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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Dvořák, Vanhal and Skoryk

The conductor of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra concert on the 9th of April 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio will be Wojciech Rajski, who in 2022 celebrates the 50th anniversary of his artistic work. The Hungarian double bass player Zsolt Fejérvári, the leader of the bass group at the Budapest Festival Orchestra and at the Orchester de la Suisse Romande, will be concert soloist.

The double bass is an instrument that is indispensable in the orchestra, as it creates the fondamento (the bass line in baroque scores) for the sounds of the string quintet. The instrument was rarely the centre of musical solos until the wide spectrum of its possibilities was recognised by the 19th century virtuosos. Original double bass concertos however were written even earlier by composers including Jan Křtitel Vaňhal (Johann Baptist Wanhal) His Concerto in E-flat major will be performed by the Hungarian artist.

Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 (1889) is a work filled with joy, optimism and references to national music, but remains devoid of an extra-musical narrative. Composed during a summer vacation in Vysoká u Příbramě, the work seems to reflect the bliss and the idyllic mood of time spent amidst the beauty of nature. Ouverture Carnival from the trilogy Nature, Life and Love of the Chech composer will also sound at the concert.

In the tragic days of war inflicted by Russia the concert will start with Ukraine’s national anthem, Ще не вмерла України ні слава, ні воля (“Ukraine has not yet died, nor her glory, nor her freedom”), the lyrics of which (written by Pavlo Chubynsky) are an intended reference to the incipit of Dąbrowski’s Mazurka. Melody in A minor of Myrosław Skoryk will also be performed this evening.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

After Piotr Maculewicz's note

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Katowice | 'Generation 51 for 70th Birthday’: Silesian Quartet and Artur Rozmysłowicz

On the 9th of April 2022 at 6 p.m. at the invitation of the Silesian Quartet, Artur Rozmysłowicz, leader of the viola section of the the Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Lutosławski Quartet, will perform at the concert belonging to the the ‘Generation '51 for the 70th Borthday’ series.

String Quintet in C major, Op. 29 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Relief IX ‘Scotch’ by Andrzej Krzanowski for string quartet and tape will be performed in the concert hall of the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Informatin Centre

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/ 

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf & Maciej Gański duo in 'Miejscówka z Dwójką'

On the 9th of April 2022 at 7 p.m. violist Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and pianist Maciej Gański will perform in the  ‘Miejscówka z 2’ presenting music of Jan Michał Wieczorek, Rebecca Clarke, Zygmunt Stojowski, Tadeusz Dix and as many as two world premieres of works specially composed for ‘Miejscówka z 2’ by Krzysztof Falkowski and Tomasz Jakub Opałka.

The performance will be broadcasted on the Polish Radio Programme 2 and - in the form of video streaming - on Facebook, https://www.polskieradio.pl/8 site, Dwojka  and the YouTube channel of the Programme.

More information: https://www.polskieradio24.pl/8/9347/Artykul/2934378,Krzysztof-KomendarekTymendorf-i-Maciej-Ganski-z-koncertem-na-altowke-i-fortepian 


Wroclaw | Requiem. Tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki

March 2022 saw the second anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki’s death. Known as a classic of the avant-garde, this outstanding composer went down in history as an outstanding conductor and teacher. The concert on the 8th of April 2022 at 7 p.m., during which the musicians will perform works by Maurice Ravel, Valentin Silvestrov and Maurice Duruflé, will be a tribute to the author of St Luke Passion. 

Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin is in fact a suite intended as a homage to the works of the great French harpsichordist François Couperin. Its original version was created in 1917, on the wave of renewed interest in the 17th-century harpsichord literature and was intended for piano. Two years later, Ravel, known for his genius instrumentations, composed a version for orchestra. Each of its movements is dedicated to the Ravel’s friends who died during World War I

We will also hear the Symphony No. 7 by Valentin Silvestrov – the famous Ukrainian composer of contemporary music, born in Kiev in 1937. Over the years, his interests have focused on avant-garde trends, including dodecaphony and aleatorism, of which he became a significant representative, starting in the 1960s.

