KHACHATURIAN | TCHAIKOVSKY
16 October 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio, Warsaw
Łukasz Długosz | flute
Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk | conductor
Aram Khachaturian – Flute Concerto in D Minor (arr. by J.-P. Rampal)
Pyotr Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 in H Minor, Op. 74 “Pathetique”
Łukasz Długosz – photo Dorota Bodnar; Jacek Mirosław Błaszczyk – photo archiwum Artysty
In his music, Aram Khachaturian, the most famous Armenian composer, combined post-Romantic and classicising elements with interestingly stylised Armenian folk music. Its themes are clearly heard in Flute Concerto in D Minor composed in 1940, dedicated to David Oistrakh, who performed it for the first time with his own cadence. But why are we mentioning it? Because the beauty and popularity of the piece made the great French flutist, Jean-Pierre Rampal, want to include it in his repertoire. In 1968, Rampal made his own arrangement of the piece, which the author approved. During the concert, Jean-Pierre Rampal’s version will be performed by Łukasz Długosz, one of the most versatile and highly-regarded flutists of his generation. The artist often performs together with our orchestra, presenting astounding and exceptionally original pieces for flute.
Due to its expressive aura, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, probably as no other symphony in the history of music, deserved the name “Tragique”, as Modest Tchaikovsky, the composer’s brother and confidant, suggested. Pyotr, however, preferred his second suggestion and right after the premiere, he added the subtitle “Pathetique”, suggested by his brother, to the score. The composer died nine days after the premiere of the piece, most probably due to an acute cholera attack. He did not leave any programme or commentary to the symphony, but his confidants, such as his brother Modest or nephew Vladimir Davydov, called Bob, whom the composer had a special connection with (the symphony is dedicated to him), suggested that such a programme might have existed in the form of a musical allegory of the author’s biography. All we can do is guess and, primarily, delight upon the piece characterised by great expression, the piece that is Romantic to the bone, filled with exaltation and unconventional elements.
The concert will be conducted by Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, a long-term director (1998–2018) of the Silesian Philharmonic, artistic director and juror of the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors in Katowice. He has cooperated with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra for many years as an artistic director and is currently a member of its Arts Council. [pmac]