It must be in the air or something
While a Music in Exile festival starts in New York this November, the 11th Festival of the Polish Radio opens today and this year’s theme is… guess what? Yep, emigre musicians!
There’ll be a concert each evening at 19:00 (again, that’s CEST/UTC+2), Wednesday to Sunday, and, obviously enough, each concert will be transmitted by Polish Radio Channel 2 – you can listen online via the live stream.
The program of the festival can be found here, but it’s in Polish so I’m giving a rough overview in English below. I’m especially looking forward to the chamber concert on Friday, since several of the pieces are rarities (Ludomir Różycki and Antoni Szałowski are performed and recorded much less often than they deserve). The Plowright might be interesting too – who knows, maybe a live performance of the Stojowski (here’s another link) Piano Concerto will convince me that it is as good as many people say it is (I have the CD – here’s an enthusiastic review – but somehow it hasn’t grabbed me). But it’s the Henryk Wars Symphony, also to be performed at that concert, that really has my anticipation – his “serious” compositions are only being dicovered, I heard his Piano Concerto last year and it was very nice (though a bit on the short side).
Wednesday, 1st Oct.
Feliks Janiewicz – VC no. 2 in E Major
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann – Symphony in E flat Major
Korngold – Symphony in F sharp Major op. 40
Albrecht Breuninger, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw/Łukasz Borowicz
Thursday, 2nd Oct.
“Chopin the Sarmatist“
Zespół Polski (The Polish Ensemble): Maria Pomianowska, Małgorzata Szarlik, Marta Maślanka, Robert Siwak, Bartłomiej Pałyga; guests from Iran: Mohammad Rasuli, Roozbeh Asadian
Friday, 3rd Oct.
Ludomir Różycki – String Quartet in D Minor op. 49
Bohuslav Martinů – String Quartet No. 6
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (arr. A. Bauer) – Nocturne B flat Major op. 16 no. 4 for cello and piano
Antoni Szałowski – Aria i Burlesque for cello and piano
Sergej Rakhmaninov – Cello Sonata in G Minor op. 19
Saturday, 4th Oct.
“At a 19th c. salon”
Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz – 6 Valses et Polonoise op. 11 (first modern performance – the pieces haven’t been publicly performed for 170 years)
Aleksander Tansman – Hommage à Chopin: Prélude, Nocturne, Valse romantique
Jan Nepomucen Bobrowicz – Introduction, Variations et Polonoise sur un Thème original des Tiroliens op. 13 (first modern performance – the piece hasn’t been publicly performed for 170 years)
Prince Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski – opera arias (first modern performance – the pieces haven’t been publicly performed for 150 years)
Fryderyk Chopin – Variation no. 6 in E Major from Hexameron
Julian Fontana – Première fantaisie brillante sur des motifs de la Sonnambula de Bellini op.14
Fryderyk Chopin – Piano Sonata no. 2 in B flat Minor op. 35
Sunday, 5th Oct.
Zygmunt Stojowski – PC No. 2 A flat Major op. 32
Kurt Weill – Four Walt Whitman Songs
Henryk Wars – Symphony No. 1
(Note no. 1: the venue for all the concerts is the Polish Radio Concert Studio, otherwise known as the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio or… The Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio🙄😀 )
(Note no, 2: no, I do not follow New York music festivals that closely – I have Bruce Hodges to thank for that info)
(Note no. 3: another thank you goes to Tim Rutherford-Johnson, yes the Johnson, the “Rambler” fame Johnson, no, not that one, the other one – he has very kindly linked to this blog from his blog; I have been following the Rambler for quite a while and was certain until today that I had linked to it below – but it turns out I was wrong; oops, will add it now)