Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music – a new series of concerts in the Orchestra’s home at 272 Grochowska Street starts this Wednesday, 3 January. The first of seven scheduled events features the Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet, made up of the Orchestra’s concert masters and leaders. We will hear music by Krzysztof Penderecki, and by two composers of the young generation: Jan Stokłosa and Andrzej Kwieciński.
Composed by the artistic director of Sinfonia Varsovia, Quintetto per archi is the composer’s own arrangement of one of his most personal statements, the String Quartet No. 3 “Pages of an Unwritten Diary”. The work echoes with the sounds of melodies that were close to Krzysztof Penderecki, such as the Hutsulian kolomyjka, played in the composer’s home by his father, as well as references to his own works which, in a new sonic environment, take on an exceptional air of self-reflection.
The Sinfonia Varsovia String Quintet has been appreciated not only by audiences and critics, but also by composers. Jan Stokłosa wrote The Elements especially with the ensemble in mind. In the words of the composer himself, the four elements are the composition’s central theme, with air being the narrator, leading listeners on a musical journey through earth, water and fire.
Umbrae is the first official opus written by Andrzej Kwieciński, laureate of the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Helsinki (2014). Although the composer has undergone a marked musical evolution since having written this work, as he says, Umbrae is the first composition in which there is nothing he would like to change. Kwieciński presents a very individual outlook on spectral music, linked with a fascination with the paintings of Jackson Pollock. This combination provides for an exceptionally expressive musical image which, even though completely abstract, captures the listener’s attention from the very first to the last note, thanks to a finely planned structure of the work.
In upcoming concerts of the series, the organisers will present a very broad look on Polish chamber music written after 1918. Works for various ensembles will be played, from violin and piano duet, to reed trio, string quartet and wind quintet.
Admission to all concerts is free.
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