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3rd International Music Festival of Central and Eastern Europe Warsaw, 19–27 November 2021

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3rd International Music Festival of Central and Eastern Europe
Warsaw, 19–27 November 2021


Programme


08-29 November

Kordegarda. Gallery of the National Centre for Culture

 

What is Romanticism About. Instruments and Forms

Open-air educational exhibition


20-27 November

Kordegarda. Gallery of the National Centre for Culture

 

What is Romanticism About. Instruments and Forms

Open-air educational e

2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Centrum Kreatywności Targowa (The Targowa Centre of Creativity)

 

Dialogue with Jewish Cantors

Exhibition of a sound and spatial installation by Alvin Curran Daven Mir Dos

The event was co-organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the National Centre for Culture Poland


19 November (Friday)

7:30 pm, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

 

Ernst von Dohnányi: Symphonic Minutes

Franz Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No. 1

***intermission***

Zoltán Kodály: Te Deum

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Bożena Bujnicka – soprano

Urszula Kryger – alto

Karol Kozłowski – tenor

Wojciech Gierlach – bass

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

Bartosz Michałowski – choir director

Sinfonia Varsovia

Zsolt Nagy – conductor


10:00 p.m., The Targowa Centre of Creativity

Dialogue with Jewish Cantors

Vernissage of a sound and spatial installation by Alvin Curran Daven Mir Dos*

The event is co-organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the National Centre for Culture Poland


20 November (Saturday)

7:30 pm, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

Ludomir Rogowski: Dubrovacke impresje for symphony orchestra

Arvo Pärt: Fratres

 ***intermission***

Dora Pejačević: Symphony in F-sharp minor, Op. 41

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Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Anu Tali – conductor


10:00 p.m., Palladium Theatre

Adam Bałdych: Górecki Transformed**

Own interpretations and improvisations on Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s string quartets

_____

Adam Bałdych – violin

Michał Barański – double bass

Łukasz Ojdana – piano

Dawid Fortuna – percussion


21 November (Sunday)

2:15 p.m., Archcathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist

 

Vocal recital

Programme:

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Modest Mussorgsky, Mykola Lysenko

_____

Tomasz Konieczny – bass-baritone

Lech Napierała – piano


4:00 p.m., The Holy Trinity Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession

 

Ēriks Ešenvalds: Stars

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Totus Tuus, Op. 60

Ēriks Ešenvalds: A Drop in the Ocean 

Gustav Mahler: Die zwei blauen Augen / arr. by Clytus Gottwald

Anton Bruckner: Ave Maria

Gustav Mahler: Adagietto / arr. by Gerard Pesson

Anders Hillborg: Mouyayoum

Pēteris Vasks: The Tomtit’s Message

_____

Latvian Radio Choir

Sigvards Klava – conductor


22 November (Monday)

7:30 p.m., Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

Marţian Negrea: Izbuc from the symphony suite Through the Apuseni Mountains, Op. 20

Ludomir Różycki: Violin Concerto

***intermission***

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

_____

Janusz Wawrowski – violin

Sinfonia Varsovia

Monika Wolińska – conductor


23 November (Tuesday)

7:30 p.m., Royal Castle, the Great Assembly Hall (Ballroom)

 

György Ligeti: Andante and Allegretto for string quartet

Aleksander Lasoń: String Quartet No. 4

***intermission***

Juliusz Zarębski: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 34

_____

Veronika Böhmová – piano

Silesian Quartet


24 November (Wednesday)

7:30 pm, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

 

Arvo Pärt: Swansong

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47

***intermission***

Erkki-Sven Tüür: Incantation of Tempest for string orchestra

Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82

_____

Veriko Tchumburidze – violin

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

Olari Elts – conductor


25 November (Thursday)

7:30 p.m., Warsaw Philharmonic, Chamber Hall

 

Cello recital

George Enescu: Sonata in F minor for cello and piano, Op. posth., I mov.

Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor ‘Arpeggione’ for cello and piano

***intermission***

Mieczysław Karłowicz: Serenade in G major for cello and piano

Giya Kancheli: Herio Bichebo

Mieczysław Weinberg: Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 63

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Anastasia Kobekina – cello

Luka Okros – piano


26 November (Friday)

7:30 pm, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

 

Leoš Janáček: Suite for Strings

Ladislav Kupkovič: Cantica slovaca four Slovak songs for string ensemble

Bela Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances for string orchestra

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki: Concerto for harpsichord or piano and orchestra, Op. 40

***intermission***

Antonín Dvořák: Biblical Songs, Op. 99

_____

Anna Górecka – piano

Bogdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra

Ewald Danel – conductor

Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble “Camerata Silesia”

Anna Szostak – choir preparation


10:00 p.m., Akwarium Club

Polish Radio Experimental Studio – interpretations

_____

Markus Popp (Oval)

Jacek Sienkiewicz


27 November (Saturday)

7:30 pm, Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

Krzysztof Penderecki: Symphony No. 2 “Christmas”

***intermission***

Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Giya Kancheli: Morning Prayers

_____

Lukáš Vondráček – piano

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Andrzej Boreyko – conductor

The concert is co-organized by the Warsaw Philharmonic and the National Centre for Culture


5 December (Sunday)

7:30 p.m.Royal Castle, the Great Assembly Hall (Ballroom)

 

Vocal recital

Programme:

Mykola Lysenko, Viktor Kosenko, Jean Sibelius

_____

Olga Pasiecznik – soprano

Natalia Pasiecznik – piano

2nd International Music Festival of Central and Eastern Europe Warsaw, 15-23 november 2019

About festival

II Międzynarodowy Festiwal Muzyki Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej EUFONIE

15-23 listopada 2019 r.

EUFONIE to festiwal muzyczny odwołujący się do tradycji wspólnoty regionalnej większości krajów określanych dzisiaj jako Europa Środkowo-Wschodnia, rozciągająca się od Bałkanów, poprzez Rumunię i Austrię, kraje Grupy Wyszehradzkiej, Ukrainę i Białoruś, po kraje bałtyckie, poszerzana niekiedy o Skandynawię. Obszar ten to fascynujący tygiel ścierających się wpływów Wschodu i Zachodu, kipiący energią kulturową, która nieraz określała tożsamość narodów bez własnych państw.

Wydarzenia kulturalne w ramach projektu prezentują muzykę różnych epok i stylów: od muzyki poważnej do ambitnej muzyki popularnej poprzez muzyczne eksperymenty. Występują uznani artyści z regionu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej, lecz w festiwalowych salach koncertowych nie brakuje również solistów i zespołów z innych części świata.

Cechę wyróżniającą festiwal EUFONIE stanowi różnorodność gatunkowa, której podczas tej edycji nie zabraknie.

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Programme

Program Eufonie 2019

15 November, Friday

 

7.30 p.m.,  Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

 

 

The NOSPR under Rossen Gergov, with phenomenal clarinett ist David

Krakauer – a strong accent for the start of this year’s Eufonie Festival.

Josef Suk as an outstanding Czech composer of the late 19th / early 20th

centuries, defi nitely unjustly neglected in Poland. Mathew Rosenblum’s

Lament / Witches’ Sabbath recalls a family tale from Eastern Europe’s

hardest ti mes, when an inhuman regime fuelled hatred and xenophobia.

Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 3 is a must for everyone interested

in contemporary music. Three very diff erent works; three aspects

of Central-Eastern Europe’s cultural complexity.

                                                          

Josef Suk (1874–1935): Fantastic Scherzo (Fantasti cké scherzo) in G Minor Op. 25

for orchestra (1902–1903)

Mathew Rosenblum (ur. 1954): Lament / Witches’ Sabbath for solo clarinet and orchestra (2017)

Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994): Symphony No. 3 (1983)

David Krakauer – clarinet

Mathew Rosenblum – live electronics

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Rossen Gergov – conductor

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10.00 p.m.,  Warsaw Philharmonic, Chamber Music Hall foyer

                                                                      

