The hero of the Stars of World Stages cycle concert (11th of June, 7 pm, AMU Concert Hall) is a well-known to the audience of the Poznan Philharmonic (and very liked) Jan Lisiecki – Canadian pianist with Polish (and Poznan!) roots. The Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Łukasz Borowicz.
The evening will start with Symphony No. 1 in G minor by Étienne Nicolas Méhul, the greatest French composer from the times of the French Revolution. He used to write mainly operas, but his works also include patriotic and propaganda songs from this anxious period. His music reflects the dramatic tension of the revolutionary events and the Napoleonic era. Mehul was then an important figure of the Parisian artistic life, one of his friends was Napoleon Bonaparte.
Considered the first French composer of the Romanticism movement, he is also recognized as the progenitor of the development of French symphony. His Symphony No. 1 originated in the same year as Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 (1808). Nowadays both works are often compared with each other.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy was composed in the years of 1830-31. The premiere performance took place in Munich in October 1831, with the composer at the piano, who was also a superb (and enjoying undisputed fame) pianist. During the concert two other works of the composer were presented: Symphony No. 1 and Overture to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
The piece was written in Rome during the composer’s trip to Italy. It originated roughly in the same period as his famous Symphony No. 4 in A major “Italian”. One could say that the travel experiences from traveling through Italy spurred his fantasy and became reflected in the works inspired by them.
Jan LISIECKI – piano
Łukasz BOROWICZ – conductor, host
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra
- Étienne Nicolas Méhul, Symphony No. 1 in G minor
- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor