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

The Warsaw Philharmonic Sponsor of the Year – TAVEX – warmly welcomes you to join us in this concert

Gabriel Czopka

Born in 1986 in Wrocław, Gabriel Czopka began playing the French horn at the age of 16 under the tutelage of his father Czesław Czopka at the Stanisław Moniuszko Primary and Secondary School of Music in Wałbrzych (diploma in 2005). In 2011, he completed his studies under Adam Wolny at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. As a student he also honed his musicianship in Jacek Muzyk’s class in Buffalo.

In 2009, he joined the Wrocław Philharmonic as a French horn player. He subsequently became first French hornist of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and since 2010, has been a soloist at the Warsaw Philharmonic. In addition, in the 2015/2016 concert season, he was contracted as a French horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the Hornet Quartet, with which he has given concerts and appeared in festivals in both Poland and abroad. He teaches individual music classes, including at the CORNO Brass Music Festival in Zielona Góra, which is the largest festival of its kind in this part of Europe.