Sisters Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik - singer and pianist, respectively - perform a special tribute concert to Frederic Chopin, recreating the character and mood of the composer’s chamber music concerts in a contemporary setting. The event marks a ceremonial end to the festivities of the Chopin Year 2010 in Warsaw…
Olga and Nataia Psiecznik. Photo courtesy of the National Philharmonic
Sisters Olga and Natalia Pasiecznik - singer and pianist, respectively - perform a special homage to Frederic Chopin, recreating the character and mood of the composer's chamber music concerts in a contemporary setting. The event marks a ceremonial end to the festivities of the Chopin Year 2010 in Warsaw
The the Twentieth Century saw the rise of a relatively "scientific" approach to concert programming, which excluded the presentation of popular works alongside classical music or original compositions placed beside their novel re-interpretations. The compelling spontaneity of concerts of centuries before ancient times got lost along with the dismissal of improvised and scandalously varied, eclectic, colourful, even chaotic sets. Such carefree and light-hearted musical pots-pourris would certainly shock contemporary audiences.
And so the programme of this unique masters' recital at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw relates to the ancient tradition presenting a large palette of original and re-arranged repertoire in a careless and intimate scenery. The set is presented just as Chopin
would perform at the salons in Paris, accompanying vocalist Paulina Viardot (who also performed the composer's Mazurkas with him at his last concert in London) or Delfina Potocka on the piano.
As George Sand would describe one of those special nights to her son:
Yesterday Chopin spoiled us with his music, flowers and debauchery. Duke and Duchess Czartoryski were there, as well as Duchess Sapieha, Delacroix, Louis Blanc... But also the d'Arpentignys, Duvernet with his wife, d'Aure etc., and finally Paulina and Viardot.
The unusual programme of the recital comes from a unique duo made up of soprano Olga Piasecznik
, with her light voice and immaculate intonation and scale, and Natalia Piasecznik, the experienced pianist and laureate of many awards including the Second Price at the 5th Scandinavian Piano Competition in Nyborg (Denmark).
The Piasecznik sisters will perform Frederic Chopin's Mazurkas for vocal and piano in arrangements composed by PaulinaViardot, as well as songs, ariettas, canzonette, romances by Ference Liszt, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Vincenzo Bellini, Gioachino Rossini and Gaetano Donizetti.
The final concert of the Chopin Year 2010 "Music Evening in Paris" at the National Philharmonic
in Warsaw is held on December 21, 2010 at 19:00.
ul. Jasna 5, 00-950 Warszawa
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