The concert-spectacle Incantati ons is a treat for all those who feel

uneasy watching a usually unimpressive classical concert, where

there is litt le is to be seen, especially from the back rows of a large

concert hall. In a performance show, the performati ve element is

crucial, and music is not only to be heard, but also to determine stage

movement and other, frequently improvised visual eff ects. The dancers

have notably been prepared by the famous Jacek Przybyłowicz,

the singer is vocalist-ethnographer Weronika Grozdew-Kołacińska,

and electronics is the work of Aleksandra Bilińska. The whole,

as the composer explains, is about women…

Incantations** (2019) –

Aleksandra Bilińska – electronics

Weronika Grozdew-Kołacińska – vocals

Jacek Przybyłowicz – choreography


16 November, Saturday

5.00 p.m., Archcathedral Basilica of St John the Baptist

 

Contemporary music is usually associated with the search for new,

surprising types of sound and sonic combinati ons, frequently rather

diffi cult for the unaccustomed ear. A new piece may often prove a whole

brave new world, to be painstakingly explored as if it were a previously

unknown people with its own culture, language and customs.

The composers featured in this concert are likewise explorers, but –

a notable point – they explore traditi on not less than modernity, studying

prayer, meditati on, and… silence. Those who have ever looked for such

elements in music should feel at home in this repertoire, presented by real

experts in the fi eld: Collegium Musicale under conductor Endrik Üksvärav.

 

Paweł Łukaszewski: Popule meus* for mixed unaccompanied choir (2019)

Erkki-Sven Tüür (ur. 1959): The Wanderer’s Evening Song (Rändaja õhtulaul)

for mixed choir to a text by Ernst Enno (2001)

Paweł Łukaszewski (ur. 1968): Corpus Christi responsoria for unaccompanied choir (2018)

Arvo Pärt (ur. 1935): Virgencita* for mixed unaccompanied choir (2012)

Arvo Pärt: Kleine Litanei* for mixed unaccompanied choir (2015)

Arvo Pärt: I usłyszałem głos…* (Ja ma kuulsinhääle…) for mixed unaccompanied choir (2017)

Collegium Musicale

Endrik Üksvärav – conductor


7.30 p.m., Palladium Theatre

Many a regime has sentenced it to annihilati on and oblivion in this land,

where it fl ourished in the past. In Poland it is now being revived by

such centres as Pogranicze – Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nati ons,

with Sejny Theatre and its orchestra. It also has its world-famous

ambassadors such as David Krakauer, whose versati le virtuosity brings

klezmer music back to life and creati vely confronts it with other

styles to create new musical worlds. Krakauer’s concert with the

Sejny Theatre Klezmer Orchestra presents klezmer music in its full

splendour and capti vati ng power.

Concert programme:

David Krakauer’s compositions and traditional songs arranged by David Krakauer and Sejny Theatre Klezmer Orchestra

David Krakauer – clarinet

Sejny Theatre Klezmer Orchestra


10.00 p.m., Hybrydy Club

New electronic music from Ukraine

Fans of electronic music will welcome the performance by three

Ukrainian DJs as a highlight of this autumn. Vakula, Voin Oruwu

and Zavoloka are acclaimed arti sts in their own country, and they are

scoring ever greater successes in the internati onal scene. Their sets

fuse many genres in surprising and innovati ve ways, which is quite a feat

in this much exploited fi eld. Their performances frequently combine music

with multi media shows, and our concert will be no excepti on.

Vakula

Voin Oruwu

Zavoloka


17 November, Sunday

 

17:00 – Teatr Palladium

                                                          

Synaesthesis, Lithuania’s leading new music ensemble, has invited young

Lithuanian and Polish composers – Dominykas Digimas, Julius Aglinskas,

Jagoda Szmytka, Piotr Bednarczyk as well as sculptor and interactive

object artist Vėjas Aliukas – to collaborate on the performance

of their works. It is not a traditi onal music concert. The music will trigger

an interplay of lights which share with sounds the functi on of narrator

in this show.

Audio-visual project …before, between and after… recalls

the events that accompanied Lithuania regaining independence in 1990.

