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15 September 2020 JAN KRENZ HAS DIED

When in the beginning of September (1948) I went to Breslau to take part in the concert in the framework of the Recovered Territories Exhibition (…) in Łagów the orchestra was working with the newly employed, young and gifted conductor Jan Krenz. It was his first ever professional engagement.

This excerpt comes from the memoirs entitled ”The Life of a Single Musician” by Stanisław Wisłocki, first conductor of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra. It was year 1947 when Jan Krenz took the position of the conductor in our orchestra. He resigned at the end of the 1948/49 season, but in the following months of 1949 at the request of Stanisław Wisłocki he continued to lead the rehearsals during the orchestra’s summer projects in Łagów.

He left Poznan for the wider world. He got involved with the Polish Radio Great Symphony Orchestra in Katowice (currently Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra), in which he held the post of the conductor and director from 1953 to 1968. In the years of 1968-73 he was the art director of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw.

He performed all over the world giving guest concerts with such ensembles as: Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony or the leading London orchestras.

We were lucky in the Poznan Philharmonic. He conducted the Orchestra multiple times – the last concert was held in February 2012, when he led: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 by Johannes Brahms, Konzertstück in D major, Op. 31 for Cello and Orchestra by Zygmunt Stojowski and the Overture he composed himself. Earlier (in November 2009) he conducted Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 26 by Ludwig van Beethoven and his Requiem. For Jan Krenz was not only a prominent conductor, but also an outstanding composer. He wrote chamber, vocal and symphonic pieces, as well as film music (including ”Bad Luck” by Andrzej Munk and ”Kanal” by Andrzej Wajda).

Jan Krenz, the remarkable conductor and composer, died on the 15th of September 2020 at the age of 94.

07 September 2020 We start the sale of season tickets for artistic season 2020/2021

Starting from today (7th of September) you can purchase the season tickets for the artistic season 2020/2021.

We inform you that the Box Office of Poznan Philharmonic (foyer of AMU Concert Hall, Wieniawskiego Street 1) is open from Monday to Friday from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The booked DL and SG season tickets can be purchased from the 7th of September to the 1st of October, while the season tickets for Poznan Concerts – from the 14th of September to the 1st of October.

ATTENTION: if the season tickets aren’t bought in the aforementioned dates, the reservation is cancelled and the tickets are transferred for sale.

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The sale of individual tickets in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic, in the Cultural Information Centre (Ratajczaka Street 44) and via Internet starts on the 1st of October.

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For further information on the tickets and season tickets you can either

  • call:
    – Department of Audience Relations: tel. 61 852 22 66; 660 405 813; 660 406 918 – from Monday to Friday between 9 am – 3 pm
    – box office of Poznan Philharmonic: tel. 61 853 69 35 from Monday to Friday between 1-5 pm or
  • write: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl

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We remind you to keep a physical distance of 1,5 m while lining up to the box office, as well as the obligation to cover the mouth and nose in the AMU Concert Hall building.

Below you will find more details concerning the organization of concerts and code of conduct during them, resulting from sanitary restrictions due to Covid-19 pandemic:

regulations, declaration

We would also like to inform that the box office of Poznan Philharmonic sells tickets and season tickets only for the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic.

The management of the Philharmonic reserves the right to amend the dates, places, performers, concert programs and prices of the tickets.

28 August 2020 Another Diapason d’Or for Łukasz Borowicz

Diapason d’Or, the award of the prestigious French magazine Diapason dedicated to classical music has just been given to an album recorded by one of the best orchestras in Europe: Bamberger Symphoniker led by Łukasz Borowicz. It is another Diapason d’Or for the Chief Guest Conductor of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.

The album with the music of Nikolai Tcherepnin (Narcisse et Echo, Op. 40, La Princesse lointaine, Op. 4) was recorded in Konzerthalle in Bamberg in May 2018 and released by German record label cpo.

Nikolai Tcherepnin, forefather of the Tcherepnin musical family, was the student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. He cooperated as a conductor with the ballet of Sergei Diaghilev, which influenced his artistic output. After the success of the ballet “Le Pavillon d’Armide” he received a commission for “Narcisse et Echo” (1911) with the choreography of Mikhail Fokin and Vaslav Nijinsky. The Bamberger Symphoniker and Łukasz Borowicz brought the ballet out from the oblivion it fell into (unfairly) due to the tremendous success of Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” staged two months later.

The review published on the pages of the Diapason magazine accentuated that Borowicz explored the textures and often received an unbelievable clarity of sound, at the same time bringing Tcherepnin’s music closer to the influence of the French (Dukas, Debussy, Ravel, Schmitt) without overlooking the impact of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov or Anatoly Lyadov. According to the reviewer, the impressionist interpretation of this music fills in the gap after the recording of Giennady Rozhdestvensky.

