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07 may 2018Magnificent debut of Łukasz Borowicz with London Philharmonic Orchestra

In one of the most famous and prestigious concert halls in the world, London Royal Festival Hall, and (a day before) in Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Łukasz Borowicz, chief guest conductor of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, made his debut performance with one of the leading symphonic orchestras of our times. The concert soloist was the superstar of violin world: Anne-Sophie Mutter, who played Krzysztof Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2 “Metamorphosen”. Moreover, the program of the London concert (held on the 2nd of May) included: Heroic Overture by Andrzej Panufnik and Symphony No. 5 by Sergei Prokofiev. The renditions of the pieces led by Łukasz Borowicz received a standing ovation in the city upon Thames, not only by the audience, but also by the critics (among others The Times magazine), as well as by the musicians of the London orchestra, who applauded to honor the Polish maestro-debutante. Among the audience of the Royal Festival Hall, which can hold up to almost 3000 listeners, were: Krzysztof Penderecki with his wife (warmly applauded after the performance of “Metamorphosen” and invited on stage by the conductor and soloist) and lady Camilla Panufnik.

To read more, see: wyborcza.pl, 4.05.2018, Anna S. Dębowska

24 april 2018Poznań Philharmonic’s Box Office

We would like to inform you that in May and June the box office will be open from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm.

We encourage you to purchase tickets online.

23 april 2018The box office of the Poznan Philharmonic

We would like to inform that between 30th April and 6th of May 2018 the box office is closed. We encourage to purchase tickets online.

09 april 2018ICMA 2018

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04 april 2018ICMA 2018 – AWARD CEREMONY WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF THE MANAGING DIRECTOR OF POZNAN PHILHARMONIC AND MAESTRO ŁUKASZ BOROWICZ

Next Friday, on the 6th of April in the NOSPR concert hall in Katowice, a festive concert is held, which honours the laureates of International Classical Music Awards 2018. Let us remind you, that Poznan Philharmonic received this prestigious prize for Feliks Nowowiejski’s “Quo vadis”, an album recorded by eminent soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone) and Wojciech Gierlach (bass), Sławomir Kamiński (organ), as well as Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz.

We encourage you to listen to broadcast aired on Channel 2 of Polish Radio, which begins at 7:30 p.m. During the intermission, on Channel 2 you will hear an interview with Wojciech Nentwig, Managing Director of Poznan Philharmonic, and Maestro Łukasz Borowicz – this evening they will both collect the award.

Philharmonic of Polish Radio Channel 2 – an online broadcast: www.polskieradio.pl

For more concert details check: www.nospr.org.pl

28 march 2018The box office of the Poznan Philharmonic

We would like to inform you that the box office will be closed on the 30th of March. We encourage you to purchase tickets online.

25 march 2018ŁUKASZ BOROWICZ CONTINUES TO AMAZE

Further prizes for Łukasz Borowicz! This time Diapason magazine awarded our chief guest conductor a Diapason d’Or award for an album with Bruckner’s religious music (Missa Solemnis, Magnificat, Tantum ergo) recorded with RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie für Alte Musik and released by Accentus. This is how the editors of the prestigious monthly appraised the album: “The Mass is not a premiere performance, but a first recording, one truly worthy of this piece… Brilliance and sensitivity… Perfection in every way”.

In turn, the French Academie du Disque Lyrique, which annually distinguishes best vocal music recordings, awarded a double album of Williams’ and Holst’s operas led by Łukasz Borowicz with L’ORPHEE D’OR – Prix Arturo Toscanini “Meilleur enregistrement d’un compositeur étranger”. The album was released by DUX in association with Ludwig van Beethoven Association. The Orpheus prize was collected on behalf of the artists by Piotr Kamiński, a respected musicologist, journalist and an authority in the field of opera.

06 march 2018FRYDERYK AWARDS 2018 – THREE NOMINATIONS FOR POZNAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

The Phonographic Academy announced the nominations for the 24th Fryderyk Awards. Two albums recorded by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz could be found in three categories of classical music albums. The album with Feliks Nowowiejski’s Symphonies No. 2 and 3, released by DUX, was nominated in the “symphonic and concert music” category, while Feliks Nowowiejski’s “Quo vadis” album, released by cpo record label – in the categories of “choral, oratorio and opera music” and “the most outstanding recording of Polish music”.

Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra prepared the ”Quo vadis” album along with the soloists – Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone) and Wojciech Gierlach (bass), Sławomir Kamiński (organ), as well as Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka.

The laureates will be announced on the 16th of April, when – in Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw – the award ceremony in the classical music categories is held.

It is worth pointing out that “Quo vadis” album recorded by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra has already received this year one of the most prestigious music awards in the world – ICMA 2018 (International Classical Music Awards). The award ceremony is held on the 6th of April in the Concert Hall of Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s Golden Fryderyk Award – for lifetime achievement – in the category of classical music was presented to Agnieszka Duczmal, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of artistic work. Our heartfelt congratulations!

05 march 2018DISCOVERING AMERICA

Next Friday, on the 9th of march, during a concert entitled “MOZART FROM… THE NEW WORLD” we will witness the European premiere of Symphony No. 40 by Pedro Ximénes de Abrill Tirado (reconstruction and edition by Piotr Nawrot). Before the concert we invite you for a meeting with Prof. Piotr Nawrot and Łukasz Borowicz (held at 6 p.m. in Lubranski Hall), which is entitled “Discovering America”. It will be led by Marlena Gnatowicz-Drobnik.

28 february 2018A DIFFERENT DONIZETTI LIVE AND ON AIR

“Messa da Requiem” is a tribute, the last token of friendship presented by Gaetano Donizetti to Vincenzo Bellini, right after his sudden death. It is a monumental vocal-instrumental piece, in which the composer – as an eminent author of operas – combined musical religious elements with bel canto style. It can be assumed that the Mass, created in the shadow of Donizetti’s operatic work, inspired Giuseppe Verdi to write his famous Requiem.

On Friday evening (2nd of March, 7 p.m., AMU Concert Hall) it will be heard in the masterful performance of Czech and Polish soloists, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Václav Luks.

If you cannot take part in this artistic event (or would like to listen to it once again), you will have two opportunities. The concert of Poznan Philharmonic “DIFFERENT DONIZETTI” is rebroadcast:

- on the 7th of March at 8:03 p.m. on air of national German radio Deutschlandfunk Kultur (previously named Deutschlandradio Kultur)

- on the 11th of March at 08.05 p.m. on air of Radio Poznan, in the radio show “Klasyka na bis”.

You are warmly welcome!

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.

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