The project uses the following compositions:

Dominykas Digimas: Another Point of View and Walking through three points

Julius Aglinskas: Being (Observing) and Between the Silence

Jagoda Szmytka: Greetings From a Dopplegaenger

Piotr Bednarczyk: Connected

Synaesthesis Contemporary Music Ensemble

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7.30 p.m., Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

The five composers featured in this programme, representing five

different countries, were all strongly aff ected by living under

20th-century totalitarian regimes. Three of those states – Ukraine

(Sylvestrov), Georgia (Kancheli) and Latvia (Vasks) – were part

of the USSR unti l 1991. The other two artists were émigrés: Bartók,

who fled Hungary and fascism in 1940 to settle in the United States,

and Panufnik, who defected to Great Britain in 1954. Are traces of their life experience also present in any form in their music?                                                          

Valentin Silvestrov (ur. 1937): Hymn – 2001 for string orchestra (2001)

Giya Kancheli (ur. 1935): A Little Daneliade for violin, piano and strings (2000)

Andrzej Panufnik (1914–1991): Cello Concerto (1991)

Pēteris Vasks (ur. 1946): Musica dolorosa for string orchestra (1983)

Béla Bartók (1881–1945): Divertimento for string orchestra (1939)

 

Narek Hakhnazaryan – cello

AUKSO – Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy

Marek Moś – conductor


10.00 p.m., Palladium Theatre

Highly regarded by connoisseurs, loved by audiences, much liked by

film fans; inspiring not only for the ear, but also for the imagination;

very Polish, but known throughout the world – all this can be said about

the music of Wojciech Kilar.

Francesco Tristano listens to and interprets this music through the prism of the piano and of his own avant-garde electronic music. After his reading of Bach, now there comes the time for our Kilar, creatively reworked in contact with the mastery

and artistic sensitivity of the Luxembourgian artist.

Francesco Tristano: Conversations with Wojciech Kilar**

 

Film themes from:

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Portrait of a Lady, The Pianist. Leper,

Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania, The Ninth Gate

excerpts from:

Orawa, Exodus

and other compositions     

Francesco Tristano – piano and electronics


18 November, Monday

7.30 p.m. – Museum of John Paul II Collecti on, Rotunda Hall

                                                                                  

Solng of Death** – the global information society is a place where great discoveries are possible not just for archaeologists in the ruins of the Pompeii, where

Roman artefacts are still being dug up, but also for attentive students

of online catalogues, such as that of the University Library of Erlangen-

Nürnberg. For decades we have been taught at school that the priceless

monument of Polish literature, Master Polikarp’s Dialogue with Death,

has only been incompletely preserved. However, Professor Wiesław Wydra

has now unearthed its complete version, and the fascinati ng and passionate

collaboration of this scholar with a group of excellent musicians has made it

possible for us to hear previously unknown sections of this work.

Jan Frycz – monodrama

Adam Strug, Monodia Polska – songs

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19 November, Tuesday

7.30 p.m.,  – Warsaw Philharmonic, Chamber Music Hall

The string quartet is a serious and noble genre, which has to do with

the unity and at the same time the fullness of its sound. Like many other

chamber music forms, it was formerly meant primarily for domestic use.

Only with time did the contemplation of professional performances gain

the upper hand and largely replace amateur music-making. Nowadays

concert presentations of quartets usually att ract the most demanding

audience. The Pavel Haas Quartet demonstrates to us the possible

relations between music and extra-musical content: Shakespeare

in the first piece, the so-called absolute music in the second,

and a tale of great love in the third…

Ľubica Čekovská (ur. 1975): A Midsummer Quartet* (2019)

Béla Bartók (1881–1945): String Quartet No. 4 (1928)

Leoš Janáček (1854–1928): String Quartet No. 2 ‘Inti mate Lett ers’ („Listy důvěrné”, 1928)

 

Pavel Haas Quartet

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20 November, Wednesday

7.30 p.m.,  The Royal Castle in Warsaw – Museum, The Great Assembly Hall (Ballroom)

 

When praising the Jagiellon era as the true golden age of Polish

culture, the best perspective is that of the Italian opera. Admittedly,

it is not going to be a lesson in actual political history. Rather, we will see

Poland in the context of what was long considered as the ideal of music

(both composers and performers) and of its social reception. Outstanding

soloists accompanied by {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna under Martyna

Pastuszka have already won the hearts of many demanding music

enthusiasts for Vinci’s Gismondo. The splendid, stylish setting

of Warsaw’s Royal Castle seems wonderfully to suit this truly royal,

18th-century music.

