2021/2022 Jubilee Concert Season Opening Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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2021/2022 Jubilee Concert Season Opening Concert
Krzysztof Jabłoński, fot. artist's archive

It is hard to believe, but Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, one of the most famous and popular works ever written for this instrument and whose opening chords have become emblematic of the composer’s music, enjoyed only a lukewarm reception during its premiere performance at the Moscow Conservatoire, and one of the harshest critics of the piece was the great pianist Nikolai Rubinstein. His adverse opinion hurt Tchaikovsky to the quick – he erased the dedication to Rubinstein, bestowing this honour instead on the first ever performer of the work, Hans von Bülow. Despite an enthusiastic reception in the United States, in Europe the Concerto continued to divide opinion. It was a work to which no-one could remain indifferent, and eventually even Rubinstein took to Concerto in B-flat Minor and became an excellent interpreter of the piece, which became a permanent fixture in the concerto repertoire.

The early 19th-century collection of German folk songs and poems compiled by Joachim von Arnim and Clemens Brentano – Des Knaben Wunderhorn – had an enormous impact on Gustav Mahler, which is very much reflected in his work. He arranged selected pieces as songs and each of his first four symphonies (even the instrumental First) includes allusions and quotes from The Boy’s Magic Horn. The Fourth, completed in 1900, closes this chapter – a peculiar symphonic “tetralogy”, full of intertextuality and hidden agendas – by recalling in its finale the song Das himmlische Leben (The Heavenly Life), so delightful in its simplicity. This Symphony stands in stark contrast to the later Fifth (we highly recommend hearing this work for yourself on 29 and 30 April), the musical architecture of which is more traditional, the mood joyful and exuberant, and reliant on a smaller, chamber-like orchestral line-up.

Krzysztof Penderecki worked on his monumental Polish Requiem for over a quarter of a century, and each of its movements (starting from the evocative Lacrimosa, commissioned by Lech Wałęsa to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of December 1970) has become a musical epitaph for different figures and events, and at the same time a powerful synthesis of the author’s creative exploration of oratorio music, which was always very important to him.

Na koncert zaprasza PKO Bank Polski - Strategiczny Mecenas Roku Filharmonii Narodowej

Olga Pasichnyk

Born in Ukraine, Olga Pasiecznik (Pasichnyk) studied at the Kiev Conservatory and at the Music Academy in Warsaw (now: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music). In 1992, during her studies in Warsaw, she debuted at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and four years later, she appeared for the first time at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte).

Her career has encompassed more than 50 parts in operas by Monteverdi, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and of contemporary composers. She performed in the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Opéra Bastille / Palais Garnier, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional deMúsica (Madrit), Bayerische Staatsoper, Münchner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre de la Monnaie (Brussels), Theater an der Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Finnish National Opera, Flemish Opera, Suntory Hall (Tokio) and Teatr Wielki — Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

The singer has sung oratorio and symphonic works in important concert halls in nearly all countries in Europe, in the United States, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, and Australia. She has appeared alongside conductors of such stature as lvor Bolton, Andrzej Boreyko, Frans Brüggen, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Marcus Creed, René Jacobs, Dmitri Jurowski, Roy Goodman, Christopher Hogwood, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Herreweghe, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Marc Minkowski, Kazushi Ono, Andrew Parrott, Krzysztof Penderecki, Trevor Pinnock, Marcello Viotti, Antoni Wit, Massimo Zanetti. She also performs in chamber repertoire, recitals and in a duet with her sister – pianist Natalia Pasiecznik.

The artist’s discography spans over 60 CDs and DVDs, she has also made numerous recordings for radio and television.