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; Sinfonia Varsovia; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Culture Orchestra; Orchestra of the Beethoven Academy; Belcea Quartet; Apollon Musagete Quartett;

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Swiss physicist Alain Kohler said he found this 1847 photo of a daguerreotype image of Fryderyk Chopin in the private collection of a musician in Switzerland. It's believed to be only the second confirmed photographic image of the composer. (Institut Polonais Paris) [Courtesy of CBC News 20 January 2017]

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The theme of this festival is singularly appropriate to Fryderyk Chopin. He admired Bach above all other composers save Mozart. In his teaching he insisted that pupils studied J.S.Bach's Suites and individual Preludes and Fugues from the "48" of  Das Wohltemperirte Clavier. Chopin told his pupil Madame Camille Dubois at her last meeting with him to 'toujours travailler Bach - ce sera votre meilleur moyen de progresser' [always practise Bach - this will be your best way of making progress]. Bach himself always emphasized cantabile playing as essential as did Chopin after him. The importance of singing was essential to both composers - Bach in his Cantatas and Masses and Chopin in opera. There are certainly stylistic links between Chopin and the Baroque aesthetic which is not always obvious in modern performances. Even Chopin's legato fingering suggestions to pupils reflects his skill as an organist. When asked how he prepared for concerts by Wilhelm von Lenz the composer replied 'For a fortnight I shut myself up and play Bach. That's my preparation. I don't practise my own compositions.'

The 2017 program has been released by the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute. The Artistic Director of the festival, Stanisław Leszczyński, has excelled himself in assembling with his customary persuasive brilliance an absolutely spectacular array of the finest international artists for us this year in an extended festival lasting almost three weeks. I am rendered almost breathless by the depth, quality and variety of this particular festival.

If you are wondering whether to come to Warsaw for the Chopin i jego Europa [Chopin and His Europe] Festival do not hesitate. Book your air fare and buy tickets. The city is so beautiful in summer and crammed with fascinating history relating not only to Chopin but to many of the seminal events of the entire twentieth century...superb exploratory days to spend before the concerts.

Festival Program Link

I expect to review many if not most of the concerts in this remarkable festival

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