Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Paul Goodwin, photo: Carmel Bach Festival

Beethoven wrote his Fourth Symphony in 1806 – the same year in which the world also heard his Fourth Piano Concerto, Razumovsky quartets and Violin Concerto. After completing ‘Eroica’, the composer set about writing his Fifth, but he broke off work on that monumental composition, and his summer holiday in Upper Silesia gave rise to a symphony that embodied the ideal of sérénité, closer in a sense to the spirit of Haydn and Mozart. The Fourth is an unerringly delightful moment of symphonic respite between its mighty neighbours.

The First Concerto for Horn and Orchestra by the 19-year-old Richard Strauss, the son of a distinguished French horn player, is one of the young composer’s first works for a solo instrument, and it immediately found a place in the French horn repertoire, at the same time attesting to the development of the composition technique and musical language of the future composer of the Alpine Symphony.

The ‘quasi-Classical’ programme of this concert led by Paul Goodwin is completed by an orchestral suite from Jean-Philippe Rameau’s last music tragedy, Les Boréades, from 1763. Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, this work had to wait more than 200 years for its first performance. The eighteenth-century score displays beguilingly subtle orchestration, charming dance rhythms and tone painting that is discernible to contemporary listeners as well.

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek

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Paul Goodwin

He is renowned for his historically informed interpretations of music of all periods, his wide repertoire and his interest in contemporary music. He has a great passion for incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world and creating unusual and dynamic programs. For 11 years (2010‑2021) he was Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California and now Principal Guest Conductor of Capella Aquileia in Germany and Director of Historical Performance (Société Générale Historically Informed Practice Programme) at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Paul Goodwins's conducting has taken him from the BBC Symphony and Royal Scottish National Orchestras in the UK to the San Francisco and Philadelphia Orchestras in the US; he also worked with Belgian National Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin and Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

In opera, his successes have included Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Royal Danish Opera, Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Benjamin Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid and George Frederic Handel’s oratorio Jephta at the Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

For 11 years (1996‑2007) he was the Associate Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music with whom he toured extensively, his recordings nominated for Grammy and Gramophone awards. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra for 6 years, working with Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires and Mstislav Rostropovich.

His many recordings have a strong following on Spotify with his most popular track, Sospiri, Op. 70 by Edward Elgar listened to more than 10 million times. There are 23 of his albums available at: open.spotify.com/artist.

In 2007, he was awarded the Handel Honorary Prize of the City of Halle (Saale) in recognition of his extraordinary services to Handel performance.

In 2021, a Music Fellowship was created in his honour at the California State University Monterey Bay, USA.

In 2022, he was presented with an Honorary Plaque by Queen Sofia of Spain for his work in historical performance practice.

 

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