Leonardo Vinci (ok. 1696–1730): Gismondo, re di Polonia (ok. 1726–1727) – Opera in three acts, concert version

Max Emanuel Cenčić – Gismondo / Sigismund

Nian Wang – Ottone / Otto

Suzanne Jerosme – Cunegunda / Cunigunde

Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk – Primislao / Premislaus

Jake Arditti – Ernesto / Ernest

Dilyara Idrisowa – Giuditta / Judith

Vasily Khoroshev – Ermanno / Hermann

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna

Martyna Pastuszka – music directiohn


21 November, Thursday

7.30 p.m.,  – Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

I, CULTURE Orchestra is a unique project. Inaugurated as the flagship

ensemble of the International Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency

of the EU Council in 2011 (implemented by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute),

it has developed over the last 8 years into an excellent orchestra made up

of the most gifted musicians of our region, winning acclaim in collaborati on

with eminent soloists and conductors in the best venues throughout Europe.

The programme comprises music by Grażyna Bacewicz, Peter Eötvös, Antonín

Dvořak, as well as Stanisław Moniuszko’s truly fantasti cal ‘Fairy Tale’ Overture.

Grażyna Bacewicz (1909–1969): Overture for orchestra (1943)

Peter Eötvös (ur. 1944): Violin Concerto No. 2 „DoReMi” (2011–2012; 2013)

Stanisław Moniuszko (1819–1872): ‘Fairy Tale’ – Fantastical Overture for orchestra (1847–1848)

Antonín Dvořak (1841–1904): Symphony No. 7 in D Minor Op.70 (1885)

Leticia Moreno – violin

I, CULTURE Orchestra

Marta Gardolińska  – conductor

This concert is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the National Centre for Culture Poland

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22 November, Friday

 

7.30 p.m.,  Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

Dmitri Shostakovich and Mieczyslaw Weinberg had much in common.

These close and long-ti me friends loved to talk about music and

play it together. For decades they shared the difficult realities of life

in the Soviet capital. Both experienced the favour and disfavour of the

communist authorities. At this concert, we will hear their great works

in the masterful interpretations of Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

under Gabriel Chmura, with Gidon Kremer as the soloist.

Mieczysław Wajnberg (1919–1996): Sinfoniett a No. 1 Op. 41 (1948)

Mieczysław Wajnberg: Violin Concerto Op. 67 (1960)

Dymitr Szostakowicz (1906–1975): Symphony No. 6 in B Minor Op. 54 (1939)

Gidon Kremer – violin

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Gabriel Chmura – conductor

This concert is co-organised by Warsaw Philharmonic and the National Centre for Culture Poland

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10.00 p.m., Hybrydy Club

In the wake of last year’s riveti ng performance by VOŁOSI and Félix

Lajkó, this year we present another concert of best class folk music, this

time by bands from Poland and Slovakia. Sokół Orchestra will play Polish

music under the dedicated performer of such repertoire, Przemek Sokół.

Their programme includes the earliest traces of Polish (or perhaps still

pan-Slavic) culture, much respected by musicologists and ethnographers,

though unfortunately poorly documented.  The repertoire of the Slovak

Pacora Trio, mostly composed by the band members, draws on folk

cultures close to those musicians.

PaCoRa Trio

 

Sokół Orchestra


23 November, Saturday

7.30 p.m.,  Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus                                                              

The Festival’s grand finale, Krzysztof Penderecki’s A Polish Requiem,

is a work which, through the figures of the dedicatees of its successive

sections, directs the audience’s att ention to the tragic events of Poland’s

most recent history, from the Katyń massacre, the WWII uprisings in the

Warsaw Ghetto and then in the whole city, the Polish protests of 1970 on

the Baltic coast, as well as to great personaliti es: Father Maximilian Maria

Kolbe, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and Pope John Paul II. The monumental

music cycle emerged slowly and gradually along with the free Polish state,

over the period of 25 years, while the liturgical texts of the Mass for the

Dead situate this work in the great history of the Requiem genre.

