15th Chopin and His Europe Festival (Festiwalu Chopin i jego Europa) Warsaw, Poland 14 August - 1 September 2019 (1)

From Chopin to Moniuszko
All Photos Wojciech Grzedzinski

19.08.19 Monday 20:00 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall Symphonic Concert Performers Tomasz Ritter period piano
Masaaki Suzuki conductor Bach Collegium Japan
In Leipzig during the extraordinary Ring of Bach Cantatas 8–10 June 2018, I wrote of Maasaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan:
'The orchestral ensemble under Maasaki Suzuki was simply superb, extraordinarily refined and elegant. [...] The Bach Collegium again gave us superb ensemble in both choir and orchestra with perfect intonation it seemed to me (although I only possess good relative pitch). The subtly inflected and contrasting emotional melodic lines were eloquently expressed. In emotional moods both piteous and sometimes splenetic, the opposition of Bach’s archaic and ‘modern’ styles was finely accomplished. I found the passionate restraint of this entire cantata ‘Ring’ concert most affecting.'
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Overture to the Opera Don Giovanni KV 527

I was keenly …