Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Sharon Kam, photo: Nancy Horowitz

The dazzlingly virtuosic Clarinet Concerto in F minor by the 25-year-old Carl Maria von Weber, Classical in form but pre-Romantic in expression, is among the fabulous fruits of the composer’s collaboration with outstanding virtuosos. In this case, it was Heinrich Bärmann, the most prominent clarinettist of his day, who inspired many new works dedicated to him (and also composed his own).

From his incidental music to Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt (1876), Edvard Grieg put together two concert suites (1888, 1891), selecting for each of them four distinctive orchestral miniatures. Those from the first suite in particular became ‘hits’, familiar not just in concert halls, but also from their frequent use in other contexts, including film.

To mark the 65th anniversary of the death of Jean Sibelius, we will be hearing his Fifth Symphony, the composition of which was also linked to an anniversary – the Finnish master’s 50th birthday, in 1915. That was an initiative from the government of Finland, which wished to express with its commission the esteem in which the nation held one of its greatest sons. The first version of this symphony, although faithful to a neoromantic idiom, includes tentative innovations in form and sound, which were tempered through successive revisions.

Piotr Maculewicz



Martijn Dendievel

Belgian conductor Martijn Dendievel is Associate Conductor of Flanders Symphony Orchestra. He is the winner of the first edition of the German Conductors’ Award in 2021 organised by Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. In that same year, he also won the first Conductors’ Academy of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and became a laureate of the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition. From 2016 to 2020 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Akademisches Orchester der Universität Halle- -Wittenberg and is supported by the Forum Dirigieren of Deutscher Musikrat as a “Maestro von Morgen”.

The conductor regularly appears with orchestras such as South Netherlands Philharmonic, Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Hofer Symphoniker, amongst others. In recent years he has conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

After taking his first musical steps on the violin, he switched to cello and also learned percussion and harpsichord. He gained orchestral experience as a timpanist and cellist in various youth orchestras. At the age of 14 he was admitted to the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in music theory with distinction. In July 2022, Martijn Dendievel finished his master’s degree in orchestral conducting with Nicolás Pasquet and Ekhart Wycik at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar. He attended masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Paavo Järvi, Christian Thielemann, Iván Fischer and Simone Young.