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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.

19 july 2017Season tickets for the artistic season 2017/2018

We would like to remind you that during holiday season (30th of June – 3rd of September) the box office of the Poznan Philharmonic id closed.

During this period we encourage you to contact the office of the Poznan Philharmonic.

Telephone service concerning concerts, booking and the purchase of seasons tickets and single tickets:

  • Audience Relations Department: (+48) 61 852 22 66, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Secretary’s Office: (+48) 61 852 47 08 or (+48) 61 852 47 09, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Booking of season tickets and tickets for artistic season 2017/2018

Season tickets (besides the POZNAN CONCERTS cycle) can be booked till the 1st of September or until all tickets are sold out, either by

  • writing an e-mail to the following address: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl
  • or by telephone: (+48) 61 852 22 66, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

The booking of individual and group tickets will be possible since the 4th of September.

10 july 2017Rafał Blechacz the Artist-in-Residence of Poznan Philharmonic in its 70th season

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We are happy and proud to announce that the next Artist-in-Residence of Poznan Philharmonic in the season which marks the 70th anniversary of our institution is Rafał Blechacz. After prominent artists from abroad: Bertrand Chamayou and Nikolaj Znaider, the extraordinary artist honoured us with accepting this position. He is one of the most recognizable and valued Polish musicians, an icon of Polish Piano Art, who inspires with his craft and personality, and at the same time an artist who rarely performs in his own country.

We feel privileged that as a gift for the 70th anniversary of Poznan Philharmonic Rafał Blechacz will present our audience and guests a rendition of Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21. Meanwhile, in Spring 2018 he will perform Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major KV 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, under the baton of Paul McCreesh, as well as give a Sonata evening along with the audience favourite of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, now an artistic jewel of numerous prestigious concert halls – Bomsori Kim.

We are looking forward to these unique events and we encourage you to become acquainted with the whole program of the artistic season 2017/2018. Feel already invited to our concerts.

28 june 2017Three times 10! The winner’s name is Borowicz

The Poznań “Quo Vadis” wins the European music market. Recently two reviews came out of a double album of “Quo Vadis” by Feliks Nowowiejski, prepared by Poznan Philharmonic and released by the reputable cpo label.

“Łukasz Borowicz committed to this oratorio with softness and passion. We can even say that he dedicated himself completely, and his artists responded with an equal musical passion. (…) It is the highest time to discover Feliks Nowowiejski once again!” – these are the words of Rainer W. Janka, which appeared on the German website Klassik Heute (www.klassik-heute.de; 22.06 2017). In all three evaluated categories (artistic level, sound quality, general impression) – he gives the maximum of 10 points!

Remy Franck echoes him on the Luxembourg classical music site (www. pizzicato.lu; 28.06.2017): “The sound of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir is transparent and blossoms in profound colours. Borowicz keeps a certain dramatic feeling, smartly fuelling it, but what he cares most about is the musical aura and that the message of the music stays in the center of attention.” (…)

After comparing the oratorio released by cpo and recorded by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra to the one performed by the Orchestra of the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic (DUX), Remy Franck gives an advice to the listeners: “if you don’t want to buy both records, you should choose the Borowicz performance for cpo label. It presents a higher artistic level and its tension entirely reflects the spirit of the marvellous piece by Nowowiejski.”

Even in the title of the review the critic clearly states that “Borowicz is the winner”.

The Luxembourg reviewer also points out that “Borowicz conducts the piece with Polish lyrics, ‘as the composer would have wished’”, which is one of the main assets of the Poznan recording, in contrast to German lyrics in the DUX album, which are not well tackled by the Choir and soloists from Olsztyn.

You can find both reviews on the following sites: www.klassik-heute.de and www. pizzicato.lu, while their Polish translations are here: Klassik Heute, 22.06.2017 and Pizzicato, 28.06.2017

 

Poznan Philharmonic recorded “Quo Vadis” during a concert held on the 29th of June 2016 in the Adam Mickiewicz University Hall in Poznan, the concert hall of the Poznan Philharmonic.

“Quo Vadis” under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz was performed by: Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone), Wojtek Gierlach (bass), with Stanisław Kamiński on pipe organ.

Owing to the double album released by cpo “Quo Vadis”, which now can be reached by music lovers all over the world, promotes the exceptional beauty of Polish oratorio music.

