Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC
On the 18th of February, 2023 at 19.00 in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform compositions by legends of Polish music. The soloist of the evening will be the saxophonist Henryk Miśkiewicz, who will perform a piece by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski. The second part will feature the multicolored Symphony No. 1 by Henryk Wars. Sinfonia Iuventus will be conducted by Zbigniew Graca.
Altissimonica by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski had its premiere in 2000, and was performed by the artist to whom it was dedicated: Henryk Miśkiewicz. And in 2004, the work was released on a well-received album of the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Graca.
Henryk Wars is remembered primarily as one of the precursors of Polish jazz and a master of song. Less is remembered about the ‘serious’ face of Wars. His monumental, colourful, four-part Symphony No. 1 (1949), close to the post-romantic tradition, delights with its changing moods, combining subtle lyricism with rhapsodic and dramatic elements.