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


Matthias Goerne

Celebrated around the globe for his opera and concert performances, German bar­itone Matthias Goerne is a frequent guest with leading orchestras and renowned festivals and concert halls.

His artistry has been documented on numerous recordings, many of which have received rave reviews and prestigious awards, including five Grammy nominations, an ICMA award, a Gramophone Award, the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award 2017, Diapason d’Or, and the ECHO Klassik 2017 in the category „singer of the year“. In the past two years, he has released three albums with Deutsche Grammophon: Beethoven Songs with pianist Jan Lisiecki, a collection of Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Hans Pfitzner Songs with pianist Seong-Jin Cho and his new album of Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms Songs with pianist Daniil Trifonov, which received Limelight Award 2022 (as a “Vocal Recording of the Year”).

Matthias Goerne was appointed an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and, in past seasons, was an Artist-in-Residence at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and at the New York Philharmonic. Highlights of the past season included concerts with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden, the Orchestre National de France under Cristian Măcelaru, the Boston Symphony under Antonio Pappano, the Münchner Philharmoniker under Paavo Järvi, and recitals with pianists Christoph Eschenbach, Seong-Jin Cho, Markus Hinterhäuser, Alexandre Kantorow and Daniil Trifonov.

In the previous season, Matthias Goerne performed at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin the role of Sarastro in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona – the title role in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck. In the summer of 2022, he sang the role of Wotan in Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl in a production directed by Yuval Sharon. He also appeared at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at the Salzburg Festival.

Highlights in the 2022/2023 season include concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Orchestre National de France conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Wiener Philharmoniker under Christoph Eschenbach, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck, and a tour of Asia with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi. Recitals with pianists Leif Ove Andsnes, Markus Hinterhäuser and Víkingur Ólafsson will take him to Paris, London and Florence, among other cities.

Matthias Goerne will perform the Wagnerian roles of Marke in Tristan und Isolde in Opéra national du Capitole in Toulouse as well as of Amfortas in Parsifal at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.