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Warsaw | The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross

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The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the direction of Paul Esswood will perform Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross Hob. XX / 1A on Holy Wednesday, 17 April 2019, at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.

The Gospels convey seven sayings of Jesus uttered while he was dying on the Cross (commonly referred to as ‘the seven words’) – these messages, so significant for Christians, were often reflected upon by theologists and became a topic of homilies as well as musical compositions, mainly oratorios and cantatas. In 1786, Joseph Haydn received an extraordinary commission from Cádiz, a city in Andalusia located at the edge of the coast of Spain. A local clergyman, Don José Sáenz de Santa María, wanted an instrumental composition accompanying prayers and contemplation of ‘the Seven Words’ to be performed at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz on Good Friday the following year. The composer created a piece of art that was highly unconventional and unprecedented: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, including seven sonatas written for orchestra (all in slow tempos: adagio, largo, grave and lento) preceded by an introduction and finished with a lively finale, an illustration of an earthquake that followed the death of Christ.

Haydn’s work was a tremendous success – it was performed not only in Cádiz, but also in Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Deeply inspired by the success, the composer soon created a string quarter version (also popular to this day) and, ten years after composing the original, a choral version. During the April concert, the original version of Haydn’s masterpiece written for full orchestra will be performed under the legendary British conductor Paul Esswood.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/

Białystok | Concert on the Occasion of the 85th Birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki

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A concert to commemorate the 85th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki will be held on April 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – the European Art Center in Białystok.

Three oratorios of one of the greatest living Polish composer have the power to bring the heavens closer to the earth. Song of Cherubim, Missa brevis and O gloriosa virginum are written for mixed choir a cappella, what enhances their mystical, spiritual character. As framing device will serve Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor KV 427, one of the most renowned works of sacral music.

The works will be performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic under the direction of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk. The soloists will be: Anna Wolfinger (soprano), Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz (alt), Paweł Cichoński (tenor), Mateusz Stachura (bass), and Andrzej Klepacki (cantor).

More information at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/koncert-z-okazji-85-rocznicy-urodzin-krzysztofa-pendereckiego/ 

Poznań | The Lord's Passion

AmadeusOn the Holy Wednesday, 17 April 2019, the Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio Amadeus will perform at the Adam Mickiewicz University Concert Hall in Poznań.

The coming Easter is a great opportunity to indulge in musical contemplation. On the Holy Wednesday the orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal will perform The Passion of Our Lord according to St. Matthew by Krzysztof Knittel and the Chamber Symphony by Dymitr Shostakovich. The soloists at this concert will be Jarosław Bręk (bass-baritone), Wojciech Gierlach (bass), Krzysztof Knittel (electronic instruments) and Soloists of the Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir under the direction of Krzysztof Szydzisz.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

Information on tickets at: http://www.amadeus.pl/event-17-04-2019-meka-panska

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music – Within Reach

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Next event of the second edition of the cycle "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" will take place on April 14, 2019 at 5.00 p.m. in the Wilanów Cultural Centre in Warsaw (3 Kolegiacka St.).

“Within Reach” is the motto for "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" concerts taking place in various locations around Warsaw. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the Orchestra’s musicians playing chamber music without having to travel to distant locations in the city. This year, the theme of the cycle is “From Duet to Octet”, with opportunities to listen to performances featuring from two to eight instruments. Before performance, every work will be discussed by a host and by the musicians themselves, who will invite the audience to join the discussion.

The April concert will feature flutist Andrzej Krzyżanowski, oboist Arkadiusz Krupa, clarinettist Radosław Soroka, trumpeter Henryk Kowalewicz, and bassoonist Piotr Kamiński. The programme will include rarely performed music for the quintet of wind instruments by Ferenc Farkas, György Ligeti and Malcolm Arnold. It will be complemented by Grażyna Bacewicz's Quintet for Wind Instruments, which was written during the postgraduate compositional studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris under the supervision of prof. Nadia Boulanger. Bacewiczówna received for this work the first prize at the competition for composers organised by the Paris Society "Aide aux femmes de professions libres".

All presented compositions will be discussed by Dr. Mariusz Gradowski, lecturer at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw. Admission to all concerts in the "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" series is free!

Full programme available at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

Białystok | Lenten Concert

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On April 14, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Center in Białystok will host a premiere of Stabat Mater by Marcin Nagnajewicz.

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Children’s Choir for years has been performing during the magical times of Christmas and Easter. This time with the accompaniment of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic String Orchestra, the Choir will perform the most beautiful lenten songs arranged by Jacek Glenc. There will also be a truly extraordinary event: the first performance of Marcin Nagnajewicz’s Stabat Mater featuring soprano Anna Wolfinger. The concert will be led by Ewa Barabra Rafałko.

