The 3rd 'Eufonie' International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe, organised by the National Centre for Culture with funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, will take place on 19–27 November 2021. The unique features of the Eufonie Festival are, on the one hand, drawing from tradition and, on the other hand, presenting completely new, previously undiscovered sounds.
The idea of the festival is to popularize the cultural heritage of most countries known today as Central and Eastern Europe. This area is an extremely interesting melting pot whose complexity can be discovered through the variety of the presented compositions and artists. The Eufonie Festival features music of different eras and styles. The director of the festival is Prof. Rafał Wiśniewski, and the chairman of the Programme Council – Dr Mieczysław Kominek, president of the Polish Composers' Union.
This year’s edition of the festival will focus on the Romantic period, in which, in addition to new forms and genres, it was the composers’ interest in native folklore that was of utmost importance. The nine festival days will be filled with fourteen events, and the stage will be given to such outstanding performers as Veriko Tchumburidze, Janusz Wawrowski, Anastasia Kobekina, Olga Pasiecznik, Adam Bałdych, Urszula Kryger, Anu Tali, Zsolt Nagy, Olari Elts or Oval. The recital of Tomasz Konieczny will begin with Blessed Raspberry Songs, Op. 43 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki to the words of the literary patron of the year 2021, Cyprian Norwid. Pianist Anna Górecka will join forces with the Bogdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra in performing her father's Concerto for harpsichord (or piano) and orchestra, Op. 40. The Festival will also featurethe world premiere of Adam Bałdych's Górecki Transformed – original interpretations and improvisations on Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s string quartets commissioned by the National Centre for Culture, as well as Markus Popp and Jacek Sienkiewicz's interpretations of samples of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio.
The last festival concert will take place on 5 December at 7.30 p.m. at the Royal Castle. It will be a recital of Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik, which, due to the health condition of one of the artists, could not be held on the original date of 21 November. The programme includes songs by Mykola Łysenka, Wiktor Kosenko and Jean Sibelius.
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