25 August 2020 TICKETS AND SEASON TICKETS FOR THE ARTISTIC SEASON 2020/2021

We would like to inform that the box office of Poznan Philharmonic (situated in the lobby of AMU Concert Hall, Wieniawskiego Street 1) is opened from the 7th of September 2020, Monday to Friday, between 1 pm and 5 pm.

The booked DL and SG season tickets can be purchased from the 7th of September to the 1st of October, while the season tickets for Poznan Concerts – from the 14th of September to the 1st of October.

ATTENTION: if the season tickets aren’t bought in the aforementioned dates, the reservation is cancelled and the tickets are transferred for sale.

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The sale of individual tickets in the box office of Poznan Philharmonic, in the Cultural Information Centre (Ratajczaka Street 44) and via Internet starts on the 1st of October.

***
For further information on the tickets and season tickets you can either

  • call:
    – Department of Audience Relations: tel. 61 852 22 66; 660 405 813; 660 406 918 – from Monday to Friday between 9 am – 3 pm
    – box office of Poznan Philharmonic: tel. 61 853 69 35 from Monday to Friday between 1-5 pm or
  • write: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl

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We remind you to keep a physical distance of 1,5 m while lining up to the box office, as well as the obligation to cover the mouth and nose in the AMU Concert Hall building.

We would soon give you detailed information on the organization of concerts and performance principles resulting from sanitary restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

We would also like to inform that the box office of Poznan Philharmonic sells tickets and season tickets only for the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic.

The management of the Philharmonic reserves the right to amend the dates, places, performers, concert programs and prices of the tickets.

01 July 2020 IDA HAENDEL HAS PASSED AWAY

On the 30th of June 2020 in Miami Ida Haendel – the great woman violinist – has died aged 91. Or maybe aged 92, 96 or 97? Rumour has it that she had several birth certificates with different dates.

She herself says that the confusion with dates originated in 1937 in London, when she was to perform as a child prodigy in Covent Garden. However, at the last moment it was decided that children under 14 years old can’t take part in the concert. Then Ida’s agent and her father convinced the organizers that that’s exactly her age…

For sure she was born in Chełm, in a Jewish family. She began playing the violin at the age of 3. She had the best teachers: Carl Flesch and George Enescu. She quickly started her triumphal march through the most renowned concert halls in the world and played with the most eminent orchestras.

She was twice (in 1986 and 2006) a juror at the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznan, and long before – its laureate. She won the 7th place (the best one in the Polish team) in the 1st edition of the contest held in 1935 in Warsaw.

‘I was 8 years old at that time – I can’t lie and say it was the most important competition in my life. I don’t really remember it. They told me to play the best I could, so I did it’, she recounted with disarming honesty in 2006.

She performed with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra in AMU Concert Hall on the 3rd of November 2006. She took over the audience the moment she entered the stage, gallantly accompanied by Łukasz Borowicz who made his debut with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra then. He conducted the Violin Concerto in D minor by Jean Sibelius. No wonder she selected this piece – throughout her life she’s been considered an unmatched interpreter of that composer.

‘Unfortunately, I’ve never met Sibelius personally, though many people seem to think that’, she said. ‘However, he wrote me an unusual letter. It was after my concert in Helsinki which he listened via radio in his house in Järvenpää. I congratulate you, he wrote, a magnificent performance of my concert, but I congratulate myself even more that my concert found a violinist who can play it so well…

’ In her artistic life Ida Handel was always faithful to the principle that a violinist shouldn’t create anything new, but stay loyal to the composer, and have – just like her – a great respect for the score. ‘A composer is the most important. We are only impersonators whose job is to convey what he created in the most accurate possible way. My father always said that the score is a book that you have to be able to read. That’s why I do everything I can to please the composer, though I’m never sure if I succeed. I simply can’t check with Wieniawski or Bach if I play well. Maybe someday, up there, I will…’

Maybe she will ask them now…?

* Ida Haendel’s statements come from Anna Plenzler’s article entitled “Lady With the Violin” (Kaleidoscope, January 2007).

16 June 2020 CLOSING OF THE SEASON – INTERNET CONCERT

The 2019/2020 artistic season of Poznan Philharmonic was scheduled to end on the 19th of June, traditionally in the AMU Concert Hall. And so it will. What’s more – the box office will not run out of tickets for this event. Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Marek Pijarowski and Łukasz Borowicz, while the listeners will applaud in front of their computer screens. The last concert of this season, Internet Concert, begins as usual on Friday evening, on the 19th of June at 7 p.m.

PERFORMERS:

Marcin SUSZYCKI violin
Damian KUREK trumpet
Łukasz BOROWICZ conductor
Marek PIJAROWSKI conductor
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra

PROGRAM:

• Ludwig van Beethoven – Romance No. 2 in F Major, Op. 50

• Joseph Haydn – Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat Major Hob. VIIe:1
Allegro
Andante
Allegro

• Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
Adagio molto – Allegro con brio
Andante cantabile con moto
Menuetto. Allegro molto e vivace
Finale. Adagio – Allegro molto e vivace

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Co-financed from funds of the National Cultural Centre under the program “Culture on the Net”.

