Symphonic Concert. In Memory of Maestro Kazimierz Kord on 1st anniversary of his death Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert. In Memory of Maestro Kazimierz Kord on 1st anniversary of his death
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Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 was written in the border town of Zarudzie during the First World War. It was a moment when the composer still recalled his awe at the beauty of the Mediterranean landscape and the magnificence of Italian culture, but now found himself engulfed in a historical storm that would soon annihilate the idyllic world of his youth. The works penned at that time reflect a kind of escapism towards the lands of sublime musical sensuality. In a letter to Stefan Spiess, Szymanowski declared “...I am very content with the whole thing – again some new notes, and at the same time a return to old ones. The whole is absolutely fantastic and unexpected”. The brilliant concerto marks the creative apogee of that period and critics and listeners alike still enthuse over the originality of its form and texture, the subtlety of its sound, and its unusual, oneiric aura.

1901 was a special year for Gustav Mahler. The charismatic conductor and composer, who had both devoted admirers and ardent critics, was at the peak of his creative powers as director of the Vienna State Opera. Unbearable stress and overwork had triggered a crisis in Mahler’s health, leading him to spend his summer holiday in a villa by the picturesque Wörthersee in Carinthia. This sensitive man who had come close to death felt a growing urge to put his thoughts and experiences in writing – it was at this time that he penned two harrowing works: Kindertotenlieder and the first fragments of his Fifth Symphony, which began with a funeral march pregnant with tragedy and pathos. The third movement in this powerful work is Adagietto, scored for string ensemble and harp only. This relatively short section captivates the listener with its mood of bliss, seraphic calm, and euphony, and at the same time is teeming with emotion, resembling in its musical gestures a declamatory arioso. This astonishing and delightful piece has also become a symphonic miniature, eagerly performed as a stand-alone piece. Willem Mengelberg recalled that this episode echoed the love that Mahler bestowed upon his future wife, Alma Schindler, in the crucial year of 1901. The popularity of Adagietto grew even more after it featured in Visconti’s famous film Death in Venice (1971).

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Andrzej Boreyko

The 2022/2023 season is Andrzej Boreyko’s fourth as Music and Artistic Director of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also open the season of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi at the Teatro alla Scala as their resident director in September 2022.

Highlights of previous seasons have included major tours with the Warsaw Philharmonic to Spain, with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia to Germany and the Filarmonica della Scala (to the Ljubljana, Rheingau, Gstaad and Grafenegg festivals). Guest engagements from recent seasons have included the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Sinfonica Nazionale RAI, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-orchester Berlin, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Sydney, Toronto, Seattle, Minnesota, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras, and Chicago, Dallas and Detroit symphony orchestras. In 2019, he conducted the Cleveland Orchestra.

He will return to the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra, with which he will appear at the Budapest Palace of Arts.

Other orchestras he has worked with include the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Wiener Symphoniker, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Royal Concertgebouw, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Rotterdam Philharmonic.

As an advocate for contemporary music, Andrzej Boreyko continues to record world premieres with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, most recently the music of Paul Kletzki, Jan Adam Maklakiewicz, Giya Kancheli and André Tchaikowsky.

Previous appointments include Music Director positions at the Jenaer Philharmonie, Hamburger Symphoniker, Berner Symphonieorchester, Dusseldorf Symphoniker, Winnipeg Symphony, Belgian National Orchestra and Naples Philharmonic.