4th International Music Festival of Central-Eastern Europe: Wielka symfonika Filharmonia Narodowa

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“What is life but a series of preludes to that unknown hymn whose first solemn note is intoned by death?” wrote Franz Liszt in the text attached to the symphonic poem Les Préludes. The piece, full of passion, pathos and heroism, was originally intended to be an overture to the cycle Les quatre éléments. Ultimately, the work became an independent composition, obtaining a title referring to the poem by Alphonse de Lamartine.

Bedřich Smetana started working on Prague Carnival at the end of his life, but the idea of the piece accompanied him already in 1880. The composer managed to complete only the Introduction and the Polonaise; he did not attend the premiere, which took place on his birthday, due to poor health.

Missa glagolitica by Leoš Janáček, which crowns the concert, is considered a celebration of Slavic culture. Written to Old Church Slavonic texts, the Mass is a unique combination of chaotic energy with delicacy, of religiousness with a pagan spirit.

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Sinfonia Varsovia

An ensemble formed in April 1984 with the expansion of the Polish Chamber Orchestra. The impulse behind its creation was the arrival in Poland of the legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin, to an invitation from Waldemar Dąbrowski and Franciszek Wybrańczyk, director of the Polish Chamber Orchestra. In performances with Menuhin, the ensemble soon won public acclaim in Poland and abroad, and Menuhin took the post of principal guest conductor.

Over the years, Sinfonia Varsovia has performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, alongside such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Witold Lutosławski, Lorin Maazel, Emmanuel Krivine and Jerzy Maksymiuk, and soloists of the calibre of Mstislav Rostropovich, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Alfred Brendel, Martha Argerich and Piotr Anderszewski. Since its inception, the orchestra has given more than four thousand concerts on five continents and recorded over 300 discs.

Music director from 1997, and artistic director from 2003 to 2020, was Krzysztof Penderecki. From 2008 to 2012 the role of music director was fulfilled by Marc Minkowski. In 2004, Franciszek Wybrańczyk appointed as director of Sinfonia Varsovia a long-serving member of the ensemble, Janusz Marynowski, who has held the post to this day. In September 2022, Aleksandar Marković became principal guest conductor of Sinfonia Varsovia.

 

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