The concert will end with the sounds of the monumental Requiem op. 9 by French composer and organist Maurice Duruflé. To this day, this work is considered a masterpiece of the genre and is often compared to the famous Requiem in D minor op. 48 by Gabriel Fauré.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 


Wroclaw | Avner Biron & Israel Camerata Jerusalem

The programme of the Israel Camerata Jerusalem concert on the 7th of April 2022 at 7 p.m. conducted by Avner Biron, includes works composed by Viennese Classicists and composers closer to the present – created in the 20th century - by Krzysztof Penderecki and the Israeli composer Menachem Wiesenberg. Together with the musicians of the chamber orchestra, Szymon Nehring will perform, the winner of the prestigious International Master Piano Competition ‘Arthur Rubinstein’ in Tel Aviv in 2017. The concert will take place in the National Music Forum in Wrocław.

Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polish Requiem is a monumental composition of exceptional importance. It took the composer many years to create the work, starting in the 1980s. One of the most famous parts of the work – Chaconne – will be heard during the evening. The composer used fragments of Latin liturgical texts of the funeral mass and referred to works belonging to this genre by such artists as Orlando di Lasso, Giuseppe Verdi or Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor is one of the most appreciated compositions among Mozart’s concertos.

The musicians will also present An Overture for StringsHomage to Mendelssohn by the leading Israeli composer Menachem Wiesenberg, dynamic in character, and at the same time a tribute to the great Romantic. Symphony No. 4 in B flat major op. 60 by Ludwig van Beethoven will close the concert.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

Marta Ptaszyńska awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland!

On the 18th of March 2022 during a concert at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago the world-famous Polish composer, percussionist and teacher Marta Ptaszyńska was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievements in the field of composition!

During the concert in Chicago, The Zafa Collective group presented composer’s chamber works: Red Rays, White Shadows, Graffito, Lullaby for Benjamin, The Gates of Light and Sappho Songs. Consul Małgorzata Bąk-Guzik on behalf of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, awarded the artist with the Commander's Cross. After the official ceremony a meeting with the composer took place.

mUltimate Chopin

mUltimate Chopin is a modern internet platform devoted to all available scores of Fryderyk Chopin. It was created by the Editor of the National Edition, Prof. Paweł Kamiński in cooperation with the editorial team of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

It is a specially designed application for viewing, analyzing and comparing digitized scores, giving immediate access to comments on all problematic places in the examined fragment of the musical text. The user of the system has the possibility to carefully control the editorial process and possibly make his own decisions (e.g. as to the choice of variants) based on the available photocopies of the scores.

Project is co-financed from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage coming from the Culture Promotion Fund.

Read more: mUltimate Chopin

Łódź | Leonora Armellini - Inaugurating concert of the 21st Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition

On the 3rd of April 2022 at 6 p.m. an inaugurating concert of the 21st Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition will take place at the Music Academy in Łódź. Laureate of the 5th award at the 18th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition Leonora Armellini will perform Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44 of Robert Schumann and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Fryderyk Chopin.

The Italian pianist, award winner and pedagogue will perform together with Sławomir Wilga (violin), Dominika Przech (violin), Nela Zaforemska (viola), Agata Nowak (cello) and Michał Sobuś (double bass).

The Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź is the oldest chamber music competition in Poland founded in 1961. Members of the jury will be: Łukasz Błaszczyk, Massimiliano Caldi, Michał Drewnowski, Alexander Hintchev, Agata Igras, Yair Kless, Włodzimierz Zalewski and Sylwia Michalik

Musicians from almost 20 countries, 77 chamber music groups altogether will take part in the 1st stage of the competition. Auditions will be held between 4th and 7th of April.

The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Italian Cultural Institute and Artists Performers Union STOART.

After the note of Aleksandra Bęben

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/kwiecien-2022/156536-xxi-miedzynarodowy-konkurs-muzyki-kameralnej-im-kiejstuta-bacewicza-w-lodzi-koncert-inauguracyjny