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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra plays Rachmaninoff

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During the concert on 31 January 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw, 25-year-old Tymoteusz Bies along with Sinfornia Iuventus will demonstrate his artistry, which is inspiring increasing delight among listeners and critics who see him as one of the most promising talents of the young generation. The programme will include Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 and Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27.

Symphony No. 2 (1908) was to some extent a development of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s symphonic ideas – neo-romantic, expressive, full of pathos and drama, with rich chromatic harmonics and colourful instrumentation; it is also very ‘Russian’ in spirit, although it does not contain many obvious excerpts of national music. Alongside Rachmaninoff's monumental piano concertos, it has become one of the artist’s most popular works, admired on concert stages around the globe for over a century.

Almost two decades later (1934), one of the composer’s last works and the last one for piano and orchestra was written: the daring Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The fascinating piece is a set of variations on the 24th Caprice written by the legendary Italian violinist – captivating for listeners of this hypnotic work, as well as for many composers. Rachmaninoff work represents one of the most monumental and difficult pieces for piano, a true test for only the most skilled virtuosos.

The concert will be led by outstanding conductor Paweł Przytocki, artistic director of the Arthur Rubenstein Łódź Philharmonic since the 2017/2018 season. Russian music is particularly close to his heart – his recording of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1 was honoured by American music magazine La Folia.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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