Krzysztof Penderecki (ur. 1933): A Polish Requiem for four solo voices (SATB),

two mixed choirs and orchestra (1980–2005)

Iwona Hossa – soprano

Anna Radziejewska – alto

Rafał Bartmiński – tenor

Tomasz Konieczny – bass

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

Sinfonia Varsovia

Zsolt Nagy – conductor

* Polish premiere

** World premiere – commissioned by the National Centre for Culture Poland

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1st International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe Eufonie, 23 november – 1 december 2018

O festiwalu

1st International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe Eufonie

Warsaw, 23 November – 1 December 2018

‘Eufonie’ is a new music festival referring to the tradition of regional community of the majority of the countries described today as Central and Eastern Europe, stretching from the Balkans, through Romania and Austria, the Visegrad Group countries, Ukraine and Belarus, to the Baltic states, sometimes extended to include Scandinavia. That area is a fascinating melting pot of clashing Eastern and Western influences, bursting with cultural energy that has often defined the identity of nations deprived of their own states.

Banner eufonie

We want the history of the region and its present day to be reflected by the new festival, hence the cultural events within the project will present music of different eras and styles: from classical music, through musical experiments, to ambitious popular music. The performers will be renowned artists from Central and Eastern Europe, but the festival concert venues will also feature soloists and ensembles from other parts of the world.

During this year’s edition of the Festival – organized in the special year of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence – we will hear, among others, works by Karol Szymanowski, Béla Bartók, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Antonín Dvořák or Arvo Pärt. The extensive programme will provide the opportunity to present a comprehensive overview of the region of Central and Eastern Europe, to discover new cultural contexts and to search for musical inspiration.

The patron of the 1st International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe is PKN ORLEN S.A. Note: the link will open in a new tab

Financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the Multiannual Programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.

Program

Homage to the Maestro: Krzysztof Penderecki’s Birthday Concert

23 November, Friday, 8.00 p.m., Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera, Moniuszko Auditorioum

Krzysztof Penderecki was born on 23 November 1933. The Festival’s opening concert pays homage to this great master of Polish 20th-century music. It is at the same time the closing event of the Krzysztof Penderecki Festival organised by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association to celebrate the composer’s 85th birthday. The concert programme includes Krzysztof Penderecki’s works performed by world-class artists and the Maestro’s close friends.

Metamorphosen – Concerto per violino ed orchestra no. 2 (1992–1995)

Anne-Sophie Mutter – violin

Sinfonia Varsovia

Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor

*** INTERMISSION ***

Concerto grosso per tre violoncelli ed orchestra (2000–2001)

Frans Helmerson, Ivan Monigetti, Arto Noras – cellos

Sinfonia Varsovia

Christoph Eschenbach – conductor

*** INTERMISSION ***

Dies illa for three soloists (soprano, mezzo-soprano, bass), three mixed choirs and orchestra (2014)

Johanna Rusanen – soprano

Anna Radziejewska – mezzo-soprano

Nikolay Didenko – bass

Leonard Slatkin – conductor

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

National Forum of Music (NFM) Choir

Poznań Chamber Choir

Sinfonia Varsovia

The Concert has been organised by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music, and the National Centre for Culture Poland.


The Dawning of Independence

24 November, Saturday) 7.30 p.m. , Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall

A concert presenting the works of four composers who led the music of their respective countries into the era of national independence. Enescu in Romania, Szymanowski in Poland, Sibelius in Finland and Bartók in Hungary are nowadays considered national composers. After 1918, in the new sovereign states, they laid the foundations for national styles in the music of their countries. At the same time they took care to incorporate the national ingredients into the wider current of European art. Today, their compositions belong to the canon of 20th-century music.

