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24 january 2018International distinction for another release by Poznań Philharmonic

No sooner had congratulations subsided on winning one of the most prestigious international record prizes, the 2018 International Classical Music Awards (which the Poznań Philharmonic received for the cpo-released album of Quo vadis by Feliks Nowowiejski), when another piece of good news came our way.

The newest recording by the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz has just received the Supersonic Pizzicato Award from the Luxembourg-based music magazine Pizzicato. Published by DUX, the recognised album features world phonographic premières of Feliks Nowowiejski’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3.

Remy Franck writes about the record in Pizzicato:

Very aptly elaborating its details, Łukasz Borowicz makes this music sound very vivid… These recordings are important not only as phonographic premières; they also shed the best light on Nowowiejski’s music, and emphasize the question about the inexplicable absence of both works from orchestras’ repertoire.

The DUX release constitutes a major contribution to reviving and promoting 20th-century symphonic music.

 

Full text of review:

https://www.pizzicato.lu/vollig-unverstandlich/

18 january 2018Poznań Philharmonic wins the ICMA 2018!

baner_quo_vadis_iCMA_zwyciezca_EN_3Recorded by illustrious artists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone), Wojtek Gierlach (bass), Sławomir Kamiński (organ), as well as Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka, and Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, the album Quo vadis by Feliks Nowowiejski has been awarded one of the most prestigious record prizes in the world, the 2018 ICMA (International Classical Music Awards). It is great honour for the Poznań Philharmonic.

Feliks Nowowiejski’s opus magnum, the monumental oratorio Quo vadis was recorded live during a concert held at A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium on 29 June 2016. The 2CD album of the concert was published in 2017 by the renowned German record label cpo.

Quo vadis competed for the ICMA in the ‘Vocal-Instrumental’ category with Stabat Mater by Antonín Dvořák recorded by soloists, Prague Philharmonic Choir, and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Jiří Bělohlávek (Decca), as well as with All-Night Vigil Op. 37 by Sergei Rachmaninov recorded by MDR Rundfunkchor conducted by Risto Joost (Genuin).

The prize also went to other Polish artists, incl. the pianist Krystian Zimerman, and the conductor Krzysztof Urbański. Krystian Zimerman received the distinction in the ‘Solo Instrument’ category for Piano Sonatas D 959 and D 960 by Franz Schubert (published by Deutsche Grammophon), and Krzysztof Urbański (with Simon Rattle) in the ‘Concertos’ category for Elgar: Cello Concerto – Martinu: Cello Concerto No. 1 recorded with Sol Gabetta and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and published by Sony Classical.

Furthermore, the jury awarded a special prize for the outstanding young Polish artist to the pianist Szymon Nehring, as well as special awards for outstanding achievements, of which two went to Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre in Lusławice, and the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice. On 6 April, the latter will host the 2018 ICMA Prize-Giving Gala Concert.

Complete list of the 2018 ICMA winners can be found here.

04 december 2017QUO VADIS AMONG ICMA FINALISTS!

The Poznan performance of “Quo vadis”, which was recently nominated for one of the most prestigious music awards in the world – ICMA 2018 (International Classical Music Awards) has reached the finals of the competition!

The Opus Magnum of Feliks Nowowiejski – monumental “Quo vadis” oratorio performed by brilliant soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz, Robert Gierlach and Wojciech Gierlach, along with Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, was recorded during the concert held on 29th of June 2016 in the AMU Concert Hall. The performance was led by Łukasz Borowicz.

The double album with the concert recording was released by the respected cpo record label. There are two other albums competing in the vocal-instrumental music category: “Stabat Mater” by Antonín Dvořák, a piece recorded by soloists, Prague Philharmonic Choir and Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jiří Bělohlávek (Decca), as well as “Vespers” Op. 37 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, registered by MDR Rundfunkchor conducted by Risto Joost (Genuin).

The results will be announced on the 18th of January 2018.

01 december 2017“Polish music – what does this mean?”

On the 8th of December, before the concert, we would like to invite music lovers to Lubranski Hall for a meeting entitled “Polish music – what does this mean?” It is worth to listen to (and take part in) the discussion on the meaning of Polish music, with the participation of such persons as Maestro Łukasz Borowicz. The meeting is connected with the promotion of the latest album recorded by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz – Symphonies No. 2 and 3 by Feliks Nowowiejski. This is the next world phonographic premiere prepared by the Poznan Philharmonic.

