Kraków Philharmonic Oratorio Concert

Friday, January 14, 2022, 7:30 PM

  • Friday, January 14, 2022, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 15, 2022, 6:00 PM

The Kraków Philharmoni presents: Mendelssohn and his Romantic symohonies! We will hear symphony-cantata Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) in B flat major, posthumously named Symphony No. 2, composed to mark the celebrations in Leipzig of the supposed 400th anniversary of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg. The second part of the Mendelssohn evening is taken by his Symphony No. 5, known as the Reformation. It was supposed to be a part of the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the Reformation. However, the composer completed it too late for the Augsburg commission to recognize the symphony for the celebrations. On the top of that Mendelssohn remained dissatisfied with the work and did not allow publication of the score. It was not performed again until 1868, more than 20 years after the composer's death. Fortunately, the work finally made its way to the concert programmes!
The concert will be led by Kraków Philharmonic’s 2021/2022 season first guest conductor Łukasz Borowicz.

Felix Mendelssohn:
- Symphony No. 2 in B flat major Op. 52 “Lobgesang”
- Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 107 “Reformation”

Katarzyna Hołysz – soprano I 
Marta Boberska – soprano II 
Rafał Bartmiński – tenor 
Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Piotr Piwko
– choirmaster
Łukasz Borowicz – conductor 

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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