Warsaw Chamber Opera - Armide - Jean-Baptiste Lully - 5th November 2017

Renaud et Armide by Nicolas Poussin (1629)

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

It is a rare event to see an authentic period performance of a French Baroque opera in Warsaw in modern times. Even rarer is a performance of Armide,  the last spectacle by the Italian-born French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687). The recent fraught history of Warszawska Opera Kameralna since the passing of its former Artistic Director Stefan Sutkowski makes an objective assessment an additional challenge. One must admire the fortitude in the attempt to resuscitate and renew the artistic inspiration of this company. Will the artistic traditions of this distinguished organization survive into the future?  
To properly judge the performance of such a work it is necessary to briefly examine the musical meaning of such stage productions to a seventeenth century audience which was rather different in motivation and expectation to ourselves. Under their Apollonian Sun King Louis XIV, France enjoyed an unsurpasse…

XI Darmstadt International Chopin Piano Competition 6 - 16 October 2017

1847 photo of a daguerreotype image of Fryderyk Chopin (Institut Polonais Paris)Since 1983 the Chopin-Gesellschaft in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland e.V. has been organizing Chopin piano competitions in Darmstadt which take place every  three or four years and which have in the meantime acquired the status of a high-ranking international event. Through the Chopin Competitions the Chopin-Gesellschaft wishes to honour Chopin and his music, to further young talent and to never cease searching for ways leading to the best interpretation of Chopin's music.
The competition consists of 3 rounds, the final round with orchestra. The age limit is 30 years. New in 2017 is the opportunity for improvisation in round one and the inclusion of a work by Chopin for piano and cello in the final round.
Since 2009 (with 130 applicants from 30 countries) the Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt is regarded by experts as being the most prestigious Chopin Competition after Warsaw: "... as an interna…

Chopin i jego Europa 2017 - Chopin and his Europe 2017 - Bach...Chopin

40 Concerts most using original instruments especially period pianos

Artists include:
Martha Argerich; Nelson Freire; Mikhail Pletnev; Piotr Anderszewski; Garrick Ohlsson; Nicholas Angelich; Nelson Goerner; Jan Lisiecki; Dmitri Alexeev; Yulianna Avdeeva; Howard Shelley; Gabriela Montero; Seang-Jin Cho; Yundi; Vadym Kholodenko; Philippe Giusiano; Andreas Staier; Tobias Koch; Alexei Lubimov; Alexey Zuev; Alexander Melnikov ;Kristian Bezuidenhout; Lorenzo Coppola; Olga Pashchenko; Pawel Wakarecy; Julian Rachlin; Marcin Zdunik; Jakub Jakowicz; Charles-Richard Hamelin;

Grzegorz Nowak; Jacek Kaspszyk; Gidon Kremer; Andrey Boreyko; Philippe Herreweghe; Fabio Biondi; Vaclav Luks; Gustavo Gimeno; Giovanni Antonini;

For the full list of artists (3 pages) : 

Europa Galante; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century; Collegium Vocale Ghent; Il Giardino Armonico; Collegium 1704; Freiburger Barockorchester; Kremerata Baltica; Sin…