19 november 2017QUO VADIS RECORDING NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS ICMA AWARD 2018

One of the latest recordings of Poznan Philharmonic – world phonographic premiere of Feliks Nowowiejski’s “Quo vadis” – a double album released by the renowned cpo record label, has just been nominated for the prestigious ICMA Award 2018. It is one of the most important music distinctions in the world!

The winners will be announced in January 2018, while the award ceremony will take place on the 6th of April, this time in Poland, during a concert in the NOSPR concert hall in Katowice.

Let us remind you that the album features Feliks Nowowiejski’s Opus Magnum – monumental “Quo vadis” Oratorio, performed by outstanding soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz, Robert Gierlach and Wojciech Gierlach, as well as Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. The piece was led by Maestro Łukasz Borowicz.

“Quo vadis” album, which obtains numerous flattering reviews (including the prestigious British “Gramophone” magazine) has recently been announced the “album of the month” of MusicWeb International website.

13 november 2017BIRTHDAY WITH RAFAŁ BLECHACZ

On the 10th of November 2017 Poznan Philharmonic celebrated its 70th anniversary. To celebrate this special evening Rafał Blechacz (Artist-in-Residence of Poznan Philharmonic) chose a composer who is the closest to our hearts: Frédéric Chopin and his Piano Concerto in f minor, thus referring to the events that took place exactly 70 years ago, when Raoul Koczalski played Piano Concerto in e minor by Frédéric Chopin.

During the concert Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its Chief-Conductor Marek Pijarowski, performed Nocturne by Stanisław Wisłocki (on the 10th of November 1947 Stanisław Wisłocki, as the Artistic Director, conducted Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra) and Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski.

We will never forget this Jubilee evening! Our thanks for these wonderful artistic impressions go to remarkable Rafał Blechacz, Maestro Marek Pijarowski and Poznan Philharmonic orchestra. We thank all the distinguished Guests, Friends, Patrons, Sponsors, Partners, and most of all our dear Audience. Without your presence and support our work would be pointless and would not be worth any effort.

Below you can find selected reviews and reports which appeared in the media:

WTK - Tłumy na jubileuszowym koncercie w Filharmonii Poznańskiej (WTK – Crowds on the anniversary concert of Poznan Philharmonic)

Teleexpress: 10.11.2017, 17:00  - od 00:09:56 (Teleexpress: 10.11.2017, 5 p.m. – from 00:09:56)

Gazeta Wyborcza, Marta Kaźmierska – Filharmonia Poznańska ma 70 lat (Gazeta Wyborcza, Marta Kaźmierska – 70th anniversary of Poznan Philharmonic)

Jan Popis – O koncercie w kilku słowach… (Jan Popis – A few words about the concert…)

Głos Wielkopolski, Marek Zaradniak - Filharmonia Poznańska: Owacja dla Rafała Blechacza i wizja nowej siedziby (Głos Wielkopolski, Marek Zaradniak – Poznan Philharmonic: applause for Rafał Blechacz and the vision of new headquarters)

10 november 201770 SCENES OF PHILHARMONIC

Tadeusz Szeligowski, Stanisław Wisłocki, Zdzisław Śliwiński – how are the founders and first managers of the Philharmonic remembered by subsequent generations? Who was ABC? What did the Philharmonic musicians do in the summer, in Łagów? Did the concerts on the 29th of June 1956 and 13th of December 1981 take place? What was the reaction of the Poznan audience to famous artists – Artur Rubinstein, Sviatoslav Richter, David Oistrakh, Martha Argerich, Krystian Zimerman, Piotr Beczała, Sir Neville Marriner… What did Elizabeth Schwarzkopf ask for after the concert, during the birthday party? What was so unusual about Piotr Anderszewski’s arrival in Poznan? Who waited 30 years to get the artist’s autograph?

