Chamber Music Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Chamber Music Concert
Maciej Frąckiewicz, photo: artist's archive

Gabrieli, Bach, Strauss... We often mention the names of composers forgetting that they sometimes belonged to different individuals not always related to one another. We should bear this in mind when someone brings up the name Górecki. Henryk Mikołaj or Mikołaj? The relationship between these two composers assumes at least two forms: father/son and master/pupil. Their close bond is evident in the fact that after his father’s death, Mikołaj Górecki decided to complete the works left unfinished by Henryk Mikołaj (as indeed their composer had anticipated). During this concert of music by the two Góreckis, the father’s output will be represented by Three Pieces in Old Style, written more than half a century ago, inspired by music of the Polish Renaissance. But the programme is dominated by works composed by Mikołaj Górecki over the last three decades. These will also invoke music of the past, albeit the much closer past than in the case of his father’s composition. The reference point for all these works will be the string orchestra, although there will also be solo instruments, as in the Concerto-Notturno, popular among violin virtuosos, and the Accordion Concerto, performed this evening for the first time.

Bartłomiej Gembicki



The premiere performance of the Concerto for Accordion and Strings by Mikołaj Górecki has been co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland within the programme ‘Composition Commissions’ implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.


Jan Lewtak

Graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music (now: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in Warsaw, where he studied violin with Zenon Brzewski and Mirosław Ławrynowicz. A winner of prizes at various music competitions, he has participated in a number of national and international master interpretation classes, as well as in the Talents Week Festival in Tarnów. Since 1983, a member of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, he has given concerts in Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Great Britain, South Korea, China, and Japan, and as a soloist also in Germany, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, Spain, and Japan. The artist has made many album and archival recordings. He has collaborated with the music editorial office of Polish Radio – for the series of original broadcasts on Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin he received an award from the Radio and Television Committee.

Jan Lewtak is the author of numerous arrangements for chamber orchestra; on the occasion of the Chopin Year (2010), on the commission of PWM Edition publishing house, he arranged for piano and string orchestra both Chopin’s concertos. He is Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with which in 2003 he recorded Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as a soloist under the baton of Antoni Wit.