Chamber Music Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Chamber Music Concert
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The mission of the Chain Ensemble chamber orchestra led by Andrzej Bauer is to bring new music to a contemporary audience. The ensemble’s concerts are characterised by an excitingly compiled repertoire, in which compositions from the last few decades are not infrequently juxtaposed with twentieth-century ‘classics’. Particularly intriguing in our concert is the opening work. First performed in 1985, Steven Stucky’s Boston Fancies owes its title both to the ensemble that performed it (Boston Musica Viva) and to the short, soloistic and occasionally ‘fanciful’ bridges that bond the work together. Arnold Schönberg’s colouristically dazzling Five Pieces for Orchestra, first performed 120 years ago, demands huge precision and concentration of the performers in order for the composer’s timbral ideas to be realised. Alberto Ginastera’s Serenata, Op. 42 represents an interesting combination of a baritone voice and a solo cello part, intended to personify the female protagonist of the poetry of Pablo Neruda. During the work’s first performance, in 1974, the cello part was performed by Aurora Nátola, the composer’s wife, which was supposed to add a little piquancy to the work’s presentation. The programme of our concert ends with Silvestre Revueltas’s hypnotising Sensemayá, from 1937, which draws inspiration from the ritual Afro-Caribbean singing that accompanies the ceremony of sacrificing a snake.

Bartłomiej Gembicki