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14th Chopin and his Europe (Chopin i jego Europa) International Music Festival Warsaw 9-31 August 2018

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From Chopin to Paderewski


13.08 MONDAY 8.00 p.m. Polish National Opera Symphonic concert SEONG-JIN CHO piano EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA GIANANDREA NOSEDA (conductor)
This much anticipated concert began with the World Premiere of Fireworks (2018) commissioned by the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the '2018 Year of Cultural Heritage' and POLSKA 100. Composed by the multi talented Agata Zubel, it is a spectacular percussive work for very large orchestra that managed to retain a great deal of the traditional orchestral ensemble. Certainly it was brilliantly descriptive in sound of a firework display with Catherine Wheels spinning, rockets climbing into the sky to explode in a shower of stars, a veritable, glittering kaleidoscope of sound. Rhythmically this rather abstract but concrete work  had tremendous verve and vitality. I was reminded at times of Olivier Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony  in its sybaritic abandonment.
I was mu…

Warsaw Rising - 74th Anniversary- August 1st 1944 - 1700 hours

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The abandoned....


The valiant men...
This uprising must never be forgotten and will not be despite the indelible controversy surrounding it
This is a nation of truly remarkable Polish women  Independent, powerful, determined, loyal, intelligent, courageous, 
and 
beautiful...















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