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2018/19 Artistic Season Closing

WarsawPhil Ensembles
Kaspszyk / Bendžiūnaitė / Mayer
Fri., 31.05, 7.30pm
Sat., 1.06, 6pm

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2018/2019 Season Closing
Sat., 1 June, 6 pm

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Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra
Vakhtang Kakhidze, Anna Tchania

Sun., 26.05, 6 pm

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Early music – the term seems to be self‑ explicit: centuries‑old works performed by present‑ day musicians in a manner possibly as close as possible to historical practice. Early music performance now has its own long and separate, highly specialised tradition. One should remember, however, that even the most careful research aiming to reconstruct the performance practice of the past is still nothing but a projection of our own vision of that past. So – is early music really ‘early’? Or perhaps now more ‘our own’? The ideas of the composers may be centuries old, but the vision of performance is quite contemporary. Some topics never become outdated; they have been reinterpreted for ages and remain fresh. The emotions described in medieval songs do not differ from those of our contemporaries. Only the form has changed, but the essence is the same. Those works of the past also inspire the composers of our day, who write completely new pieces for historical instruments. Bruno Helstroffer – an eager promoter of the theorbo – writes for this several‑ centuries‑old instrument. Can we still call this early music? Probably not. We cannot be certain to any extent that early works sound the same today as they did in the past. But it is paradoxes that prove the most fascinating.

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Why Early Music Does Not Age: Sonatas But Not Only
Georg Friedrich Händel - Trio Sonatas, Op. 2: in G Minor No. 2, HWV 387; in B-flat Major No. 3, HWV 388; in F Major No 4, HWV 389; in G Minor No. 5, HWV 390; in G Minor No. 6, HWV 391 Henry Purcell - Suite in G minor, Z.661 Henry Purcell - Ground, Z. D222 Henry Purcell - Suite in D Major, Z. 667
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