Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Judith van Wanroij, photo: archiwum artystki

Karol Kurpiński, a composer, conductor and impresario active during the early decades of the nineteenth century, left us piano music and orchestra works, a Clarinet Concerto that still holds its place in the repertoire, and a ‘military’ symphony devoted to the Battle of Borodino. Yet he saw his main calling to be the composing of (now forgotten) operas. The overture to one of them, the particularly popular The Charlatan, will remind us of this important strand to the work of the conductor and director of opera at the National Theatre.


The titular ‘eroe’ of Beethoven’s Third Symphony is not a specific figure, but an idea, while the music symbolises the universal message of good and beauty, love and self-sacrifice, that recurs in the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus (a motif from which is quoted in the Symphony’s finale), the opera Fidelio and the Ninth Symphony. This work adheres to a Classical design, but it also abounds in formal innovations; for listeners at the time, most controversial of all were the monumental scale of the Symphony and the power of its musical expression: pathos, passion, mighty sounds and dramatic contrasts.

Piotr Maculewicz


Michał Klauza

A graduate of Ryszard Dudek’s symphonic and operatic conducting class at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music (now: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) and of Ilya Musin’s postgraduate class at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire in St Petersburg. Since 2015, he has been Artistic Director of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw. From 2013 to 2015, he was music director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok, and from 2009 to 2015, second conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice. He has been conductor and deputy music director of the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff (2004–2008). In December 2011, he conducted a concert version of Karol Szymanowski’s Krol Roger [King Roger] at the National Opera of Ukraine in Kyiv, prepared as the final event in the Foreign Cultural Programme of the Polish Presidency of the European Union Council.

He has worked with numerous orchestras at home and abroad. He has appeared in France, Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Armenia, Korea and countries of the Persian Gulf. He has worked with the Baltic Opera, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, Teatr Wielki in Poznań and Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw (1998–2003), where in 2019 he prepared and conducted the Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten’s opera Billy Budd.

His artistic achievements include recordings for radio and television, with, among many, the first studio recording of Szymanowski’s operetta Loteria na mężow [Lottery for Husbands] with the NOSPR, released by Polish Radio and nominated for the Fryderyk awards (2019). His discography includes Szymanowski’s opera Hagith (Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, Fryderyk 2020 award in the category Album of the Year – Oratorio and Opera Music), symphonic works by Henryk Wars, Stanisław Moniuszko’s Masses and music by Polish composers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In May 2002, he recorded Szymanowski’s King Roger with the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. Since 2020, he has worked in the Symphonic and Operatic Conducting Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.