Violinist Piotr Pławner performs Emil Młynarski’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11, with the Polish Radio Orchestra, directed by Kaspar Zehnder. Apart from Młynarski’s concerto, the programme also features Arthur Furer’s ‘Caeciliana’ (1986-87), Czesław Marek’s ‘Quatre méditations’ (1913) and Arthur Honegger’s Fourth Symphony (1946)...
Piotr Pławner photographed by Krzysztof Żuczkowski
Violinist Piotr Pławner performs Emil Młynarski's Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11, with the Polish Radio Orchestra, directed by Kaspar Zehnder
Apart from Młynarski
's concerto, the programme also features Arthur Furer's ‘Caeciliana' (1986-87), Czesław Marek's ‘Quatre méditations' (1913) and Arthur Honegger's Fourth Symphony (1946).
Conductor, violinist, teacher and composer, Młynarski (1870-1935) played an important role in the formation of the Warsaw Philharmonic. In 1919 he was made director of Warsaw's music conservatoire (the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music), where he taught conducting as well as directing numerous chamber groups and symphony orchestras.
While actively promoting new music in Poland, Młynarski's own compositional style is more traditional, even academic, but with interesting usage of instrumentation. His ‘Polonia' Symphony in F and the Second Violin Concerto in D, Op. 16 are noteworthy examples within his oeuvre.
The first of his two violin concertos (Op. 11 in D minor, written around 1897) is influenced both in form and style by Brahms's own violin concerto. However, despite winning one of the five awards at the Jan Paderewski Composer Competition in 1898, Młynarski's First Violin Concerto has not stood the test of time in the concert repertory. Its performance in Warsaw therefore affords a rather rare opportunity to hear this underperformed work.
The concert of Młynarski's First Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 11 takes place at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio on the 20th of February, 2011 at 19:30. The concert is also broadcast live on Polish Radio Two.
Source: Polish Radio