These and dozens of other questions associated with the activities of Poznan Philharmonic in the last 70 years can be answered with the help of a book by Anna Plenzler: “70 scenes of Philharmonic”, published on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Poznan Philharmonic. The book tells the history of the institution in 70 scenes – photos and descriptions recounting it. Stories are told as fun trivia, anecdotes or as philosophical tales – they all show the diversity of activities of this artistic institution, which is inherently associated with Poznań.

The book can be purchased during the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic.

27 october 2017DJAMILEH – The newest album of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra

The latest album of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra has just been released. It is the premiere Polish recording of an unusually rarely performed one-act comic opera by George Bizet: “Djamileh”, which was registered at the 21st Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.

During the recording, held in the AMU Concert Hall and during the concert in Warsaw National Philharmonic, Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra was joined by Poznan Chamber Choir prepared by Bartosz Michałowski, as well as outstanding soloists: Jennifer Feinstein (Djamileh), Eric Barry (Haroun), George Mosley (Splendiano). The piece was conducted by Łuasz Borowicz, the mentor of the project was Piotr Kamiński.

Check here for more details concerning the album.

19 october 2017LET US RELIVE THIS MOMENT!

From Kilar to Kilar – this is the title of an unusual concert held on the 6th of October, which marked the opening of the new artistic season in the Poznan Philharmonic. During the evening in the Auditorium of Adam Mickiewicz University works of different composers could be listened to: Wojciech Kilar (Orawa, Exodus, Victoria), Karol Szymanowski (Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 for piano and orchestra “Symphonie concertante”), Antonin Dvořák (Te Deum). The pieces were performed by soloists – Peter Jablonski (piano), Joanna Zawartko (soprano), Tomasz Wija (baritone), Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marek Pijarowski.

If anyone could not participate in this artistic event (or would like to listen to it once again), today’s evening gives such an opportunity. At 8:03 p.m. the season opening concert is rebroadcast on national German radio Deustchlandfunk Kultur (previously called Deutschlandradio Kultur).

16 october 2017From Poznan to Hamburg for an award

Amazing soprano Pretty Yende – in response to the invitation of Poznan Philharmonic – will perform for the first time in Poland. Concert with the participation of the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton Łukasz Borowicz is held on the 27th of October (AMU Concert Hall, 19 p.m.). The date coincides with two events which are very important for the artist – the world premiere of her new album entitled “Dreams” and the Echo Klassik award, which she will collect two days later, on the 29th of October, in Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg , during the ceremony of these prestigious music awards.

The list of this year’s Echo Klassik laureates (the prize is awarded in 22 categories) includes artists which we had an opportunity to applaud during concerts held at the Poznan Philharmonic – Daniil Trifonov, Gábor Boldoczki, Hennig Kraggerud, Jan Lisiecki, Johannes Moser, Maurizio Pollini, Sabine Meyer and RIAS Kammerchor.

11 october 2017POZNAN „QUO VADIS” THE ALBUM OF THE MONTH!

The prestigious music website MusicWeb International announced Feliks Nowowiejski’s Quo Vadis “the album of the month” – first ever published recording of this Oratorio performed under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz along with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone) and Wojtek Gierlach (bass). The album was produced by the German label cpo.

The conductor Łukasz Borowicz’s essay clearly states, how strongly he committed himself into the re-performance of Quo vadis. He deserves appreciation not only for the effort undertaken for this presentation, but also for leading this superb orchestra. In my opinion an equal recognition should go to other people associated with the production, especially the choir mentored by Violetta Bielecka.

                                                                                                                                                                                           Jim Westhead

Full review is available on www.musicweb-international.com

02 october 2017THE 50TH SEASON OF PRO SINFONIKA OPENED WITH GREAT FANFARE!

Last Saturday, the 30th of September, Pro Sinfonika (which operates under the wings of the Poznan Philharmonic) opened the new concert cycle aimed at the youngest listeners – Muzykoteczka. The first concert entitled “They play the trumpets” was led by Natalia Sobkowiak along with Mr Cricket, who is accustomed to working with children. Musicians – Wojciech Olejnik (trumpet), Sebastian Szupienko (tuba) and Miłosz Żurawicz (French horn) introduced us to the magical world of sounds. The audience appeared, and good moods as well!