George Enescu (1881–1955): Romanian Rhapsody in D major, Op. 11 No. 2 for orchestra (1901)

Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937): Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 (1916)

*** INTERMISSION ***

Jean Sibelius (1865–1957): Finlandia – symphonic poem, Op. 26 (1899)

Bela Bartók (1881–1945): Concerto for Orchestra (1943)

Akiko Suwanai – violin

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice

Lawrence Foster – conductor


Nordheim and His Warsaw

25 November, Sunday,  5.00 p.m. , Teatr WARSawy

A re-interpretation of works by Arne Nordheim, a Norwegian composer associated with the Warsaw Autumn Festival and the Polish Radio Experimental Studio. Scandinavian sounds combined with Polish inspirations, in versions for live electronics.

Biosphere (Geir Jenssen) & Deathprod (Helge Sten): Nordheim Transformed (1998


Arvo Pärt – A New Face of Contemporary Spirituality

25 November, Sunday,  7.30 p.m. , Museum of John Paul II Collection, Rotunda Hall

Arvo Pärt is Estonia’s most eminent composer. Having emigrated from the USSR in 1980, he lived in Vienna and Berlin. His unique works, drawing on medieval music but at the same time profoundly modern and spiritual, have conquered the commercialised world of the West. Today, he is a household name for nearly every music lover. A concert of his music is a veritable feast of sublime musical spirituality.

Arvo Pärta (b. 1935)

Fratres for violin, string orchestra and percussion (1977)

Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for string orchestra and bell (1977)

Adam’s Lament for mixed choir and string orchestra (2010)

*** INTERMISSION ***

Salve Regina for mixed choir, celesta and string orchestra (2001/2011)

Te Deum for three choirs, string orchestra, prepared piano and wind harp (1985)

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Tõnu Kaljuste – conductor


Ceremony of the Bestowal of Honorary Doctorate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on Arvo Pärt

26 November, Monday 12 noon, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music Concert Hall

Organiser: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw


Music of the Carpathians 1: A Concert of Folk Music

26 November, Monday, 7.30 p.m. , Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw, Kameralna Stage


The Polish folk group VOŁOSI and the acclaimed Hungarian violinist Félix Lajkó in a programme of Polish and Hungarian folk music. Joint music-making and the joy of improvisation based on folk elements.

Improvised music

Félix Lajkó – violin

VOŁOSI ensemble


Polish-Ukrainian Inspiration

27 November, Tuesday,  7.30 p.m. , Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

The Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra presents a programme of music steeped in the Polish and Ukrainian traditions: a symphonic poem by Boris Lyatoshinsky, based on the themes of Adam Mickiewicz’s Grazhyna, Myrosław Skoryk’s folk-sounding Carpathian Concerto, and the dances of Karol Szymanowski, who was born in Timoshovka near Kiev. The most recent face of Polish music is represented by Hanna Kulenty’s energetic double concerto, performed jointly by Polish cellists and the Ukrainian orchestra.

Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937): Four Polish Dances (1926)

transkrypcja na orkiestrę: Grzegorz Fitelberg

Hanna Kulenty (ur. 1961): DoubleCelloConcerto (2018)*

*** INTERMISSION ***

Borys Latoszyński (1895–1968): Grażyna – ballada symfoniczna wg Adama Mickiewicza op. 58 (1955)

Myrosław Skoryk (ur. 1938): Koncert karpacki na orkiestrę (1972)

Magdalena Bojanowicz, Bartosz Koziak – wiolonczele

Orkiestra Lwowskiej Obwodowej Filharmonii Narodowej

Wolodymyr Sywochip – dyrygent

* World premiere; co-financed from the Fund for the Promotion of Culture provided by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, as part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance


Music of the Carpathians 2: The Visegrád Group Concert

28 November, Wednesday,  7.30 p.m. , Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw, Kameralna Stage

Four works by young composers from the Visegrád Group countries performed by the excellent  Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra), juxtaposed with authentic Carpathian folklore in the vivid interpretations of the VOŁOSI group. Musical colours and shades of the Carpathians in modern and folk versions.