Informaction on tickets at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/koncert-wielkopostny/ 

Olsztyn | Feliks Nowowiejski's "The Finding of the Holy Cross"

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On Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019, which starts the Holy Week – the time of contemplation of the Passion of the Lord, the monumental Feliks Nowowiejski's oratorio The Finding of the Holy Cross, Op. 35 – third scene: Finding, Worship and Triumph of the Holy Cross will be performed in the St. Jacob's Cathedral basilica in Olsztyn.

The Warmian-Masurian Philharmonics accompanied by soloists: Ewa Biegas (soprano), Sebastian Szumski (baritone), Jarosław Ciecierski (organ) and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Choir in Cracow will be conducted by Piotr Sułkowski.

Oratorio The Finding the the Holy Cross, Op. 35 was created in the years 1905-1906 and was the most important work of the Berlin period in Feliks Nowowiejski's biography. The author of the libretto was Dr. Paul Fleischer, a Berlin friend and collaborator of Nowowiejski,  hiding under the pseudonym of Arno Herolaska. Nowowiejski's music is kept in the late-Romantic style. One can clearly hear references to Wagner or Mahler's works (a choir accompanied by bells reminiscent of the Symphony No. 3), as well as the influence of Nowowiejski's teacher, Max Bruch.

The oratory consists of three parts/scenes, preceded by an introduction, often played as a separate symphonic poem entitled Jerusalem. Part three, Finding, Worship and Triumph of the Holy Cross, shows the effort of digging the rocks of Golgotha ​​in search of the True Cross of Jesus Christ.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting performances of Polish music.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/feliks-nowowiejski-znalezienie-swietego-krzyza-op-35/ 

Kraków | Viennese with Sinfonietta Cracovia

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Ahead of us is another meeting with an exceptional guest from the Austrian capital. In this year's edition of the cycle "Viennese with Sinfonietta" on April 14, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art in the Cloth Hall – a branch of the National Museum – music lovers will have a chance to meet Rainer Honeck – a concertmaster of the legendary Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The star of the evening – Rainer Honeck – is an artist valued for his extraordinary sensitivity and sound culture as well as sophisticated Mozart interpretations. The artist sits on the Programme and Artistic Council of Sinfonietta Cracovia. He plays s Stradivarius ex-Hämmerle violin (1709). During the concert in Kraków, Rainer Honeck will perform in a double role: a soloist and a conductor of the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra.

The programme will include Violin Doncert No. 1 in C major by Joseph Haydn, String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Verklärte Nacht, the first symphonic poem written for a chamber group and one of the first important works of a twenty-five-year-old modernist, representative of the Second Viennese School, Arnold Schönberg.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Katowice | Master Chamber Concerts: Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz

NOSPR

On June 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice will host a concert of famous virtuosos. Bomsori Kim and Rafał Blechacz will perform violin sonatas of Mozart, Fauré, Debussy and Szymanowski.

The programme of the concert will be composed of: Sonata in F Major for violin and piano KV 376 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Sonata No. 1 in A Major for violin and piano, Op. 13 by Gabriel Fauré; Sonata in G Minor for violin and piano by Claude Debussy; andSonata in D Minor for violin and piano, Op. 9 by Karol Szymanowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1385/mistrzowskie-koncerty-kameralne-bomsori-kim-rafa-blechacz

Wrocław | The Cosmic Lives of Trees

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On Aprli 13, 2019 the guest artists at the National Forum of Music will be Jakub Jakowicz and Paweł Wakarecy, who together with the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will perform the Double Concerto in D minor for violin, piano and string orchestra MWV O4 by Felix Mendelssohn. The programme also includes compositions by Béla Bartók (Divertimento) and Andrzej Panufnik (Arbor cosmica), played/directed by Jakub Jakowicz.

Jakub Jakowicz is a soloist and chamber player, a widely-known violin virtuoso. Paweł Wakarecy is a prize-winner of the 16th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition. He gives concerts in Poland and abroad, performs with the best Polish conductors and orchestras and plays with his wife in the Wakarecy Piano Duo. At the NFM, Wakarecy and Jakowicz will perform as soloists in the Double Concerto in D minor MWV O4 by Mendelssohn, in which the solo part is divided between two instruments: a violin and a piano. Mendelssohn wrote the concerto at just fourteen – he was only at the beginning of his composing career.

The programme also features a work by a Polish composer. The Arbor cosmica (Latin “cosmic tree”) by Andrzej Panufnik was written out of fascination with nature and attributing magical qualities to trees. The composer's approach to the structure of the work is the most interesting element – the form was carefully thought through, and the whole composition can be represented graphically in the form of a tree. A phenomenal aspect of Arbor cosmica is the skilful combination of precise form with diverse and expressive sound and melodic-rhythmic layer. Every aspect of the work, thought out so well, and attention to the smallest details makes the Arbor cosmica an outstanding composition.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/