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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.

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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.

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).

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