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Katowice | Young Philharmonic

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The upcoming concerts from the "Young Philharmonic" series will take place on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic The Philharmonic will welcome the youngest music lovers with a concert of works by Ludomir Różycki, Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Kurpiński.

The concert will open with a symphonic poem King Kofetua, Op. 24 by Ludomir Różycki, based on the poem by Czech symbolist Julius Zeyer. In 1912, the work was awarded a prestigious prize at the composer's competition organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic's foundation. The composition impresses with its melancholy to this day, being one of the composer's most interesting achievements in the field of symphonic music.

Together with the Silesian philharmonics, pianist Martyna Kubik will perform the expressive Grand Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22 by Fryderyk Chopin. The work was written in 1836 in brilliant style and was dedicated to Baroness d’Este. The role of the orchestra is secondary to the vrtuoso figurations of the soloist, which abound in the composition.

The programme will also include two overtures: to the Polish opera The Castle of Czorsztyn by Karol Kurpiński, and to the opera Wilhelm Tell by Gioacchino Rossini. The concert will be supervised by Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, conductor in residence of the Silesian Philharmonic in the 2018/2019 season as part of the programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/mloda-filharmonia/ 

Katowice | Young Philharmonic

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The upcoming concerts from the "Young Philharmonic" series will take place on 16 and 17 October 2019 at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic The Philharmonic will welcome the youngest music lovers with a concert of works by Ludomir Różycki, Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Kurpiński.

The concert will open with a symphonic poem King Kofetua, Op. 24 by Ludomir Różycki, based on the poem by Czech symbolist Julius Zeyer. In 1912, the work was awarded a prestigious prize at the composer's competition organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Warsaw Philharmonic's foundation. The composition impresses with its melancholy to this day, being one of the composer's most interesting achievements in the field of symphonic music.

Together with the Silesian philharmonics, pianist Martyna Kubik will perform the expressive Grand Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22 by Fryderyk Chopin. The work was written in 1836 in brilliant style and was dedicated to Baroness d’Este. The role of the orchestra is secondary to the vrtuoso figurations of the soloist, which abound in the composition.

The programme will also include two overtures: to the Polish opera The Castle of Czorsztyn by Karol Kurpiński, and to the opera Wilhelm Tell by Gioacchino Rossini. The concert will be supervised by Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, conductor in residence of the Silesian Philharmonic in the 2018/2019 season as part of the programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/mloda-filharmonia/ 

Warsaw | Saved from Oblivion

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A chamber concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mieczysław Weinberg will take place on 15 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic.

While Mieczysław Weinberg’s symphonic music has become a regular feature of concert programmes, music lovers have only recently become aware of his chamber works, which are starting to find converts among new performers.

Besides his cycle of seventeen string quartets, Weinberg’s most interesting contribution to the chamber genre are his works for violin and piano. He wrote the latter over a period of almost fifty years – beginning with his first attempts composed while still a student in Warsaw – Three Pieces for Violin and Piano (1934) – and ending with his last Sonata No. 6, completed in 1982.

We begin to realise just how rapid and intense the creative process was for Weinberg when we listen, for example, to his Sonatas No. 1 and No. 4 for violin and piano, which will be performed in the first part of the concert. These two works were written only four years apart, and between them the artist also managed to churn out two similar sonatas, four string quartets, six song cycles, an excellent piano quintet and a plethora of other pieces! Weinberg’s expansive oeuvre also includes sonatas for solo instruments: piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, and even bassoon. The first of his three sonatas for violin solo, a five-movement piece, was written in 1968 and thus almost concurrently with his Symphony No. 8 “Polish Flowers”.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s unfinished Sonata for violin and piano from 1945 constitutes an interesting complement to the concert programme and a real treat for admirers of his music. After listening to this intriguing five-minute-long fragment, it is hard not to feel a tinge of regret that the author of the Leningrad Symphony abandoned this project.

Piotr Maculewicz

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/ 

Toruń | Results of the 1st stage of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition

Lipinski Competition

On 7 October 2019, twelve participants of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition were selected for the second stage.

After three days of competition auditions (works for solo violin) of the first stage of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, a jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij qualified 12 participants for the second stage, including one Pole:

1. Eimi Wakui (Japan)
2. Yumiko Yumiba (Japan)
3. Olga Artyugina (Russia)
4. Feliks Harutyunyan (Armenia)
5. Lorenz Karls (Sweden)
6. Mao Konishi (Japan)
7. Maya Levy (Belgium)
8. Robert Łaguniak (Poland)
9. Elias Moncado (Germany)
10. Noori Nah (South Korea)
11. Mio Sasaki (Japan)
12. Reika Sato (Japan)

The second stage of the competition (works for violin and piano) will take place on 8–9 October in the CKK Jordanki concert hall, while the third stage (works for violin and orchestra) will take place on 11-12 October. The second stage auditions will be broadcast online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1s3CCCKAv0Q 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Szczecin | Concert marking the 70th birthday and 50th anniversary of Piotr Moss's creative work

Piotr Moss

On 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m., the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will host a concert to celebrate the 70th birthday and the 50th anniversary of creative work of the composer Piotr Moss.

