WESOŁOWSKI | CHAUSSON | FRANÇAIX
25 March 2023, 7 p.m.
Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw
Wojciech Niedziółka | violin
Agata Piątek | clarinet
Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
Norbert Twórczyński | conductor
Adam Wesołowski – Chants of Angels for String Orchestra
Ernest Chausson – Poéme, op. 25
Jean Françaix – Clarinet Concerto
Adam Wesołowski – Dance of the Heavenly Spheres for Symphony Orchestra
Norbert Twórczyński – photo Aleksandra Rybak; Agata Piątek – photo Radosław Kaźmierczak; Wojciech Niedziółka – photo Łukasz Król
The works of the French Romantic Ernest Chausson, who has nowadays faded into obscurity, stand out thanks to their originality and the subtlety of colours and moods. He himself admitted that he had created slowly and with much criticism towards his pieces; thus, when the great violinist Eugène Ysaÿe asked him to compose a concerto, Chausson refused, as he did feel up to the task – instead, he offered to create something lighter, leading to the creation of the subtle Poème op. 25 (later developed in several versions) which in time became his most notorious, and most loved by both violinists and listeners, piece. It will be performed by Wojciech Niedziółka, recognised as the best Polish participant of the 16th Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition. He graduated from the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex no. 4 in Warsaw in Professor Łukasz Błaszczyk’s class, with whom he is continuing his studies at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Univeristy of Music in Łódź. The young artist has won multiple competitions and performed in a variety of prestigious halls, accompanied by excellent orchestras and musicians. He is also a participant of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage scholarship programme “Młoda Polska”.
Unlike the not-so-numerous Chausson’s opus, the legacy of Jean Françaix is impressively abundant, although in Poland (or generally speaking – outside of France) it is rarely remembered. The revered composer, whose life lasted through almost the entire 20th century, practised every musical genre while staying true to the neoclassical spirit. The first performer of his Clarinet Concerto was Jacques Lancelot in 1968. The author himself jokingly compared this brilliant and humorous piece to “aeronautic acrobatics”, pointing out the bravado and difficulty of the fast parts and high breath requirements in the lyrical Andantino. In the solo part, we will hear Agata Piątek whose performance is the reward of Mr Piotr Milwiw-Baron the Director of Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra for winning the 13th Michał Spisak International Music Competition organised by the city of Dąbrowa Górnicza, the Pałac Kultury Zagłębia, and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. The laureate graduated from that same academy in the clarinet class of Professor Arkadiusz Adamski. She has so far received over 30 awards in various competitions. She has given concerts in many renowned locations in Poland and abroad, e.g. in Carnegie Hall in New York or in Konserthus in Stockholm, with many exquisite orchestras. In 2018, she recorded an album with the piece Concerto Grosso no. 2 for 5 clarinets and Krzysztof Penderecki’s orchestra (DUX) together with Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.
Adam Wesołowski is a composer, conductor, pianist, music theoretician, and culture manager, a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in the composing class of Edward Bogusławski and Aleksander Lasoń as well as in the piano class of Wojciech Świtała. He studied music theory there too. He is the director of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic and the director of the Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki International Festival. His piece Śpiew Aniołów (Chants of angels), first performed in 2021, is abundant with ambiguous symbolism alluding to the angels of love, light, and flame – the Seraphs who adore God himself who is Light – this feature of the Creator is what the piece tries to present using “luminous” sounds which enrapture in euphony. The strings play in a texture reminiscent of a choir (the orchestra is also vocal!), and the duration is equal to the time it takes the light of the sun to reach our planet. The symbolism of Taniec Sfer Niebieskich (Dance of the Heavenly Spheres), composed for Mikołaj Kopernik’s 550th birthday, is equally profound and erudite. The sound name sol is both the Latin name for the sun – the focal point of the heliocentric theory and the tone of the piece. In the intervals, 1543, i.e. the year when Kopernik’s epochal treaty was published, is coded; the modes symbolise the astronomer’s spiritual state; and the “therapeutic” dance – tarantelli – motifs symbolise his medical profession.
Norbert Twórczyński, the concert’s conductor, has been the head of the Orchestra of Sinfonia Iuventus since the 2022/2023 artistic season. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznań in the field of symphonic and opera conducting and from the Academy of Arts in Szczecin (musical education – specialising in choir conducting). A winner of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage award for students of artistic universities for outstanding artistic achievements. He was an assistant conductor in the two biggest musical institutions in Szczecin: The Castle Opera (2012-2016) and the M. Karłowicz Philharmonic (2017-2021). He has performed with many renowned orchestras in Poland and abroad.
Standard price of the tickets: 35 zł/1 seat
Reduced price of the tickets: 25 zł/ 1 seat
• students, students before 26, pensioners and the persons after 70,
• students of the schools of music and ballet as well as the students of the universities of music and musicology departments
Organiser: Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
The organiser reserves the right to change the programme or the performers of the concert