22 june 2017Season tickets for the artistic season 2017/2018

We would like to inform that between the 30th of June and the 3rd of September 2017 the box office of the Poznan Philharmonic will be closed.

During this period we encourage you to contact the office of the Poznan Philharmonic.

Telephone service concerning concerts, booking and the purchase of seasons tickets and single tickets:

  • Audience Relations Department: (+48) 61 852 22 66, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Secretary’s Office: (+48) 61 852 47 08 or (+48) 61 852 47 09, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Booking of season tickets and tickets for artistic season 2017/2018

Season tickets (besides the POZNAN CONCERTS cycle) can be booked till the 1st of September or until all tickets are sold out, either by

  • writing an e-mail to the following address: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl
  • or by telephone: (+48) 61 852 22 66, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

The booking of individual and group tickets will be possible since the 4th of September.

20 june 2017Poznan Philharmonic promoted Polish music in Litomyšl

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This is the review of the concert (held on the 18th of June) of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Choir and three Polish vocal soloists at the 59th edition of Smetanova Litomyšl Festival:

The third concert evening at the International Smetanova Litomyšl Festival 2017, held on the courtyard of the castle, was almost a perfect, dramatic show, based on a game of contrasts. The audience got to know Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, which arrived at the festival to promote a Polish composer, still not known well enough in our country. Along with the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, the founder and conductor of which is Petr Fiala, and a trio of well matched, interesting soloists, Polish guests presented us Karol Szymanowski’s “Stabat Mater”. This evening surely had a different aim than two previously reviewed concerts. And I assume that it was supremely achieved, in accordance with the Festival organizers’ expectations.

We cannot be surprised that Central European countries boast nowadays about a closer cooperation in Visegrad Four, while having no idea about the mutual understanding of musical cultures. I can open a given History of Music textbook written by any author, in order to find “peripheral” apprehension of culture which specifies Poland and Hungary. The same would have been done with us, at least that’s what I can presume from my experience at an apprenticeship in Pécs, Hungary; probably similarly is in Poland. In Pécs the names of Fibich, Novák, Suk and Ostrčil were unknown, Czech music equaled Dvořák and Janáček. I mention this fact because our flaws are two-sided. No wonder that our awareness of Polish musical creation is simplified as well. That’s why it is extremely significant to appreciate the well thought scenario of Litomyšl Festival, where two massive concerts were given to broaden our musical horizons.

In the first part of the concert Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, led by its conductor, very likeable Marek Pijarowski, performed an interesting symphonic poem “Krzesany” by Wojciech Kilar. The composer, whose works were influenced by various musical styles, wrote an enthralling stylization of highlander dance. After minimalist inclinations, the piece suddenly falls into euphoria and unexpectedly spontaneous whirl of dance with numerous fanciful rhythmic additions and a dynamic finale.

After ”Krzesany” the work of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010) was presented: “Totus Tuus” for a cappella choir. Czech Philharmonic Choir was conducted by its conductor Petr Fiala, who leads massive vocal-instrumental forms. It is a giant artistic challenge to accomplish a truly choral sounding pianissimo! It is a milestone in the art of choral singing. Czech Philharmonic Choir under the baton of their virtuoso Petr Fiala attained that perfection, and the conductor amazes by his vigour. Bravo!

The most anticipated highlight of the evening was “Stabat Mater” by Karol Szymanowski, a Polish composer known in the Czech Republic mostly for his “King Roger” opera, as well as symphonies and violin concerto. “Stabat Mater” cantata, written in an innovative way and translated from Latin into Polish, “speaks” the language of postromantic works. During this period Szymanowski refers to neoclassicism and neo-folklore. The piece is marvelous to listen, at the same time not being too difficult even for a layperson. Moreover, I would like to express my admiration for the artists – especially the well matched trio of soloists and Czech Philharmonic Choir reinforced the emotional influence of music on the listener.

