patronage of the Hungarian Ambassador in Warsaw, Orsolya Zsuzsanna Kovács; the Marshal of the Małopolska Region, Witold Kozłowski; the Director of the Polish Institute in Prague, Maciej Ruczaj; and the Director of the Polish Institute in Bratislava, Jacek Gajewski.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/