17.01.2019 Thurstady 19:00
Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw
The second concert in the “Resounds. New Polish Music” cycle provides a programmatic counterpoint to the other events, consisting of first performances of works commissioned by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. In January the Orchestra’s musicians will perform works written in the previous century, so as to draw a wider historical context for new Polish music and to illustrate changes that have occurred in Polish music over the past several decades.
The star of the evening will be the composer Mieczysław Weinberg, who would be 100 years old on 12 January. His Cello Concerto Op. 43 will be performed by renowned soloist and chamber musician Marcel Markowski, who is also the cello leader in the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. The programme of the concert also includes Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major Op. 70. The two men were fast friends. The third work to be performed will be Grażyna Bacewicz’s Overture for Symphony Orchestra. Thus, we will have an opportunity to hear works by composers who, like Bacewicz, formed the mainstream of music in post-war Poland and, based on the example of Weinberg and his friendship with Shostakovich, to become acquainted with histories of Polish composers who lived outside of Poland.
In order to find out more about them, please join us one hour before the concert for a meeting with our special guests. Andrei Ustinov, an expert on the music of Mieczysław Weinberg and Joanna Sendłak, writer and Grażyna Bacewicz’s grand-daughter will share with us their personal reminiscences of both composers.
The Orchestra will be conducted by Fuad Ibrahimov, principal conductor of the Neue Philharmonie München and of the Baku Chamber Orchestra, laureate of the Evgeni Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in Paris in 2018.