I was particularly interested by soprano Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk, whose soft, pleasantly sounding soprano voice was very meaningful at the same time. Similar comprehensibility was expressed with endearingly sounding voice of mezzo-soprano Agnieszka Rehlis. Bass-baritone Robert Gierlach turned out to be an unfailing interpreter of beautifully written vocal part of Szymanowski’s work. The trio of soloists resembled the soloists of the previous concert – deriving from Wiener Staatsoper. After their performance a reflection came upon me: why not invite them next time for a similarly lyrical concert of the stars? Polish singers are also stars, however they do not have such a media promotion as the soloists of one of the most prestigious European opera stages…

Czech Philharmonic Choir sounded peacefully, the dynamics were remarkable. I do not even have to underline the perfect proportion between choir and orchestra, Not only Szymanowski’s work, but also the preparation of the ensembles added up to the success of the performance. Marek Pijarowski is the main conductor of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, and his significant gestures, precisely falling within the impacts of particular phrases, as well as his sense of rhythm and the ability to inspire an immense performance expression – all these factors confirm it. Wind instruments excelled in the orchestra. I also should praise the focused timpani show, very precisely fitting into the rhythm of the piece.

The last part of the evening was devoted to film music. According to the director of Litomyšl music festival, Vojtech Stříteský, it was a very interesting project and a gripping concert. Poznan musicians played the pieces of Canadian composer Howard Shore (born in 1946), the author of the soundtrack of the film trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”. It was a fine idea, as film music is often subconsciously regarded as less interesting. Meanwhile its recipients can find a common language with modern classical music. Mr Stříteský wanted to combine the music with the screening of the excerpts of the film, but – he accentuated – copyrights are “a difficult economical and legal matter”. It would surely have been an interesting experience, however the music itself is not complicated enough to be always associated with picture. Czech Philharmonic Choir proved to be excellent also in this repertoire. Though it was a completely different style, the ensemble very convincingly adapted to it. An additional attraction were the solo parts sang by two nice boys: Dominik Urbánek and Petr Špička.

Author: Jiří Fuchs

www.operaplus.cz

08 june 2017Parking lot closed at Adam Mickiewicz Square

We would like to inform you that on the 23 of June, due to reasons beyond the control of the Poznan Philharmonic, the parking lot at Adam Mickiewicz Square will not be opened.

05 june 2017SEASON TICKETS FOR POZNAN CONCERTS

Dear Ladies and Gentleman, in the season of 2017/2018 (commemorating the 70th anniversary) Poznan Philharmonic has prepared eight musical evenings in the Poznan Concerts cycle. Those interested in purchasing season tickets for them are kindly requested to fill in the following booking form in printed characters and to deliver it to the Box Office of the Poznan Philharmonic situated in the University Concert Hall till the 23rd of June 2017.

The owners of the 2016/2017 artistic season tickets have a purchase precedence. The Philharmonic reserves the right to change the current seats and to assign others than those indicated in the booking form. The season tickets can be collected in the Poznan Philharmonic Box Office from the 25th of September till the 6th of October. After this date the booking ceases to be valid and the tickets will be offered to those on the reserve list.

The first Poznan Concert in the following season will be held on Saturday, the 21st of October, exceptionally at 4 p.m.

booking form print – KP 2017-18

05 june 2017POZNAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ENCHANTED THE CZECHS

Last Friday (2nd of June) Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra performed at an International Janáčkův máj Festival in Ostrava. A day later on ostravan.cz website the review of the Friday concert appeared (written by Milan Bátor). Below we publish its excerpt referring to the performance of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.

The brilliant Poznan Philharmonic

(…) The Friday concert of Janáčkův máj Festival was held in St Wenceslas Church in Opava. Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Łukasz Borowicz, presented a concert program comprising pieces by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Karol Szymanowski.

Łukasz Borowicz is already known in this region – he cooperated with the Janáček Philharmonic and back then he proved to be a very talented and gifted conductor. Borowicz, along with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, already in the first part of the evening (Symphony No. 3 in a minor op. 56 “Scottish”) made it clear that the Orchestra is excellent and that we are dealing with an outstanding performance: well-intonated, precise, with an energetic and accurate tempo, as well as particular sequences played with great enthusiasm, which pleased the public. This huge enthusiasm and the smiles of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra musicians could be imitated by some Czech Orchestras, who lack expression.

