Music on the Royal Route
Sunday, July 2, 2017, 6:00 PM
St Martin's Church
ul. Grodzka 58
With its plain facade and austere, unornamented interior, this particular church inclines one to...
You can almost see Wawel Hill from the Church of St Martin on Grodzka Street. The Baroque Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession is renowned for its stunning acoustics, making it the perfect venue for the Lutheran Festival of Chamber and Organ Music Music on the Royal Route. The event celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, so there will be plenty of music by Protestant composers such as Bach, Handel and Telemann (performed by the early music trio Ars Concordiae and during the Evening for Four Hands and one organ). The repertoire also features Vivaldi, Mozart and Albinoni: we will hear their compositions during the concert by the young string orchestra Arco Cracovia, accompanied by Arkadiusz Bialic on organ, inaugurating the cycle. The festival abounds with music for organ, serving as proof that the instrument is about far more than sacral and liturgical music. During the evening Organ Underground, Julian Gołosz combines the organ with electronics and intertwines Bach’s masterpieces with his own compositions. Karol Białas presents organ improvisation on the themes from film soundtracks, while Filip Presseisen illustrates Fritz Lang’s silent cinema classic Metropolis with a live accompaniment on theatre organ. Music on the Royal Route resounds on all Sundays in July and August. (Barbara Skowrońska)
2 July 2017, 6pm
Arco Cracovia Chamber String Orchestra
Arkadiusz Bialic (organ)
A. Vivaldi Concerto No. 2 in G minor “Summer” RV 315
T. Albinoni Adagio in G minor for strings and organ
J.S. Bach Aria from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
G.F. Handel Organ Concerto in G minor Op. 4 No. 1 HWV 289
W.A. Mozart Serenade for string orchestra in G major No. 13 KV 525 “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” (selection)
J. Rutter Suite for strings
9 July 2017, 6pm
Between Classicism and Baroque
Ars Concordiae: Joanna Walczak (Baroque violin), Jerzy Walczak (Baroque cello), Tomasz Głuchowski (harpsichord)
in programme: J.S. Bach and sons, G.F. Handel, J. Haydn, G.Ph. Telemann
16 July 2017, 6pm
Tomasz Ślusarczyk (Baroque trumpet)
Piotr Rojek (organ)
J. Clarke Sonata in D major
G.F. Handel Water Piece
G. Jacchini Sonatain D major
23 July 2017, 6pm
Magic of Silent Movies
Metropolis (1927), dir. F. Lang, screening of the film with live improvised music
Filip Presseisen (theatre organ)
30 July 2017, 6pm
Qarte String Quartet:
Jadwiga Bialic (violin)
Magdalena Kamińska (violin)
Katarzyna Książek (viola)
Dagmara Książek-Lisicka (cello)
in programme: music from the soundtracks
6 August 2017, 6pm
Evening for Four Hands
Jakub Woszczalski / Krzysztof Musiał (organ)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532 (perf. Jakub Woszczalski)
Feliks Nowowiejski Preludium Adoremus Op. 31 No. 2 (perf. Jakub Woszczalski
Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart Fantasia in F minor KV 608 for four hands
Charles-Marie Widor Cantilène from Symphony No. 10 “Romane” (perf. Krzysztof Musiał)
Gustav Adolf Merkel Sonata in D minor for four hands Op. 30
Joseph Reveyron Anamnèse for four hands
13 August 2017, 6pm
Cracow Guitar Quartet:
Michael Praetorius Four Dances from Terpsichore
Luigi Boccherini Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major G. 448
Leo Brouwer Cuban Landscape with Rain
Modest Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Celso Machado Brasilian Dances
20 August 2017, 6pm
Julian Gołosz (organ, electronics)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 539
Julian Gołosz Church Music #1
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532
Julian Gołosz Church Music #2
Johann Sebastian Bach Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582
27 August 2017, 6pm
Karol Białas (organ)
in programme: organ improvisations on film music themes
St Martin's Church
ul. Grodzka 58
With its plain facade and austere, unornamented interior, this particular church inclines one to sink into reflection and prayer.
A baroque church was built in the 17th century for the Order of Discalced Carmelite Sisters and replaced an earlier, Romanesque one. Its diminutive size is rumoured to have been the result of a protest of the neighbouring Order of Poor Clares (operated by St Andrew’s) afraid that a greater structure would cast too much shadow over their estate.
Since the beginning of the 19th century, the church has remained in the hands of the Kraków Evangelical Church of the Augsburg Confession. The furnishing of the church, as required in Protestantism, is more than modest. The altar is graced by a painting of Christ Silencing a Storm by Henryk Siemiradzki, a leading representative of Polish academism. The Gothic crucifix (from 1380, one of the oldest depictions of crucified Christ in Kraków) hangs high above the altar. Transferred from the previous church, it is recognised as a miraculous object, and a legend endures of Christ speaking to one of the Carmelite Sisters. Leading to the church is a portal with a Latin inscription reading Frustra vivit, qui nemini prodest (In vain lives he who helps no one).
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