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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Polish Contemporary Music across Europe with Friends

Repertoire

Gorecki
Three Pieces in Old Style
Lutoslawski
Cello Concerto
Maxwell Davies
Overture, ‘St. Francis of Assisi’ (London premiere)
Szymanowski
Violin Concerto No. 2

Performers

Christopher Austin
director
Jakob Kullberg
cello
Giovanni Guzzo
violin

Szymanowski, Lutosławski and Górecki were prominent Polish composers. Gorecki’s Three Pieces in Old Style of 1963 use ancient musical idioms; the contemplative outer movements sandwiching a dance which conjures up the Renaissance. Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto was written for Mstislav Rostropovich, the soloist’s music at once fiendishly demanding and emotionally powerful.

Premièred in 2009, Peter Maxwell Davies’ Overture, ‘St. Francis of Assisi’ delivers a heady cocktail of haunting plainsong and orchestral fireworks. We close with Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2, a work characterised by Polish folk music and featuring an infinitely inventive solo violin line.

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Promoted by:
in association with the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
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