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Symphonic Concert
Event type: Symphonic concert
Hall: Concert Hall
Subscription: D2 - Symphonic concerts, Z2 - Golden subscription
Price: 30-70 zł
Georges Bizet
- Symphony in C Major [27’]
Intermission [20']
Karol Szymanowski
- Litany to the Virgin Mary, Op. 59 [8‘]
Witold Lutosławski
- 20 Polish Christmas Carols for soprano, female choir and orchestra (selection) [30‘]

Tickets available from 16 September 2019.


On the weekend before Christmas, we invite music aficionados to spend a Franco-Polish evening at the Warsaw Philharmonic. The first part of the concert will be devoted to George Bizet’s Symphony in C Major.

Written while Bizet was still a teenager the work abounds in youthful verve and melodic invention. When he penned the piece, it was still difficult for the future author of Carmen to free himself from the influence of his master Charles Gounod, and hence of its classical character. Perhaps Bizet was aware of this fact and therefore did not think much of his Symphony. The score had to wait for almost eighty years before finally seeing the light of day in the 1930s.

But a 17-year-old composer was nothing new in the history of music. After all, at this age, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s had already two hundred pieces under his belt, Felix Mendelssohn had already written his Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Camille Saint-Saëns had already been composing for eleven years!

The works designed to put us in a Christmas mood will be Karol Szymanowski’s intent Litany to the Virgin Mary and a selection of the most exquisite Polish carols arranged by Witold Lutosławski. Both works, despite representing completely different musical idioms, convey a particular simplicity and refinement. It is also worth adding that Lutosławski did not create merely functional arrangements of popular Christmas songs. By employing his typical composing techniques, he treated well-known carols in quite an original way, thereby bestowing upon them a fresh formula.

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