19th Festival of Polish Music

Saturday, July 1, 2023, 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, July 1, 2023, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 8, 2023, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 14, 2023, 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 16, 2023, 4:30 PM
  • Friday, July 21, 2023, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 22, 2023, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, July 28, 2023, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, July 29, 2023, 7:00 PM

The 19th instalment of the Festival of Polish Music is coming soon! Five July weekends will warm us not only with the summer weather, but also with the best music from Polish composers from the 16th to the 20th centuries and some world masterpieces – all performed by a line-up of excellent artists.

The inauguration concert will bringFerenc Liszt's Sa,ve Regina from the oratorio Saint Stanislaus interpreted by the Sinfonietta Cracovia orchestra  and Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concert No. 1 in E minor by Hungarian virtuoso János Balázs.

The next concert will be filled with works by Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski (on the 150th death anniversary of the artist), Stanisław Moniuszko, Henryk Wieniawski, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The early music will be reppresented by compositions of Sylvius Leopold Weiss, a Baroque lute master connected to the Sobieski family. We will also celebrate excellent artists: harpsichord player Elżbieta Stefańska and organist Jaroslava Tůma.

We will hear music ranging from early to contemporary, works known the world over and those still waiting to be discovered, expansive vocal and instrumental compositions and chamber music and duets… But the diverse repertoire has a white-and-red common denominator. Because this festival hasn’t been created to argue that Chopin is better than Liszt, Moniuszko more interesting than Smetana and Szymanowski more important than Vaughan Williams. Its organisers simply show that Polish music is fascinating and worth listening to.

1 July 2023, 7pm
Academy of Fine Arts
Ferenc Liszt Salve Polonia (arr. K. Słowiński)
Fryderyk Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 e-moll Op. 11
Béla Bartók Divertimento for string orchestra
Mieczysław Karłowicz Serenade Op. 2
János Balázs, piano
Sinfonietta Cracovia
Maciej Tworek
, conductor
Concert organized in co-operation with the Cziffra Festival, Budapest

8 July 2023, 7pm
Church of St Catherine Basilica of the Hiloest Heart of Jesus (Jesuit Basilica)
Concert on the 150th anniversary of the death of Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski
Stanisław Moniuszko Requiem in G minor
Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski Missa in F
Monika Świostek, soprano
Ewa Menaszek, alto
Stanisław Napierała, tenor
Michał Janicki, baritone
Wawel Cathedral Mixed Choir
Marcin Armański, organ
Andrzej Korzeniowski, conductor

14 July 2023, 7pm
Kraków Philharmonic, Golden Hall
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Sonata in A minor for violin and piano Op. 13
Henryk Wieniawski Variation on an Original Theme Op. 15
Witold Lutosławski Subito
Karol Szymanowski Sonata in D minor for violin and piano Op. 9
Dayoon You, violin
Grzegorz Skrobiński, piano

16 July 2023, 4:30pm
Church of St Martin
Silvius Leopold Weiss – Lute Master at the Service of the Sobieski Family
Silvius Leopold Weiss

  • Overture in C minor**
  • Suite in G minor (Prelude, Allemande, Passepied, Bourée, Sarabande, Gigue, Ciaccona)


  • Suite in C major (Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Presto)
  • Siciliana & Presto in C minor*
  • Suite in A minor “L'Infidele" (Entrée, Courante, Musette, Menuet, Sarabande, Païsanne)
  • Ciaccona in A major*

Luteduo Plus:
Anna Kowalska
, Baroque lute
Anton Birula, Baroque lute
Alisa Birula, organ*

21 July 2023, 7pm
Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University
Festum Iuventus – Festival of the Young
Karol Kurpiński Polonaise in D minor
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Menuetto in G major Op. 14 No. 1
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Sarabanda in B minor Op. 14 No. 2
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Melody in G flat major Op. 16 No. 2
Fryderyk Chopin Mazurkas Op. 24
Mieczysław Karłowicz Waltz in G major
Fryderyk Chopin Ballade in F minor Op. 52
Fryderyk Chopin Sonata in B flat minor Op. 35
Viet Trung Nguyen
, piano

22 July 2023, 7pm
Church of St Martin
Acroama magistrorum – Virtuoso Recital: Elżbieta Stefańska
5 Renaissance Polish dances: Dance, Jeszcze Marcinie (Tablature of Jan of Lublin), Polish Dance (Tablature of Mateusz Waisselius), Volta Polonica, Good Polish Dance (Tablature of Christian Loeffelholz)
Old Polish Polonaise
Old Polish Engangement Ceremony
Bazyli Bohdanowicz

  • Polonaise in D major
  • Kościuszko Polonaise
  • Podróż twoja nam niemiła

Michał Kleofas Ogiński

  • 3 polonaises: in F minor, in A minor, in D minor
  • 3 mazurkas: in G major, in A major, in D major
  • Polonaise in G major for 3 hands**
  • Polonaise in G major for 4 hands**

Józef Elsner Rondo à la krakowiak (transcription for 4 hands)*
George Frideric Handel Chaconne in G major
Antonio Soler Fandango
Arcangelo Corelli La Folia (transcription for 4 hands)*
Stefańska, harpsichord
Mariko Kato-Shioya, harpsichord**

28 July 2023, 7pm
Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Acroama magistrorum – Virtuoso Recital: Jaroslav Tůma
Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Prelude in A minor BWV 569
  • Trio super „Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr“ BWV 664

Tablature of Jan of Lublin, selection
Jaroslav Tůma Improvisation on themes from the Tablature of Jan of Lublin
August Freyer Concert-Fantasie Op. 1
Mieczysław Surzyński

  • Trio in E flat major 21 No. 1
  • Trio in F minor 21 No. 3

Feliks Nowowiejski

  • Introduction to the Cholare „Witaj Królowo” 9 No. 4
  • Prelude on the Kyrie theme from Missa XI (Orbis factor) 9 No. 3

Adam Václav Michna The Czech Lute: Hymn
Jaroslav Tůma Perpetuum mobile
Bedřich Antonín Wiedermann
Toccata and Fugue in F minor
Jaroslav Tůma, organ

29 July 2023, 7pm
Nowa Huta Cultural Centre
Opera Gala

Stanisław Moniuszko Overture (Paria)
Stanisław Moniuszko Recitativo and Romance of Neala (Paria)
Władysław Żeleński Aria of Janek (Janek)
Stanisław Moniuszko Aria of the Countess (The Countess)
Stanisław Moniuszko Recitativo and Aria of Stefan (The Haunted Manor)
Roman Statkowski Scene and Aria of Philaenis (Philaenis)
Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski Overture (Pierre de Medicis)
Feliks Nowowiejski Aria of Doman (The Baltic Legend)
Stanisław Moniuszko Overture (Halka)
Stanisław Moniuszko Recitativo and Aria of Halka (Halka)
Stanisław Moniuszko Duet of Halka and Jontek (Halka)
Stanisław Moniuszko Highlander Dances (Halka)
Izabela Matuła, soprano
Stanisław Napierała, tenor
Sinfonietta Cracovia
Maja Metelska-Räsänen
, conductor

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