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09 December 2022
Szczecin
(Poland)
 

Symphonic concert
Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz - Filharmonia Szczecin


Program Info:
Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Łukasz Borowicz, conductor
Chamber choir of the Academy of Art in Szczecin
Barbara Halec - choir preparation

One of his most valuable recordings is undoubtedly the complete set of all violin concertos by Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969) (with soloist Joanna Kurkowicz) and it is this piece by this outstanding Polish composer that will be heard this evening first. Bacewicz was composing at the same time as, for example, Witold Lutosławski, and the world admired her also as an extremely talented violinist. Although initially she created in the neoclassical spirit, her music later became much more expressive, bold and transcending traditional forms. Musica sinfonica in tre movimenti for great symphony orchestra, which we will hear in the first part of the evening, was written at the same time as Witold Lutosławski began working on his Symphony No. 2, i.e. in 1965. The composer decided to depart from the classical, four-part symphonic cycle. Stanisław Kisielewski, one of the most distinguished Polish music critics, did not hide his surprise but also delight with this completely different piece by Bacewicz. In 1965, he wrote in Ruch Muzyczny: “Everything is different here: the traditional themes or motifs have been abandoned in favour of completely differently conducted and entangled instrumental lines, the texture and orchestration is completely new, extremely enriched, varied, archly colored and fascinating orchestration. "

In the second part of the evening we will hear the extraordinary Symphony No. 7 Antarctica by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). This British composer, known to the general public as the author of The Lark Ascending, has been at the top of the prestigious classic FM radio hit list for 11 years, ahead of Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff . He is the creator of eleven operas, nine concerts, as many as symphonies, we will play the seventh for you, the so-called "Antarctic". The work is based on the music to the Scott of Antarctic from 1949. It is an excellent example of Williams' masterful instrumentation, enriched with a female choir and soprano part (in the first and last movements). Various percussion instruments also play an important role here. The piece shows the turbulent, changing waters of Antarctica.

Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 7 Antarctica
Grażyna Bacewicz - Symphonic music in three movements


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