The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra will perform in Prague on 18th May 2018, during the 73rd edition of the Prague Spring music festival.
The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (WPO) will perform during the 73rd edition of the Mezinárodní Hudební Festival Pražské Jaro, led by Jacek Kaspszyk. This will be the sceond concert by the WPO as part of Poland’s celebrations for the centenary of regaining independence. In March 2018, the orchestra performed Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony no. 4 at the La Seine Musicale in Paris.
The concert in Prague will focus of the life and music of Karol Szymanowski. The virtuoso Boris Brovtsyn will play his Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2 Op. 61. In it, Szymanowski processes themes characteristic of traditional music in an imaginative, yet disciplined way, creating a separate, distinctive style, incomparable to any other music of the time.
The concerto premiered on 6th October 1933 at the Warsaw Philharmonic. It would not have even been created if not for the insistence of the Polish composer and violinist Paweł Kochański. The premiere was Kochański’s last public performance, as he fell ill and passed away soon after.
Szymanowski's work has always been well received in the Czech Republic. It was in 1935, at the National Theatere in Prague (Národni Divadlo) that the world premiere of the opera Harnasie took place. Three years earlier, in 1932, the same theatre staged King Roger – Szymanowski’s statement to Czech Radio at the time is the only recording of the composer’s voice preserved to this day.
During the concert in Prague, the audience will have the opportunity to hear the world premiere of a new piece by Czech composer Michał Najtek entitled Ultramarine. The WPO will perform it yet again in September during the next edition of the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music.
The programme will include:
• Michał Nejtek – Ultramarine
• Karol Szymanowski – Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2 Op. 61
• Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 4
The project is organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multiannual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2021.
Source: press materials, compiled by the Culture.pl team, translated by NR, Apr 2018