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It can be said that the next Internet Concert scheduled for Friday the 27th of November is a… double jubilee concert. In 2020 we celebrate the 95th death anniversary of Roman Statkowski, coming from Szczypiorno near Kalisz, and the 200th birthday anniversary of Michał Bergson.
Roman Statkowski composed the two-act opera “Filenis”, based on a libretto inspired by Herman Erler’s drama, in 1987. The work had to wait seven years for the Warsaw premiere. It was not staged until a year after an international success in 1903, when the piece won the 1st prize at an international competition in London. “Filenis”, as well as the second opera of the composer, “Maria” (based on the same-titled poetic novel by Antoni Malczewski) are among the most outstanding artistic achievements of Roman Statkowski.
By that concert we would like to present you the figure of Michał Bergson, a Polish composer of Jewish origin. The Bergson family, which included numerous eminent merchants and bankers, had played a significant role in creating the city of Warsaw for several generations. Incorporating the music of Michał Bergson in the concert’s repertoire was directly inspired by the discovery of the manuscript of “Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre”, Op. 62 in a London antiquarian bookshop and its purchase by the Poznan Philharmonic. The finder was Jonathan Plowright, an excellent British pianist, who will perform the concert and who, along with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz, recorded an album with Michał Bergson’s music. The CD, published by DUX label and titled “Michał Bergson, Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62/ Music from the opera Luisa di Monfort” was released at the beginning of November and is another world premiere in the discography of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Łukasz BOROWICZ – conductor
Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra
- Roman Statkowski
Introduction to the opera Filenis
- Michał Bergson
Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62
Co-funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of “Muzyka” programme managed by Institute of Music and Dance. Resources provided by Culture Promotion Fund from surcharges imposed on state-monopoly games under art. 80, par. 1 of the Gambling Activities Act of 19 November 2009.