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


Olga Pasiecznik

Born in Ukraine, Olga Pasiecznik (Pasichnyk) studied at the Kiev Conservatory and at the Music Academy in Warsaw (now: Fryderyk Chopin University of Music). In 1992, during her studies in Warsaw, she debuted at the Warsaw Chamber Opera and four years later, she appeared for the first time at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (as Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte).

Her career has encompassed more than 50 parts in operas by Monteverdi, Gluck, Handel, Mozart, Weber, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and of contemporary composers. She performed in the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Opéra Bastille / Palais Garnier, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Komische Oper Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Teatro Real, Auditorio Nacional deMúsica (Madrit), Bayerische Staatsoper, Münchner Philharmonie, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Théâtre de la Monnaie (Brussels), Theater an der Wien, Bregenzer Festspiele, Grand Théâtre de Geneve, Finnish National Opera, Flemish Opera, Suntory Hall (Tokio) and Teatr Wielki — Polish National Opera in Warsaw.

The singer has sung oratorio and symphonic works in important concert halls in nearly all countries in Europe, in the United States, Canada, China, Israel, Japan, and Australia. She has appeared alongside conductors of such stature as lvor Bolton, Andrzej Boreyko, Frans Brüggen, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Marcus Creed, René Jacobs, Dmitri Jurowski, Roy Goodman, Christopher Hogwood, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Herreweghe, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Marc Minkowski, Kazushi Ono, Andrew Parrott, Krzysztof Penderecki, Trevor Pinnock, Marcello Viotti, Antoni Wit, Massimo Zanetti. She also performs in chamber repertoire, recitals and in a duet with her sister – pianist Natalia Pasiecznik.

The artist’s discography spans over 60 CDs and DVDs, she has also made numerous recordings for radio and television.