 

On the 30th of September 2017 Pro Sinfonika also inaugurated the new concert season of Muzykoteka – (Un)paired Pairs (addressed to children aged 6 and more). The concert cycle opened with an unusual O!pera project. For one morning the University Concert Hall changed into a colourful and eventful space of compositional imagination of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. For the first time in the history of Pro Sinfonika the audience saw a staged play entitled “How to compose an opera? The history of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute””.

A superb cast of soloists, colourful costumes by Ewa Sumelka, a display of lights, witty dialogues and Mozart’s wonderful music carried the audience away into the world of theatrical magic.

The narrator in the world of Magic Flute was nobody else but the composer himself – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (the role played by the convincing Tomasz Piotrowski). He described to the listeners the adventures of the main characters: Papageno (Robert Gierlach) and Papagena (Maria Jaskulska-Chrenowicz), as well as Tamino (Sylwester Smulczyński) and Pamina (Ilona Krzywicka). The famous revenge aria of the Queen of the Night was magnificently performed by Aleksandra Olczyk, while the happy finale was mentored by Sarastro (Szymon Kobyliński).

Roles of Three Dames were presented by Joanna Kędzior, Maria Jaskulska-Chrenowicz and Magdalena Pluta, and the horrifying Beast was played by Piotr Grabowski.

Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz.

The young audience received the show very enthusiastically. We are already planning the next one…

 

The spectacle was repeated on the same day in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Nicholas in Ląd nad Wartą. Its baroque interior, filled with brightness and sound of Mozart’s music, served as a perfect location for the performance.

 

For more details, see: www.prosinfonika.eu

28 september 2017AUTHORITIES OF ŚREM CITY SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH THE PHILHARMONIC

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It is the first city of the Wielkopolska region which concluded an agreement in association with the Poznan Philharmonic. Local authorities of Śrem will co-finance trips of the inhabitants of the city and commune to concerts held in Poznan Philharmonic, they will also provide ten transits for artistic events in our institution in season 2017/2018 free of charge!

The relevant document was signed in Poznan yesterday by Mayor Adam Lewandowski (on the left in the picture) and Managing Director Wojciech Nentwig. Everything indicates (and there is no shadow of a doubt) that it is the beginning of a fruitful cooperation.

Which city or commune of Wielkopolska region will follow in the footsteps of Śrem? We await and encourage you!

25 september 2017Yearly calendar available already!

We have prepared an unusual proposal for the lovers of good music. An elegant, richly illustrated publication – a guide to the repertoire of the Poznan Philharmonic in the season 2017/2018. We offer you the yearly calendar with a detailed program of the season, along with all the necessary information that could interest our guests, in the special price of 15 PLN.

To purchase the yearly calendar, please inquire in the box office of the Poznan Philharmonic at 1 Wieniawskiego Street (Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.) or during every concert at the stand of the Poznan Philharmonic in the foyer of the University Concert Hall.

The holders of the De Luxe, Star Zone and Extra season tickets receive the album free of charge.

20 september 2017GRAMOPHONE ON THE POZNAN QUO VADIS

A review of the “Feliks Nowowiejski’s Quo Vadis” album has appeared on the website of the prestigious British Gramophone magazine. The album, produced by cpo, was recorded under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir, as well as soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz, Robert Gierlach and Wojtek Gierlach.

The review is available here:  www.gramophone.co.uk

03 september 2017Season tickets and tickets for the artistic season 2017/2018

We would like to remind you that starting tomorrow (4th of September) in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic (Wieniawskiego Street 1) it will be possible to purchase season tickets (DL, SG, KE, MW) and book tickets for the whole artistic season 2017/2018.

On the 21st of September ticket sale in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic and in Centrum Informacji Miejskiej (City Information Center – CIM) starts, as well as online ticket sale on our the website and via bilety24.pl internet service.

Please withdraw the booked season tickets in the Box Office of the Poznan Philharmonic:

  • between the 4th and 20th of September (DL, SG and KE season tickets)
  • and between the 25th of September and 6th of October (season tickets for POZNAN CONCERTS)

After this date the booking ceases to be valid and the tickets will be transferred to individual sale.

 

We would also like to inform that the box office of Poznan Philharmonic sells single tickets and season tickets only for the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic.

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