Kraków Philharmonic Symphony Concert (online)

Friday, April 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

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  • Friday, April 16, 2021, 7:30 PM

The fourth movement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, an Adagietto (“little Adagio”) scored only for strings and harp, is an island of calm in the seething tumult of the Fifth Symphony. Its gentle sound and restrained atmosphere made this movement instantly attractive to audiences. Beginning very quietly, this music is soon full of longing: its arcing, graceful melodies unfold with a bittersweet intensity, rise gradually to a soaring climax, and finally fall back to the peaceful close.
During the summers of 1884 and 1885, Johannes Brahms composed his Symphony No. 4, working secretly in Mürzzuschlag, a quiet Austrian town of in the Alps, as was his usual practice. Despite the beautiful surroundings and his widespread success (he was generally regarded as Germany’s greatest living composer), the work that emerged would be one of the darkest symphonies in the repertoire. At the same time, it is also a work of profound depth that many critics regard as his greatest masterpiece.

Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra
Rafał Janiak – conductor

Gustav Mahler Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 cin C sharp minor
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98

The concert broadcast on Kraków Philharmonic YouTube channel.

Photo: Mürzzuschlag around 1900 on a postcard

Kraków Philharmonic Hall

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Besides their weekly symphony concerts, the Kraków Philharmonic also organises master recitals and educational concerts for children and young people.

The Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Hall in Kraków was the first philharmonic to open in Poland after the Second World War. Besides the weekly symphony concerts, it organises master recitals and educational concerts for children and young people, while the summer meetings with music assume the form of chamber concerts of slightly lighter character. A hallmark of the Kraków Philharmonic repertoire is its programme of oratorios, which the Philharmonic can present thanks to its extensive and varied lineup: the orchestra, mixed choir, and boys choir. The Kraków Philharmonic has become recognised for its promotion of the works of Karol Szymanowski in Poland and abroad.

The Philharmonic Hall frequently hosts concerts by special guests, for example, at major festivals.

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