15 June 2020 POZNAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA ON AIR ON POLISH RADIO PROGRAM II

Next Tuesday, on the 16th of June at 7 p.m., Polish Radio Program II invites you to a meeting with Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra! On the radio programme “Philharmonic of Polish Radio Program II” you can listen to a concert recorded at the 57th Bydgoszcz Music Festival “Contrasts, or Songs from Different Places”.

Program:

  • Stanisław Moniuszko – Lithuanian Mythological Cantata “Nijola” for Solo Voices, Mixed Choir and Orchestra inspired by “Witolorauda” written by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski
  • Stanisław Moniuszko – Lithuanian Mythological Cantata “Milda” for Solo Voices, Choir and Orchestra

Performers:

Wioletta Chodowicz – soprano
Maria Jaskulska-Chrenowicz – soprano
Ewa Wolak – alto
Sylwester Smulczyński – tenor
Robert Gierlach – bass
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic
Violetta Bielecka – choir preparation
Łukasz Borowicz – conductor

We would like to remind that the double album of the cantatas “Milda” and “Nijola” by Stanisław Moniuszko, which is a world phonographic premiere, appeared on the May list of best CD albums selected by the prestigious British magazine devoted to classical music – Gramophone.

The album was released in October 2019 by DUX label.

We warmly invite you to listen!

10 June 2020 A MUSICAL JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD

Next Friday, on the 12th of June at 7 p.m. we invite you to another Internet Concert of Poznan Philharmonic. This time the musicians of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra would like to invite the auditors for an unusual journey through different cultures – from Soviet Russia to Brazil, from the echos of music resounding in the synagogues to ancient Egypt in the French version.

1st PART OF THE CONCERT

Performers:
Marcin HERMAN – violin
Olga WINKOWSKA – violin
Tomasz SOŚNIAK – piano

Program:

  • Dmitri Shostakovich – 5 Pieces arranged for Two Violins and Piano (arr. Levon Atovmyan)

– Prelude from the soundtrack to “The Gadfly”, Op. 97
– Gavotte from Ballet Suite No. 3 (from “The Human Comedy”, Op. 37)
– Elegy from Ballet Suite No. 3 (from “The Human Comedy”, Op. 37)
– Valse from the soundtrack to “The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda”, Op. 36
– Polka from Ballet Suite No. 1 (from the ballet “The Limpid Stream”, Op. 39)

2nd PART OF THE CONCERT

Performers:
Maria LISZKOWSKA-SIKORSKA – cello
Paulina MACIASZCZYK – harp

Program:

  • Heitor Villa Lobos – “O Canto do Cisne Negro” (Song of the Black Swan)
  • Max Bruch – Kol Nidrei, Op. 47
  • Jules Massenet – “Meditation” from the opera “Thaïs”

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Co-financed from funds of the National Cultural Centre under the program “Culture on the Net”.

04 June 2020 WITH DOUBLE BASS IN THE LEADING ROLE

Next Friday, on the 5th of June at 7 p.m. we invite you to another Internet Concert of Poznan Philharmonic. Once again the musicians of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra will present works prepared especially for our auditors. This evening the double bass will play the main role.

Performers:
Szymon GUZOWSKI – double bass solo
Marcin SUSZYCKI – 1st violin
Kosma MÜLLER – 2nd violin
Dominik DĘBSKI – viola
Józef CZARNECKI – cello
Marcin CHENCZKE – double bass

Program:

  • Henry Eccles – Sonata in A minor for Double Bass and String Quintet (arr. Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska)
    Largo
    Allegro con spirito
    Adagio
    Vivace

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Performers:
Marcin SUSZYCKI – violin solo
Szymon GUZOWSKI – double bass solo
Kosma MÜLLER – 1st violin
Magdalena MATEJA – 2nd violin
Dominik DĘBSKI – viola
Józef CZARNECKI – cello
Marcin CHENCZKE – double bass
Małgorzata Próchnicka – narrator

Program:

  • Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba – “Cirrus Clouds” for Violin, Double Bass, String Quintet and Narrator
    The piece is dedicated to Szymon Guzowski and Poznan Philharmonic

The Internet concert of Poznan Philharmonic scheduled for Friday evening looks very promising. The Orchestra’s musicians will perform two entirely different (as far as the epoch is concerned) works. First one is Sonata in A minor for Double Bass and String Quintet written by the British baroque composer Henry Eccles, while the second – “Cirrus Clouds” for Violin, Double Bass, String Quintet and Narrator created by a contemporary composer Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba.

Co-financed from funds of the National Cultural Centre under the program “Culture on the Net”.

03 June 2020 BOX OFFICE OF POZNAN PHILHARMONIC

The box office of Poznan Philharmonic (Wieniawskiego street 1) will be open from 2nd of June till 25th of June 2020 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 am to 2 pm.

Between the dates of 26th of June and 31st August 2020 the ticket office is closed.