One of the greatest experiences of festival was the performance of Harnasie Suite op. 55 from the ballet of Karol Szymanowski for tenor, mixed choir and orchestra. The folklore-inspired piece, which tells the story of robbers of the Karpaty region, carried the audience away like a wave, also owing to the superb Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno (prepared by Petr Fiala). The solo tenor part was very skillfully presented by Martin Javorský. Szymanowski, a uniquely genuine composer, can be called a Polish Janaček, who in this piece created an extraordinary music, facing more future than past times…

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02 june 2017DJAMILEH – WITH PRECISION AND FLAIR

[…] “Djamileh” sounded very attractively, with colour, brightness and freshness, possibly owing to innocent exoticisms, the abundance of which confounded the critics of Parisian prèmiere (1872). Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra […] played with precision and flair […]

Olgierd Pisarenko – Ruch Muzyczny (May 2017)

31 may 2017Poznan “Quo Vadis” all over the world

World’s first album recording of Feliks Nowowiejski’s “Quo Vadis”, prepared by the Poznan Philharmonic, was released last year. Now the music stores all over the world receive the commercial edition of this album – prepared by the worldly respected German label cpo.

Poznan Philharmonic recorded “Quo Vadis” at a concert held on the 29th of June 2016 in the Adam Mickiewicz University Hall in Poznań, the concert hall of Poznan Philharmonic. We presented the piece to music lovers on the 70th death anniversary of the composer so strongly associated with Poznan – in the Year of both Feliks Nowowiejski and Henryk Sienkiewicz. A day later we performed it in Berlin, in Konzertsaal Universität der Künste Berlin. By this event we gave the city’s audience an opportunity to discover this masterpiece of 20th century Polish oratorio music, as well as reminded that parts of the piece were written in Berlin, where Feliks Nowowiejski studied and worked.

“Quo Vadis” under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz was performed by: Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir and soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gerlach (baritone), Wojtek Gierlach (bass), with Sławomir Kamiński on pipe organ.

Owing to the double album released by cpo “Quo Vadis”, which now can be reached by music lovers all over the world, promotes the exceptional beauty of Polish oratorio music.

22 may 2017PARKING AREA ON ADAM MICKIEWICZ SQUARE

We would like to inform that on Friday the 26th of May, for reasons beyond control of the Poznan Philharmonic, the parking area on Adam Mickiewicz Square is open since 6 p.m. By courtesy of Adam Mickiewicz University authorities, guests who arrive before 6 p.m. can use the parking area of the University (Wieniawskiego Street 1, entry behind the Collegium Minus building).

18 may 2017Parking at Adam Mickiewicz square

We would like to remind you that next Saturday, on the 20th of May, the Poznań Concerts “Philharmonic Musicians in Chamber Repertoire” are held in Aula Nova od the Academy of Music (the first at 5 p.m., the second at 7:30 p.m.). That day the parking area on Adam Mickiewicz Square will be open for the listeners of the concert since 4 p.m.

08 may 2017Poznań 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.

18 april 2017Nice surprises at the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

(…) The Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival began the third decade of its existence with “no big whoop”, keeping its beaten track. It will still go down in the history by achieving an undeniable goal: it taught Poles that music favours reflection in the special time before Easter. (…)

(…) Each festival brings surprises, well enough if they are nice. The performance of State Orchestra of Armenia under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan, followed by two encores, was a pleasant revelation. However, the biggest impression was made by two Polish ensembles. The concert performance of Stravinsky’s opera “The Rake’s Progress”, brought to Warsaw by Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra led by Alexander Libreich, was at the highest international standard. (…)

(…) Łukasz Borowicz along with the Poznan Philharmonic prepared an evening of good vibes. It was a concert of two revelations: Symphony No. 1, composed by Bizet at the age of 17, and his unknown in Poland opera “Djamileh”. Both are not 19th century masterpieces, yet are skillfully crafted and arranged, hence they may bring joy to the audience.

John Malkovich was the biggest celebrity. Yet in the unexpected rivalry of two eminent actors, who held the roles of narrators at the two concerts, he decidedly lost with Wojciech Pszoniak, who verbally created the world of the oriental “Djamileh” almost like a painter. (…)

The whole review, which appeared on the website of “Rzeczpospolita” newspaper, can be read here:

Jacek Marczyński – “Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival: Dilemmas and nice surprises”

10 april 2017Poznań Philharmonic’s Box Office

We would like to inform that the ticket office of the Poznan Philharmonic will be closed on the following days:

  • 14th of April 2017
  • 2nd – 5th of May 2017

We encourage you to purchase tickets online.

 

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