Organized for the first time in Poland, the international festival Chopin Open - La Folle Journée will take place at the Great Theatre - National Opera, the National Theatre and in a concert tent at Theatre Square in Warsaw.
Attractive and unconventional form of presenting classical music, 120 concerts performed by 450 world-famous artists, an open and audience-friendly approach and excellent works of Frédéric Chopin and other great composers will make the Chopin Open Festival a remarkable event. The organizers of the unique La Folle Journée Festival want to convince the audience that classical music is approachable and accessible for everyone.
During the Festival all the concert halls in both theatres will be named after the most important persons and events from the French episode of Chopin's life. There will be Fontana Hall, Delacroix Hall, George Sand Hall, Pleyel Hall, Nohant Hall and Pianopolis Hall. The concerts will last for about 45 minutes. The audience will have the possibility of listening to unlimited number of concerts and moving freely between the festival buildings, what in fact means composing their own individual programme.
During the three days of Chopin Open Festival 120 concerts will take place, performed by 450 artists, among them 60 soloists, 15 conductors, 20 orchestras and bands from all over the world.
There will be, among others: Barbara Hendricks and Olga Pasiecznik (singers), Boris Berezovsky, Anne Queffélec, Abdel Rahman El Bacha (pianists), Pierre Hantaï (harpsichordist).
Conductors: Theodor Guschlbauer, Jacek Kaspszyk, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Marc Minkowski, Krzysztof Penderecki, George Tchitchinadze, Antoni Wit.
Choir: Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne with conductor Michel Corboz
Instrumental ensemble: Ricercar Consort with conductor Philippe Pierlot - viola da gamba
Orchestras: Orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra of the Grand Theatre - National Opera, Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus, Musica Viva.
Bands: Levity Trio and Motion Trio.
During the Chopin Open Festival all the works of Frédéric Chopin will be performed. We will hear also works of composers from Paris musical society to which Chopin belonged: rarely performed works of Kalkbrenner, Moscheles, Thalberg, Alkan and Paganini (Violin Concerto).
Works of Chopin's great contemporaries like Mendelssohn (Symphonies, Variations Serieuses, Trio), Liszt (Piano Concerto, Mephisto Waltz, Rhapsodies, Sonata) and Schumann (Symphony, Piano concerto, Trio, Overtures) and some fragments of Italian operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini.
Chopin worshipped Bach, Handel and Mozart, and Festival programme includes some of their greatest compositions like preludes and fugues from Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier and Handel's Arias.
During the concert reconstructing the programme of Chopin's funeral Mozart's Requiem will be performed. During the Festival we will present also these composers who were influenced by Chopin's work – Debussy, Skriabin, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Fauré.
"This musical world has been reconstructed in such shape as could have been proposed by Chopin himself - inviting to listen to all his compositions, but also some works of composers he knew and of those who had inspired his imagination," explains René Martin, Artistic Director of the Festival.
The Chopen Open Festival is organized by Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, the City of Warsaw, the Music Gardens Foundation, in cooperation with National Opera and National Theatre.
Artistic Director of the Festival: René Martin (C.R.E.A. Centre de réalisations et d'études artistiques).
The Festival is held under the patronage of the President of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz Waltz.
For the detailed program go to: www.chopinopen.pl
La Folle Journée is a music festival created and directed by René Martin, first held in 1995 in Nantes, France. Soon new editions of the Festival were carried out in Lisbon (2000), Bilbao (2002), Tokyo (2005), Rio de Janeiro (2007) and Warsaw (2010).
Each year the Festival focuses on a great composer (this year it is Frédéric Chopin) whose works are performed during the Festival. Musical concerts are held simultaneously at various halls, from morning until night. Each one lasts no longer than one hour (usually 45 minutes) and costs less than twenty Euros (usually less than ten). Owing to that, the Festival became very popular. For some of the listeners this is their first contact with classical music.
"They say that classical music is going through a crisis. In order to change that negative trend we need to change the way of thinking about classical music and the way of presenting it. I would like La Folle Journée to be a real feast of music, a chance for everyone, regardless of their age or social status, to meet and enjoy the music," says René Martin.
During the Festival La Folle Journée 2010 about 400 thousand listeners will listen to 700 concerts (270 in France, 60 in Bilbao, 221 in Japan, 48 in Brazil, 120 in Poland).
From the beginning of the Festival, Sinfonia Varsovia takes part in all its editions.
Source: www.chopinopen.pl, www.sinfoniavarsovia.pl.