Joseph Haydn: Complete Symphonies

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 PM

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 6:00 AM
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, June 21, 2018, 8:00 PM
  • Monday, September 3, 2018, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 27, 2018, 8:00 PM
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During the second half of the 18th century, the symphony became the most important genre of orchestral music, while Haydn – having been perfecting it for over four decades – can be credited with having led its crystallisation and development from late-Baroque roots to mature Classicism. But why Haydn so extreme? As Capella Cracoviensis explains, the idea came from a universal desire to play music, to return to works which shaped our culture, and to perform and finesse art. And it’s even more powerful than that: the ensemble aims to perform all of Haydn’s symphonies – a mere 108 compositions! – by 2023.

The symphonic adventure kicks off on 10 May at the Kraków Philharmonic, with the ensemble – led by Jan Tomasz Adamus, also playing pianoforte – performing works numbered 1 to 5 in the Hoboken catalogue. The next three compositions fill the entire Saturday 19 May: Symphony No. 6, popularly nicknamed “The Morning”, resounds at 6am at the Church of St Benedict, followed by “Midday” (No. 7) and “Evening” (No. 8) at noon and 8pm, respectively, at Cricoteka. The musicians are led by concertmaster Robert Bachara. On 22 May, Haydn’s symphonies (Nos. 9-12) return to the Philharmonic, where Capella Cracoviensis will be joined by the eminent violinist Jorge Jiménez. We will hear three more instalments of Haydn extreme later this year, on 21 June and 3 and 27 September. (Barbara Skowrońska)

10 May 2018, 7pm
Kraków Philharmonic

Symphony No. 1 in D major
Symphony No. 2 in C major
Symphony No. 3 in G major
• • •
František Xaver Dušek Parthia
Symphony No. 4 in D major
Symphony No. 5 in A major

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Jan Tomasz Adamus – conductor & pianoforte

Tickets: PLN 30/20

19 May 2018, 6am
St Benedict Church

String Quartet in B flat major Op. 76 No. 4 “Sunrise”
Symphony No. 6 in D major “Le matin”

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Robert Bachara – concertmaster & lead

admission free!

19 May 2018, noon
Cricoteka

Georg Philipp Telemann Ouverture in F major
Symphony No. 7 in C major “Le midi”

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Robert Bachara – concertmaster & lead

Tickets: PLN 30/20 (valid for both concerts on 19 May at Cricoteka)

19 May 2018, 8pm
Cricoteka

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quintet in C major K. 515
Symphony No. 8 in G major “Le soir”

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Robert Bachara – concertmaster & lead

Tickets: PLN 30/20 (valid for both concerts on 19 May at Cricoteka)

22 May 2018, 7pm
Kraków Philharmonic

Symphony No. 10 in D major
Divertimento in E major

Symphony No. 11 in E flat major
• • •
Symphony No. 9 in C major
Divertimento in E flat major

Symphony No. 12 in E major

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Jorge Jiménez – concertmaster & lead

Tickets: PLN 30/20

21 June 2018, 8pm
St Catherine’s Church

String Concerto in C major
Symphony No. 15 in D major
• • •
Symphony No. 14 in A major
Symphony No. 13 in D major

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Alessandro Moccia – concertmaster & lead

Tickets: PLN 30/20

3 September 2018, 7pm
Kraków Philharmonic

Symphony No. 16 in B flat major
Symphony No. 17 in F major
Symphony No. 18 in G major

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Agnieszka Świątkowska – concertmaster & lead

Tickets: PLN 30/20

27 September 2018, 8pm
Kraków Philharmonic

Symphony No. 19 in D major
Symphony No. 20 in C major
Anton Webern: Langsamer Satz (1905)
Symphony No. 21 in A major

Capella Cracoviensis on period instruments
Alessandro Moccia – concertmaster & lead

Tickets: PLN 30/20

Church of St Catherine and St Margaret

ul. Augustiańska 7

Here, local history is perfectly intertwined with that of the nation: its heyday and tragedies, highs and lows. From its earliest days – intermittently, though – St Catherine’s Church has been in the care of the Augustinian Order.

The church owes its origin to fairly dramatic circumstances, a tale that includes lechery, crime, a curse, and royal penance. The soft spot King Casimir the Great (Kazimierz Wielki) had for the fairer sex was denounced by the Bishop of Kraków, Jan Bodzanta, who sent his envoy in the person of the cathedral vicar, Marcin Baryczka to admonish the king about the matter. The enraged monarch had the messenger drowned in an ice-hole in the Vistula. Repenting his deed, the king later turned to Pope Clement VI to lift the anathema. The Holy Father absolved him and ordered an appropriate penance: the construction of a number of churches, including that of St Catherine and St Margaret in Kraków in the place where the body of the drowned priest surfaced. This is how the bishop’s curse indirectly contributed not only to Kraków but also to Polish sacred architecture.

The King entrusted the construction of the Gothic church (around 1343) to the Augustinian Order, which has retained custody of the building to this day. Although the construction was never finished (originally, the edifice was to be 12.5 m (41 ft) longer, the planned towers were never fully built, nor has the façade been finished), earthquakes destroyed, among others, the roof and ceiling of the chancel, and floods and fires raged in the church, it has retained its magnificent Gothic character. Adjacent to the south is a porch and the Chapel of St Monica (mother of St Augustine) in what was to be the ground floor of one of the towers, doubling as a place of prayer of the Augustinian nuns from the convent on the other side of Skałeczna Street. The covered walkway that connects the two structures provides a characteristically picturesque accent.

The process of restoring the church, terminated after the third partition of Poland and designed among others for military storehouses, began in the mid-19th century, and – with only short breaks – continues into our times.

Linked to St Catherine’s is the story of a Kraków monk, Isaiah (Izajasz) Boner. Allegedly, the power of this servant of God (the process of his beatification is still far from completed) is capable of unmasking women of easy virtue. For it so happened that when the “shameless wenches” visiting the grave of Isaiah stood on the slab of his grave, a tremor ran through it, which is how the saint disclosed their profession.

In our times, members of the congregation visiting the church on the 22nd day of each month are often seen carrying a rose that they lay down by the sculpture and relics of St Rita, the patron saint of hopeless cases, for whom a rose would always blossom (even in winter) in the garden of the Convent of the Augustinian Nuns in Cascia, bringing relief from suffering and illness.

Be sure to see:

  • late-renaissance tomb of Spytek Jordan in northern aisle
  • spacious cloisters with 15th and 16th-century paintings and epitaphs
  • Our Lady of Consolation, a 16th century mural, one of Poland’s oldest miraculous images of the Blessed Virgin (the chapel in the cloister)

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