Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Veriko Tchumburidze, photo: artist's archive

This evening’s programme opens with a work by the Ukrainian composer Victoria Polevá – Nova. The winner of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2016, Veriko Tchumburidze, will be performing Antonín Dvořák’s Violin Concerto in A minor, a work that delights the listener with its Romantic expression, melodiousness, rhythmic temperament and striking virtuosity, showcasing the soloist’s all-round ability.

Ferenc Liszt’s symphonic poem Les préludes (1854) is not a typical example of the genre in the Hungarian composer’s oeuvre – primarily because its literary programme (a poem by Alphonse de Lamartine) was added after the fact. Les préludes consists of a diverse set of attractively sounding tableaux integrated by a lively dramatic thread and displaying a wonderful mastery of orchestration.

Paul Kletzki’s Capriccio, Op. 24 (1931) is an important work in the composer’s oeuvre, in which he relinquished a key signature and employed his own unique type of ‘posttonal tonality’. Wilhelm Furtwängler wanted to perform this work at the Berlin Philharmonic, but it was ‘snatched from the rostrum’ and destroyed. Some 90 years later, Andrzej Wendland arranged the score and the orchestral parts. The Capriccio is the latest in a series of works by Kletzki plucked from oblivion by Andrzej Boreyko and added to the concert repertoire.

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek, Andrzej Wendland

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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.