Symphonic Concert Filharmonia Narodowa

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Symphonic Concert
Hannu Lintu, fot. Veikko Kähkönen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

we would like to kindly inform you that due to her illness, Baiba Skride will not perform in the symphony concerts on 24 and 25 February 2023. The solo part in the Carl Nielsen’s Violin Concerto op. 33 will be performed by Johan Dalene.


The symphonic poem Don Juan was penned by the twenty-four-year-old Richard Strauss. It was the first in a series of nine programme symphonic works, based on the musical form developed by Berlioz and Liszt. The impulse and poetic inspiration here comes from a poem by the Romantic Austrian poet Nikolaus Lenau, selected stanzas of which Strauss placed in his score. Rather than depicting a cynical seducer, they symbolise the joy of life and are full of youthful enthusiasm and unrestrained passion. The first performance of Strauss’ work took place in Weimar on 11 November 1889, under the composer’s baton, and brought him great and lasting success.

Ludwik Erhardt


Carl Nielsen found work on his Violin Concerto, Op. 33 a far from easy task. Dedicated to the Hungarian violinist Emil Telmányi, the composer’s son-in-law, the piece was completed in 1911. Nielsen began his work on it in the summer, when he visited the Troldhaugen estate in Bergen at the invitation of Nina Grieg (the widow of Norway’s most famous composer). In his desire to achieve a “supreme unity,” combining “a popular and spectacular and yet not superficial content that is emotionally charged,” the composer departed from the traditional three-movement form. The work’s demanding material is divided into two parts: each opens with a slow introduction and an extended solo part, followed by the main passage at a faster tempo, which is a full-fledged dialogue between virtuosity and orchestral pathos.

Composed in 2023, Ivan Vrublevskyi’s Moment of Silence, dedicated to the victims of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, will be performed for the first time by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra on the first anniversary of the military attack. The monometer character of the piece, whose entire rhythmic plan is subordinated to a single rhythmic value, invites reflection, and evokes associations with the ever faster beating of a wounded heart.

Jan Lech


With the 1883 brawls surrounding the first performance of his Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 still fresh in his memory, Brahms chose Meiningen, a small town in central Germany, at the time famous for its excellent theatre and fine orchestra, led by Hans von Bülow, to be the birthplace of his Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98. Performed on 25 October 1885, the Fourth won the hearts of the audience, who demanded an encore of the third movement (Allegro giocoso), a passage with an unusual structure, in that it lacks a trio, i.e. a contrasting middle section. The Finale, on the other hand, takes the form of a passacaglia with thirty-two variations, the theme of which is taken from Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150, which has prompted numerous interpreters to ponder the obscure question of the composer’s religiosity.

Ludwik Erhardt

The Warsaw Philharmonic Patron of the Year – PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna – warmly welcomes you to join us in this concert

Hannu Lintu

With a “scrupulous ear for instrumental color and blend” (Washington Post) and “a distinctive dynamism” (Baltimore Sun), Hannu Lintu continues his tenure as Chief Conductor of Finnish National Opera and Ballet. The appointment followed a series of hugely successful collaborations with the company including Jean Sibelius’s Kullervo, Op. 7 in 2017, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck in 2019, and Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in 2020, reflecting the artist’s shifting focus into the field of opera.

In the 2023/2024 season, Hannu Lintu will also take up the baton as Chief Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra after a series of critically-acclaimed appearances with this ensemble.

Guest highlights of the 2022/2023 season include Hannu Lintu’s highly anticipated debut with New York Philharmonic and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, his recent engagements include debuts with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Radio France, and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin.

Hannu Lintu has made several recordings for Ondine, BIS, Naxos, Avie and Hyperion, receiving several accolades for his recordings, including two International Classical Music Awards and nominations for Gramophone and Grammy awards. Highlights from his discography include Béla Bartók’s Violin Concertos with Christian Tetzlaff (2019), Magnus Lindberg’s Related Rocks with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Kaivos, and the violin concertos of Sibelius and Thomas Adès with Augustin Hadelich and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.