From Chopin to Scriabin
concerts: recitals, chamber and symphonic concerts; great performers,
well-known and little-known masterpieces of European music from Bach to
Mahler. Classical music hits: Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski,
Rachmaninov, Paderewski, Sibelius and Elgar in masterful renditions;
Polish music from Chopin, Ogiński, Dobrzyński, Kurpiński, Szymanowska,
Wolff and Lipiński, to world premières of pieces by Andrzej Czajkowski
and Paweł Szymański.
This year’s edition, following the model of previous years, will take an open-minded and curious look at the 19th century
to get a feel for its legacy and the role played in it by the
Festival’s patron. It will not, however, pass over earlier the artists
out of whose work Romanticism grew, not infrequently seeing them as its
models. It will also introduce us to the œuvre of later composers
– heirs of the Romantic tradition. As has also become a tradition, it
will also highlight the significance of the jubilees which the whole
musical world is observing this year: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander
Scriabin and Jean Sibelius.
the performers who will be appearing are orchestras from Moscow,
London, Freiburg and Warsaw; Chopin Competition winners, including those
who triumphed at its most recent edition; but also other musicians of
great international renown, such as Alexandre Tharaud, Sergej Krylov,
Louis Lortie, Nelson Freire, Andreas Staier, Nikolai Lugansky, Jan
Lisiecki, Ivo Pogorelić, Truls Mørk, Matthias Goerne, Sol Gabetta and
sensational Apollon Musagète quartet will appear; also planned are two
concerts by Tobias Koch – a pianist who has won music lovers’ hearts
with his interpretations of Polish music. And this time, he will perform
music from Chopin’s era on at least three different pianos, not
forgetting, as well, about Michał Kleofas Ogiński – a distinguished
artist of great significance to at least three different nations.
can consider as sensational both the concerts of the Russian National
Orchestra conducted by Mikhail Pletnev – which will perform, among other
works, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s ‘Polish’ Symphony, Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto in D minor and Mieczysław Karłowicz’s ‘Rebirth’ Symphony
– and the appearances of one of Europe’s best orchestras: the London
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, who will lead
the ensemble in Elgar’s Polonia, Sibelius’ Symphony no. 2 and Paderewski’s Piano Concerto
with soloist Dang Thai Son (the 1980 winner of the Chopin Competition),
who will play a piano that once belonged to the composer.
doubt, the culminating points of the Festival will include such events
as Philippe Giusiano’s performance of Dobrzyński’s Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’; Matthias Goerne’s vocal recital with Piotr Anderszewski; the Freiburger Barockorchester’s appearance with Telemann’s Concerto Polonaise in B-flat major,
along with three Bach concerti, one of which we will hear on a piano
from Chopin’s time; and a recital by Sol Gabetta, the winner of an award
for her wonderful recording of Chopin’s ’Cello Sonata in G minor, who will be playing at the Chopin and His Europe Festival for the first time.
promises to be equally sensational is the grand finale concert, during
which three contrasting styles of pianistic interpretation will be
juxtaposed: in the course of one evening with the Warsaw Philharmonic
conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk, we will hear Yulianna Avdeeva, Ingolf
Wunder and Krzysztof Jabłoński.
edition of the Festival, subtitled ‘Before the Great Competition’, will
also present in a special manner the Polish participants in the world’s
most important Chopin competition, which will begin on 1 October and feature Martha Argerich: from 17 to 26 August, there will be an hour-long Chopin recital daily at 10:00 PM
at the Holy Cross Basilica. The young pianists will play in the
presence of Chopin’s heart on an original period piano: an 1855 Erard.
Labels: International Music Festival, Poland, Warsaw