Symphony in E-minor, Op. 16 by Grzegorz Fitelberg is the latest world phonographic premiere by Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra. Made on 6 October 2023 during a concert at A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium, recording of the piece conducted by Łukasz Borowicz has been released as CD and LP.
This is what Łukasz Borowicz writes about Grzegorz Fitelberg and his symphony:
“Grzegorz Fitelberg was a person of many parts: an illustrious conductor, tireless promoter of his contemporaries’ art, and one of the pillars of the Młoda Polska, or Young Poland movement in music. (…) Written in 1904, Symphony in E minor, op. 16 premiered at the Warsaw Philharmonic in 1907. For decades, however, the piece was to languish in obscurity. (…) [its] modern-day record premiere closes an undeniably serious gap in Polish phonography. It is also a reminder that Fitelberg’s piece constitutes a very important link in the process of development of Polish symphonic music; together with early works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Karol Szymanowski, it provides a meaningful contribution to its overall picture.”
The recording has been published not only as CD, but also as collector’s limited-edition vinyl LP. CDs and LPs will be sold at special promotional prices in University Auditorium hall prior to and during intervals in philharmonic concerts held between 15 December 2023 and 5 January 2024.
CD “Grzegorz Fitelberg, Symphony in E-minor, Op. 16” is also available from Poznań-based Pasja music bookstore.
With financial assistance from Culture Promotion Fund, state earmarked fund of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, under “Musical Trace” programme operated by National Institute for Music and Dance.