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"Polish Piano Concertos"
Franciszek Lessel, a decade younger than Beethoven and the only Polish pupil of Joseph Haydn – is a composer representing the transition phase between Classicism and Romanticism. He combined a love of sonata and variation forms with the more sentimental type of expression and decorative lightness of the stile brillante, of which he was the greatest representative among Polish composers before Chopin. Unfortunately a large proportion of his works were lost. Those that remain can easily rival works by many better known European composers of his generation. One of the proofs of his talent is the charming Piano Concerto in C Major, an interesting fusion of classicising form and folk music stylisations with brilliant virtuosity.
Franz Schubert, the great precursor of Romanticism, was underestimated in his lifetime and had very few opportunities to hear his symphonies performed. His first work in this genre was more fortunate. He completed it as a 16-year‑ old in 1813 and succeeded in having it premiered the very same year, but the next performance only took place almost 70 years later. The contemporary fans and promoters of Schubert’s music admitted his indebtedness to the great classics, but also noticed the germs of his gradually emerging individual style, especially in the area of wonderful melodic invention.
Of the three protagonist of today’s concert, only Mendelssohn could see his artistic life as fulfilled. Admired nearly throughout Europe since his childhood, also in later life he continually enjoyed popularity was adored by the audience. His music has been present in concert repertoires ever since. The programmatic overture Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage draws on two poems by Goethe: Meeresstille and Glückliche Fahrt, also previously set by Beethoven in his now slightly forgotten cantata. Schubert the young Romantic presents the themes of these poems in a purely instrumental piece, painting a suggestive picture with the sounds of his music.
You are invited to this concert by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna – Warsaw Philharmonic Patron of the Year
This concert was produced under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the project TUTTI.pl promoting the performance of Polish music.