The world premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's Concerto No. 2 for flute and orchestra will take place on 20 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the online version available on the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic's YouTube channel. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.
The Concerto No. 2 will be performed by the flautist Agata Igras and the Symphony Orchestra of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic under the baton of Piotr Sułkowski. The piece has a typical three-movement structure. According to the composer, it can be performed both with a full symphony orchestra and with a chamber one, which emphasizes its intimate character.
The first movement alludes to Middle Eastern mysticism: the artist refers to the symbolism of numbers and sounds, builds an alchemical puzzle to be decoded by attentive listeners, but also creates a dramatic and simply beautiful, sensual sonic space, paying attention to the colours of individual instruments. The second movement, as in classical and romantic concertos, is a lyrical cantilena. The solo part is performed by an alto flute with a low, warm, velvety sound, close to the human voice. In this part, the soloist is accompanied only by a harp and strings – the composer's intention was for this movement to function as an independent, chamber instrumental miniature, in which "one of the oldest and most beloved duets – the flute and the harp – comes to the fore". The final movement emphasizes the virtuosity of the soloist.