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The soloist in the Paderewski's Piano Concerto has changed - Eduard Kunz will be replaced by Mr Jakub Kuszlik, winner of the 2nd prize od the 10th International Paderewski Piano Competition Bydgoszcz.
Concert is part of the Niepodległa 2018 programme of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
On the eve of the great anniversary – a hundred years since Poland regained independence – Warsaw Philharmonic presents a concert entirely dedicated to one of the main architects of Poland’s revival – Ignacy Jan Paderewski. He always saw himself as an ambassador of Polish culture and a promoter of the cause of Poland’s independence. His contributions in this field were enormous and of many kinds. Paderewski wrote his Piano Concerto in A Minor for six years (with some breaks) and completed it in 1888 as a 28-year‑ old on the threshold of international fame. The success of the first performance (by Anna Yesipova) of this brilliantly virtuosic work confirmed its masterly form and began its long career on the world’s concert stages. Thanks to beautiful stylisations of national themes, this piece is particularly dear to the hearts of the Polish audience.
Intense concert life, political and social activity left Paderewski little time for composing. Most of his works were written early in his life, predominantly for solo piano, to provide repertoire for his own concerts. However, he also composed the (now slightly forgotten) opera Manru and a number of ambitious symphonic works: the A Minor Concerto, The Polish Fantasy (1893) and the Symphony in B Minor ‘Polonia’ (1904–1907). The Fantasy was the fruit of a brief period of rest between exhausting concert tours, in the summer of 1893, which he spent in Normandy. The composer dedicated this piece to Princess Rachel de Brancovan. Its premiere in the autumn of the same year in Norwich, England, was a huge success and from that time on Paderewski frequently performed this composition. Also today it is one of the most popular Polish works for piano and orchestra. Like Chopin, Paderewski avoids in it direct quotations from folk music, but draws on folk character, melodies and dance rhythms, including naturally those of the mazurka. Also his early Overture in E Flat Major (1884) abounds in national motifs. The music delights the ear with the freshness of invention and with engaging orchestration. Published only quite recently, it is less known for this reason than his other orchestral works.
This concert was produced under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the project TUTTI.pl promoting the performance of Polish music.