Kraków Philharmonic Oratorio Concert: Christus

Friday, December 15, 2023, 7:30 PM

  • Friday, December 15, 2023, 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 16, 2023, 6:00 PM

The composition of his most famous oratorio, Christus, occupied Liszt from 1862 to 1866, with shorter or longer pauses. He finished the score by the end of September 1866, but he wished to make some revisions and corrections, and therefore the work was not completed until the December of that year. Christus was published in 1872 and premiered in the Protestant church at Weimar in 1873 – 150 years ago.
The oratorio takes the traditional plot of Jesus Christ's life from his birth to his passion and resurrection, using Bible texts, and is thus somewhat reminiscent of another famous religious work, Messiah by George Frideric Handel. It is of note that the role of the orchestra in the oratorio is really more significant than that of the chorus, the orchestra being the moving force of growth and development.

The Kraków Philharmonic recalls Liszt’s monumental work on the 150th anniversary of the premiere of the work.

Ferenc Liszt Christus*
* on the 150th anniversary of work’s premiere
duration approx. 200 min., two intermissions

Natalia Rubiś – soprano
Małgorzata Pańko-Edery – alto
Pavel Petrov – tenor 
Mariusz Godlewski – baritone
Robert Gierlach – bass
Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Piotr Piwko
– choirmaster
Alexander Humala – conductor



Other: acceptable for people with disabilities

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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