A unique concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki on his 88th birth anniversary will be held on 25 November 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the St. Florian's Basilica in Krakow. The orchestra under the baton of Jurek Dybał will present pieces by Professor's friends and students: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Mladen Tarbuk, Marcel Chyrzyński and Jeajoon Ryu.
Krzysztof Penderecki, for over 60 years associated with the Academy of Music in Krakow, bearing his name today, educated many outstanding composers. Among his students were Marek Stachowski, Stanisław Radwan, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Abel Korzeniowski, and graduates of doctoral studies: Zaid Jabri and Karol Nepelski.
The concert will open with a piece by Marcel Chyrzyński, who studied instrumentation with Penderecki. Dedicated to the Master, Adagio for strings is a suggestive and gloomy work commissioned by the Silesian Philharmonic in the framework of the #stay at home and create! project, organised together with PWM Edition. In the last fragment, the composer refers to the Adagio movement from Penderecki's 4th Symphony "Adagio". Sinfonietta per archi is another piece dedicated to Penderecki, written by the Korean composer Jeajoon Ryu, who studied under the composer until 1995. Tombeau de Penderecki, a four-part musical homage paid to Penderecki by the Croatian conductor and composer Mladen Tarbuk, alludes to the French tradition. Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa's Quintetto per archi in the version for string orchestra (2021) is also dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki, who was the composer's teacher until 1974.
At the end we will hear Penderecki's two-movement Serenade for string orchestra (1996-97). It consists of Passacaglia (marked as part II) and melodious Larghetto (part III). The composer wrote the pieces for Lucerne Festival Strings and dedicated it to the ensemble's conductor – Rudolf Baumgartner.
Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.
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