Opening of the 2022/2023 Concert Season Filharmonia Narodowa

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Opening of the 2022/2023 Concert Season
Andrzej Boreyko, photo: Michał Zagórny

Gustav Mahler completed his Second Symphony, furnished with the subtitle ‘Resurrection’, in 1894. Three years later, he converted to Catholicism and decided to be baptised, which allowed him to become director of the Vienna Opera. Mahler’s Second Symphony constitutes a musical treatise of religion, life and death, the promise of resurrection, and a God who is not enclosed within a particular confession and to whom every human being is journeying. In this five-movement masterwork, he traces the vertical trajectory of human existence. He also provides suitable contrasts and ensures the listener of moments of respite between movements of an intense musical charge. In the monumental vocal-instrumental finale, he forges a suggestive vision of the final judgment, but that is not the work’s point of gravity. The apocalyptic melody of Dies irae gives way to the brightness of the resurrection, earlier presaged in the alto song ‘Urlicht’ (‘Pre-light’). The a cappella choir ends the work with the words ‘I shall die in order to live!’ You are invited to follow this compositional vision, which fascinates listeners irrespective of their religious worldview, by Andrzej Boreyko and the Warsaw Philharmonic ensembles in the concert inaugurating the new season.

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek

The Warsaw Philharmonic Strategic Patron of the Year – PKO Bank Polski – warmly welcomes you to join us in this concert

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.