Showing posts from 2019

VI Arthur Rubinstein Piano Festival, Łódź , Poland 14-19 October 2019

I am here for only the last two days of this festival. How I regret not coming for the entire unique event! Considering the world eminence of the pianist and his pre-eminence in his matchless interpretation of the music of Chopin, the neglect of this festival is scarcely understandable. 
The highly cultured and legendary Arthur Rubinstein was born in Łódź in 1887.  This great Polish patriot was honored throughout the planet, as a pianist and immortal musician - and continues to be so honored. 
An intensely nostalgic attraction of this festival is the presence of his daughter, the brilliant photographer, Eva Rubinstein (there is a concurrent exhibition in the city of many of her eloquent photographs). Quite apart from the charm and culturally elevated civilization of another age that she brings to the festival, her very presence has recreated the metaphysical spirit of Rubinstein in his birthplace. Such a unique phenomenon. Being taken around the extraordinary museum rooms devoted to his…

Warsaw Philharmonic Inaugural Concert 2019/2020 Season, October 5th 2019

There was an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation in the full to capacity Warsaw Philharmonic this evening, the second concert in the official public 'debut' this season of the Music and Artistic Director Andrzej Boreyko.  He has a long distinguished relationship with the orchestra dating back to 2007. As Artistic Director of the orchestra, he will conduct not only during their subscription series in Warsaw, but he will also participate in all the main Polish Festivals (for example Chopin and his Europe, the Warsaw Autumn International Festival of Contemporary Music and the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival). This was his first subscription concert as Artistic Director and this season he will also tour to Japan with the orchestra. 
Andrzej Boreyko - conductor Ewa Vesin - soprano Piotr Anderszewski - fortepian Bartosz Michalowski - Choirmaster
Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
The concert opened with the Veni Creator Op. 57(1930) of Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937…


Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) Print by Jean Baptiste Adolphe Lafosse (1810-1879); publlié par l'Editeur J.K. Wilczyński (1850)/ public domain; source: Biblioteka Narodowa

Michael Moran will be covering this competition in his customary detailed manner 

but using this website link

Official website of the Competition

Around Józef Elsner Warsaw, 6-8 September 2019

Friday, 6 September, 7:00 pm
The Royal Castle – Great Hall
Plac Zamkowy 4

Józef Elsner – A Pole by Choice
The piano used in these concerts was a 1843 Broadwood 
Józef Elsner (1769-1854) was not only a composer and teacher of Chopin but founded the Warsaw Conservatory not long after the first European music Conservatory, the Conservatoire National de Musique, was founded in Paris. He contributed an inestimable amount to the growth and development of music in Poland as part of a more general education at the Main School of Music, a part of the Warsaw University. Elsner was a respected composer of opera and chamber music, grounded in the classical Germanic musical tradition through his studies as a young man in Breslau (Wroclaw) and Vienna. Most interestingly he was deeply influenced by the educational methods of the Swiss Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. He treated education as the planting and growth of a 'seed' that developed organically within the student. This was Elsner's attitud…

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

And so another fine edition of Chopin and His Europe (Chopin i jego Europa) concludes with a concert that was rather inspiring and certainly expressing optimistic signs for the future of orchestral music in Warsaw. Many fine concerts ahead!

01.09.19 Sunday 20:00 Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall Symphonic Concert Performers Alena Baeva violin Andrey Boreyko conductor Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra Program Witold Lutosławski Symphonic Variations
Probably, there are many works that can be indicated is symbolic final of the interwar period in music. However, perhaps the Symphonic Variations by Witold Lutosławski deserves a special place. The composer created this orchestral firework in 1936 and we can hear references to Szymanowski’s music in it. I was sonically overwhelmed by this performance and am constantly astonished at the vivid musical imagination, the scope of his sound palette, the range of emotional expression and sheer grandeur of this g…