In February and April 2020, the Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre) will host two concerts by the London Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the project 'London Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Polish Composers'.
On 28 February at 7:30pm at the Royal Festival Hall at the Southbank Centre, the London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) conducted by Osmo Vänskä will perform Krzysztof Penderecki’s Ciaccona in Memoriam Giovanni Paolo II (namely, Karol Wojtyła) and George Enescu’s Symphony No. 1. Along with pianist Jeremy Denk, they will also perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4. The concert is part of the 2020 Vision series featuring works by composers who have been recognised as the most prominent in the last two decades – in the 21st century. This title has been conferred on Krzysztof Penderecki, among others.
Ciaccona in Memoriam Giovanni Paolo II is the final part of the Polish Requiem that Penderecki worked on for over twenty years. The composer’s idea was to dedicate each movement to people or events related to Polish history. According to Jan Popis, the Ciaconna is a dignified and moving, 'emotionally brightening' piece, while Penderecki touches in it emotional spheres that previously figured less in his music. It is composed with true mastery, its 'expressive arch' approaching the works of Chopin.
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The 25 April concert will feature Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra. The LPO will be conducted by Edward Gardner, who can be considered an ambassador of Lutosławski’s music. The conductor has made numerous recordings of Lutosławski for the Chandos label and often includes Polish works in his concerts. He currently conducts the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, and will become the LPO’s Principal Conductor in 2021. Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra is among the best pieces of Polish music and it also holds an important place in the symphonic repertoire. The event starts at 7:30pm at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre.
Witold Lutosławski - a classic of XXth-century music
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Witold Lutosławski, photo: from Irena Jarosińska's 'Pismo Obrazkowe' (Picture Book)
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The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is co-organising the concerts within the framework of the Polska Music programme.
The official carrier of the concert is LOT Polish Airlines.