Jana Kmiťová (ur. 1976): Gesichtsstudien (2017)

Martin Wiesner (ur. 1985): Raindrops on Plastic Rooftops for Orkiestry Muzyki Nowej (2017)

András Gábor Virágh (ur. 1984): Metamorphosis for 14 players (2017)

Jakub Szafrański (ur. 1988): The Carpathians


Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra)

Szymon Bywalec – conudctor

Zespół VOŁOSI – improvised music

Concert under the honorary patronage of His Excellency Dušan Krištofík, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to Poland


The Power of Combined Quartets

29 November (Thursday) 7.30 p.m. , Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw, Kameralna Stage

Two Czech string quartets play pieces by Slovak, Austrian and Polish composers. They combine their forces in the end to perform the very demanding and extremely ear-catching 40-minute-long String Octet by the Romanian composer George Enescu.

Roman Berger (ur. 1930): Songs from Zaolzie for string quartet (2004)

Alexander von Zemlinsky (1871–1942): String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 4 (1896)

Stanisław Moniuszko (1819–1872): String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor (1839)

Kwartet Smyczkowy im. A. Zemlinsky’ego (Zemlinsky Quartet)

*** INTERMISSION ***

George Enescu (1881–1955): Octet for Strings in C Major, Op. 7

Zemlinsky Quartet

Pražák Quartet

Concert under the honorary patronage of:

His Excellency Ivan Jestřáb, PhD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Poland and His Exellency Ovidiu Dranga, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to the Republic of Poland


International Conference in Musicology – Part 1

National Identities – European Universality: Music and Musical Life in Central Europe (1918–2018)

30 November (Friday), 10.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. , Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw

Ball Room of the Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace

Organisers: Polish Composers’ Union, Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw, National Centre for Culture Poland


Lunchtime concert – Piano Recital

30 November (Friday),  1.00 p.m. Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw, Ball Room of the Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace

Béla Bartók (1881–1945): Suite, Op. 14 for piano (1916)

Leoš Janáček (1854–1928): On an Overgrown Path – little pieces for piano (1902–1911)

Béla Bartók (1881–1945): 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (1914-1918)

Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967): Dances of Marosszék for piano (1923–1927)

Zoltán Fejérvári – piano


The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs

30 November (Friday) 7.30 p.m. , Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

The most known Polish symphony, a masterpiece of 20th-century music – Górecki’s deeply moving Symphony of Sorrowful Songs will leave no one indifferent.

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933–2010): Symphony No. 3 – Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Op. 36


for solo soprano and orchestra (1976)

Aleksandra Kurzak – soprano

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

Jacek Kaspszyk – conductor


Catalogue of Trees: Sounds and Gestures of Nature

30 November (Friday), 10.00 p.m. , Teatr WARSawy

Jacaszek/Pahkinen/Strønen is an international performative trio consisting of Polish composer Michał Jacaszek, Finnish/Swedish dancer and choreographer Virpi Pahknen and Norwegian drummer Thomas Strønen. This special premiere performance project, prepared for the Eufonie Festival, is a fusion of live music and dance inspired by the phenomenon of trees: their shapes, movement, changes and sound.

Catalogue of Trees (2018)*

Michał Jacaszek – electronics

Virpi Pahkinen – choreography, dance

Thomas Strønen – percussion

* World premiere – commissioned by the National Centre for Culture Poland


International Conference in Musicology – Part 2

National Identities – European Universality: Music and Musical Life in Central Europe (1918–2018)

1 December (Saturday), 9.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. , Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw

Ball Room of the Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace


In the World of the Great Romantics

1 December (Saturday),  7.30 p.m.  Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Hall

An excellent Hungarian orchestra in a programme of symphonic music by the Czech Romantic master Antonín Dvořak and by the artist who set the trends for Romantic composers all over Europe, Ludwig van Beethoven. His Piano Concerto No. 1 will serve here as a point of reference, providing a valuable musical context.

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904)

Legends, Op. 59, version for orchestra ( (1881)

Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, version for orchestra (1878)

4 Choruses, Op. 29 (1878), version for orchestra – No. 4 – Opuštěný (The Forsaken One) (1878)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827): Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 (1798–1780)

***INTERMISSION***

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60 (1880)

Zoltán Fejérvári – piano

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer – conductor

Concert under the honorary patronage of Her Excellency Orsolya Zsuzsanna Kovács, PhD, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Hungary to Poland

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