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Gustav Mahler’s orchestral songs belong to the canon of the Lieder repertoire. Before them, in the 1880s, Mahler had written a number of songs for voice and piano, later published as Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit. Those high quality compositions already foreshadow the composer’s mature style, though they are less popular than the later masterful cycles. In order to promote these early works, attempts have been made to orchestrate them. The best known of these are the arrangements by Luciano Berio. During the opening concert of the new season, we will hear another interesting version of Mahler’s early songs, created by the British brother-composers David and Colin Matthews. The latter researched the music of the Austrian-Bohemian-Jewish composer, to whom he dedicated his doctoral thesis. The brothers rarely worked together as composers, and followed completely different trends. Still, they collaborated not only on the orchestration of Mahler’s songs, but also on Deryck Cooke's project for the performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, only preserved in draft form.
The musical oeuvre of Mieczysław (Moisey) Weinberg has recently experienced a renaissance and attracts growing interest in Poland. Born in 1919 in Warsaw into a Jewish family, he fled from the Nazis to the Soviet Union and in 1941 found himself working in the Moscow circles influenced by Shostakovich, whom he saw as his true master. “Though I never took lessons from him, I consider myself his disciple, his flesh and bone,” he confessed. Well known and highly regarded in the USSR, he was long neglected in the country of his youth, but he never forgot Poland. Evidence of his love and knowledge of the Polish language and its literature can be found in his songs to words by Julian Tuwim and in the Symphony No. 8 (1964), setting the text of Tuwim’s long poem Polish Flowers. This imposing 10-part composition (one of Weinberg’s 26 symphonies) is one of his most interesting and most personal works. In Tuwim’s poetry Weinberg found a reflection of his own experiences, and a nostalgic recollection of his youth.
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You are invited to this concert by PKO Bank Polski – Warsaw Philharmonic Strategic Partner of the Year