Although his studies (with Grażyna Bacewicz, Piotr Perkowski and Nadia Boulanger) were influenced by the neoclassical trend, the composer himself is referred to as a neo-romantic. Searching for an individual style is not visible in form but in his musical expression. Piotr Moss is a versatile composer as he has written orchestral, sacral, chamber and solo pieces, but he also composed music for theatre along with wit jazz, literary and popular songs. He has won several dozen awards at composer competitions throughout Europe. He lives permanently in Paris, where in 2002 he was honoured with the Order of Arts and Letters.

During the upcoming concert, French clarinetist Jean-Marc Fessard and the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anna Duczmal-Mróz will perform a concert for clarinet and orchestra D'un silence ... by Piotr Moss as well as the Symphony in C major by Paul Dukas.

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

Katowice | Silesian Chamber Orchestra and Szymon Nehring

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Pianist Szymon Nehring will perform on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include woks by Aleksander Lasoń, Fryderyk Chopin and Richard Strauss. 

The Silesian Chamber Orchestra will open the concert with Hymn and Aria for string orchestra by Aleksander Lasoń. The composer is strongly associated with Silesia and belongs to the so-called Generations '51, next to Eugeniusz Knapik and Andrzej Krzanowski. Lasoń dedicated Hymn and aria to his father Zygmunt, violinist. This work is a kind of dialogue between the two title parts – the hymn begins and ends the work, while the aria introduces a violin cantilena.

The programme will also include Richard Strauss' Metamorphosis for 23 string instruments TrV 290 and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Frydeyrk Chopin. The soloist of the evening will be Szymon Nehring, winner of the most important piano competitions in the world – the International Chopin Piano Competition and the International Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Lublin | Symphonic Concert

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The symphony concert on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Lublin Philharmonic will feature Karol Szymanowski's Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 in the instrumentation by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Hailed as the greatest Polish composer after Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski is an artist whose music is recognized throughout Europe. As a teenager, he composed four piano études, which mainly referred to the achievements of Frederic Chopin and Alexander Skriabin. Etude in B flat minor No. 3 has become particularly popular – often performed Igancy Jan Paderewski during recitals – characterized by a serious and dramatic expression. A few years later, this work was orchestrated by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Of the 25 piano concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus ​​Mozart, XXII Piano concert in E flat major KV 482 refers to the general patterns of this genre developed by the composer. What is characteristic of Mozart's work in this area is the shape of the melody of the main theme – noble and decorative, musically "objective". During the upcoming concert, Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel will perform as a soloist. The programme will be complemented by Symphony No. 4 in D minor by Robert Schumann, master of romantic cantilena. The Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Piotr Wijatkowski.

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

Warsaw | Concert on the 25. Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Death

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The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra wants to pay tribute to Witold Lutosławski on the 25th anniversary of his death with a concert featuring two of his pieces from different periods of his life on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

Witold Lutosławski is one of the most outstanding Warsaw-based composers of the 20th century. He was born in 1913 in the heart of the city, in Moniuszki Street (next to the Philharmonic), and lived in Marszałkowska Street, Langiewicza Street, Zwycięzców Street, and, finally, in a villa in the district of Żoliborz, in Śmiała Street. Graduate of Warsaw schools, University student, graduate of the Conservatory. In Warsaw, he used to perform at secret concerts during the occupation, took an active part in the reconstruction of musical life after the war, was a prominent figure at the prestigious “Warsaw Autumn” festival, and when he gained international fame, he hosted concerts of his own pieces, performed by the finest soloists. Warsaw is where he died (1994) and was buried. His body lies at the Powązki cemetery.

The programme will include the Small Suite from the beginning of the 1950s, when the composer successfully attempted at keeping his creative autonomy against the expectations of Communist authorities, creating music that was frequently based on “folk motifs”, but still retained the highest artistic level, and the late Piano Concerto, which combined all of the elements of Lutosławski’s technique with profound and extremely communicative expression. It should be emphasized that the soloist of the Concerto, internationally recognised Paweł Kowalski, is the first (after Krystian Zimmerman) performer of the piece, which he presented in 1989 in Warsaw, under the composer’s baton, and performed with great success a number of times later in Poland and abroad. The audience will also listen to Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird suite. The concert will be hosted by Marek Wroniszewski.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Erdödy Chamber Orchestra Anniversary Concert

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The entire jubilee concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra will be devoted to the Hungarian and Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event will take place on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic as part of the "Orchestras of the World" series.

Miklós Rózsa, representing the generation that came after Bartók and Kodály, towards the end of the 1930s started to collaborate with film studios and in 1940 he settled in the United States. It was here that he wrote his famous sound tracks to such movies as The Jungle Book, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur. In 1943, he composed his Concerto for String Orchestra, which contained allusions – in both form and character – to the Baroque concerto grosso with the added spice of Hungarian folk tropes.

The works of Rezső Sugára remain virtually unknown outside of Hungary. During the concert we will have an opportunity to listen to his neoclassical Divertimento from 1948. György Orbán is known mainly for his polystylistic choral music. His 2014 three-movement Sopra canti diversi, conceived especially for the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, abounds in original chords and brings to the fore the sonic potential of the string orchestra.

The concert programme opens and ends with two works by Polish composers that have become permanent fixtures in the Orchestra’s repertoire: Szymon Laks’ colourful neoclassical Sinfonietta and Wojciech Kilar’s spectacular Orawa.

Piotr Maculewicz

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