Szymanowski / Poland / World Festival 2023

Sunday, September 3, 2023, 6:00 PM

  • Sunday, September 3, 2023, 6:00 PM
  • Friday, September 15, 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, September 16, 2023, 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, September 24, 2023, 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 30, 2023, 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Friday, October 6, 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 7, 2023, 6:00 PM

Karol Szymanowski’s life included elements typical of that of a Polish intellectual living at the turn of the 20th century: growing up at a country estate, a solid education first at home and then at several academies and universities, extensive travel around Europe including obligatory trips to Italy, and many meetings with famous personalities of the era. But what sets him apart from thousands of others is his extraordinary musical talent, making Szymanowski – alongside Fryderyk Chopin – one of the most important Polish composers of all time.
His music resounds regularly in concert halls and is especially appreciated during the festival Szymanowski/Poland/World organised by the Kraków Philharmonic to commemorate its patron. in its foutyh instalment, the stage welcomes among the others the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester under the baton of Jurek Dybał, pianists Kate Liu and Piotr Sałajczyk, flutist Łukasz Długosz, the Polish Cello Quartet and conductor Paul Goodwin. The programme of the festival emphasizes also important musical anniversaries: the 90th birth anniversary of Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, as well as the 80th birth jubilee of Krzysztof Meyer.

3 September 2023, 6pm
Prologue of the Szymanowski / Poland / World Festival

Stuttgarter Kammerorchester
Jurek Dybał
– conductor
Valentin Silvestrov Elegy for strings
Karol Szymanowski String Quartet No. 2 Op. 56 (arr. for string orchestra by Richard Tognetti)
Krzysztof Penderecki Sinfonietta No. 3 Leaves from an Unwritten Diary”
Johannes Brahms Symphony for strings Op. 111 (based on String Quartet Op. 111, arr. by the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester) 
Tickets: PLN 30-70

15 September 2023, 7:30pm
16 September 2023, 6pm

Inauguration of the 79th artistic season of the Kraków Philharmonic
Inauguration of the Szymanowski / Poland / World Festival
Iwona Hossa – soprano
Anna Lubańska – mezzo-soprano
Rafał Bartmiński – tenor
Piotr Nowacki – bass
Tymoteusz Bies – piano
Krakwów Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Piotr Piwko – choirmaster
Alexander Humala – conductor
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Three Dances Op. 34 for orchestra
Karol Szymanowski Symphony No. 4 “Concertante” Op. 60
Krzysztof Penderecki Te Deum 
Tickets: PLN 30-70

24 September 2023, 6pm

Kate Liu – piano
Karol Szymanowski Mazurkas Op. 50 No. 1, 2, 3
Maurice Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin
Robert Schumann Études symphoniques Op. 13

30 September 2023, 6pm
80th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Krzysztof Meyer
Piotr Sałajczyk – piano
Krakwów Philharmonic Orchestra
Antoni Wit – conductor
Karol Szymanowski Nocturne and Tarantella Op. 28 (arr. by G. Fitelberg)
Krzysztof Meyer Koncert for piano and orchestra Op. 46
Krzysztof Meyer Polish Symphony Op. 57
Tickets: PLN 30-70

3 October 2023, 7:30pm
Polish Cello Quartet:
Tomasz Daroch – cello
Wojciech Fudal – cello
Krzysztof Karpeta – cello
Adam Krzeszowiec – cello
Karol Szymanowski Preludes for piano Op. 1 (arr. for cello quartet, selection)
Fryderyk Chopin

  • Mazurka in F major Op. 68 No. 3 (arr. by S. Meck)
  • Mazurka in A minor Op. 17 No. 4 (arr. by P. Moss)
  • Waltz in B minor Op. 69 No. 2 (arr. by L. Kołodziejski)
  • Prelude in D flat major Op. 28 No. 15 (arr. by S. Meck)
  • Prelude in E minor Op. 28 No. 4 (arr. by S. Meck)
  • Prelude in G sharp minor Op. 28 No. 12 (arr. by L. Kołodziejski)
  • Waltz in E flat major Op. 18 No. 1 Grande valse brillante (arr. by S. Meck)
  • Prelude in C minor Op. 28 No. 20 (arr. by P. Moss)
  • Etiude in C sharp minor Op. 25 No. 7 (arr. by L. Kołodziejski)
  • Nocturne in E flat major Op. 9 No. 2 (arr. by P. Moss)
  • Waltz in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2 (arr. by S. Meck)
  • Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. posth. (arr. by S. Meck)
  • Waltz in D flat major Op. 64 No. 1 (arr. by P. Moss)
  • Mazurka in B flat major Op. 7 No. 1 (arr. by S. Meck)

6 October 2023, 7:30pm
7 October 2023, 6pm
Finale of the Szymanowski / Poland / World Festival

Stanisław Napierała – tenor
Łukasz Długosz – flute
Krakwów Philharmonic Orchestra
Paul Goodwin
– conductor
Karol Szymanowski Mandragora Op. 43
Stanisław Skrowaczewski Il Piffero della Notte fantasia for flute and orchestra
Igor Strawiński The Firebird
Tickets: PLN 30-70

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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