Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Olga Pasiecznik, photo: Andrzej Świetlik

One of the most important Ukrainian composers, Borys Lyatoshynsky, wrote his symphonic poem Grazhyna exactly on the centenary of the death of the Polish bard Adam Mickiewicz. Lyatoshynsky helped to develop modern Ukrainian music, creating his own composition school. Grazhyna is a programme work deeply rooted – like all his music – in the national tradition.

Henri Dutilleux’s Métaboles for orchestra was first performed in 1965. Dutilleux, a long-time friend of Witold Lutosławski, dedicated this work to George Szell, head of the famous Cleveland Orchestra, on its 40th anniversary.

Olga Pasichnyk and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Vincent Kozlovsky will be presenting another French work: Chants d’Auvergne (‘Songs from Auvergne’), written during the 1920s by the composer and music ethnographer Joseph Canteloube. These songs from the Auvergne region collected together and arranged for voice and orchestra display charming melodic beauty and are deservedly popular.

Till Eulenspiegel – a wandering jester and plebeian scoffer from German mediaeval folk tales – became the hero of one of Richard Strauss’s grand poems. This is the only decidedly comical work in his symphonic output, boasting dazzling orchestral colours and bold musical narrative.

Urszula Ciołkiewicz-Latek

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Vincent Kozlovsky

Vincent Kozlovsky is one of the leading conductors of the younger generation, known for his exuberant and deeply moving interpretations. Patricia Kopatchinskaja described him as “an extremely precise, expressive, and intelligent artist who is full of ideas, and with whom she could perform on the world’s greatest stages”.

In the 2021/2022 concert season, he performed, among other collaborations, alongside the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice in the opening concert of the 64th Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music, as well as with the Symphony Orchestra of the Miroslav Skoryk Lviv National Philharmonic in the final performance of the Contrasts International Festival of Contemporary Music in Lviv. He has worked regularly with the latter ensemble since 2017 and is also a guest conductor of the Lviv National Opera (the Solomiya Krushelnytska Lviv State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet).

He is a PhD student of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, where he graduated with honours in symphonic and opera conducting from the class of Paweł Przytocki. He also studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi di Milano with Vittorio Parisi, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and attended numerous international conducting master classes.

The conductor’s extensive repertoire includes symphonies, oratorios and operas from various eras – ranging from the Baroque right through to modernity. Vincent Kozlovsky is involved in various educational and charitable projects. He is also a composer.

 

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