100th Anniversary of the Birth of Andrzej Hiolski Filharmonia Narodowa

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100th Anniversary of the Birth of Andrzej Hiolski
Matthias Goerne, photo: Marie Staggat

Barely awoken, / we’re already heading for sleep. / It’s not true, not true / that we came to dwell on the earth – this extract from a poem in the Nahuatl language inspired Mikołaj Górecki to write the composition Zen Tontemiquico (2006). This work lulls us into a meditative trance, interspersed with moments of frenzy, combining orchestral means of expression with allusions to the pre-Columbian tradition.

The journey from birth to death is equally moving in Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder. This is a tribute paid by the soloist, the celebrated German singer Matthias Goerne, to Andrzej Hiolski, an outstanding Polish baritone who died in 2000 and would have turned 100 on 1 January 2022.

The Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde are the most brilliant examples of the realisation of Wagner’s concept of the music drama. This ‘memorial to the most powerfully Romantic drama’, as Wagner described his work, became a model of musical expression for many long years. Still today, it stands in the pantheon of the most beautiful, but at the same time most tragic, works of all time.

The borderline between sleeping and waking is navigated by Valentyn Sylvestrov’s Fourth Symphony (1976). This work marks a radical change in the output of this Ukrainian composer, who in the 1970s departed from avant-garde sounds. Here, sharp, radical means of expression clash with an aesthetic that hints at neoromanticism, filled with melancholy melodiousness.

Jan Lech


Andrzej Boreyko

The 2022/2023 season is Andrzej Boreyko’s fourth as Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also open the season of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Teatro alla Scala as their resident director in September 2022.

Highlights of previous seasons have included major tours with the Warsaw Philharmonic to Spain, with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia to Germany and the Filarmonica della Scala (to the Ljubljana, Rheingau, Gstaad and Grafenegg festivals). Guest engagements from recent seasons have included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-orchester Berlin, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Sydney, Toronto, Seattle, Minnesota, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras, and Chicago, Dallas and Detroit symphony orchestras. In 2019, he conducted the Cleveland Orchestra.

He will return to the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra, with which he will appear at the Budapest Palace of Arts.

Other orchestras he has worked with include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic.

As an advocate for contemporary music, Andrzej Boreyko continues to record world premieres with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, most recently the music of Paul Kletzki, Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Giya Kancheli and André Tchaikowsky.

Previous appointments include Music Director positions at the Jenaer Philharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, Berner Symphonieorchester, Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra and Naples Philharmonic.