‘As an artist, Piotr respects and applies the rules of art, seeking the beauty and the good. We can find the aestethic values in the belcanto fluency of phrases, aided with a fine and natural timbre of voice. We also spot the ethos of moral values in the respectful attitude towards his profession – marked by humility, perseverance and an unusual consequence in pursuing artistic perfection.’ This is an excerpt of an eulogy pronounced yesterday (on the 17th of May) by Prof. Jan Ballarin at the ceremony of awarding the title of honoris causa of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice to Piotr Beczała.
The most famous Polish singer, currently considered the best lyric tenor in the world, 30 years ago graduated from the academy mentioned above. Piotr Beczała divides his time between the most important opera stages of the world, including Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and La Scala. He makes numerous records and receives prestigious awards and international distinctions.
With fondness and satisfaction we think back to the concert of Piotr Beczała in the Poznan Phil-harmonic on the 14th of April 2007. It was his first gala evening in Poland and in Europe. Ravishing and memorable! Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra was then led by Łukasz Borowicz. Since that moment both artists regularly cooperate on concert and opera stages, as well as record studios all over the world.
Maestro, dear Doctor, congratulations on receiving this honorable title!
Like every year, in the 2022/23 artistic season Poznan Philharmonic is planning to prepare for you musical evenings within the DL, SG and KP season tickets.
If you are interested in the purchase of season tickets for these concerts, please fill in the or-der form below and submit it in the ticket office of Poznan Philharmonic until the 24th of June 2022.
The estimated date of the collection of the tickets is September 2022. The details will be given later – please track the information on our website www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl.
We inform that the ticket office of Poznan Philharmonic will be closed from the 29th of April till the 3rd of May.
We encourage you to purchase the tickets online.
We also remind that the ticket office of Poznan Philharmonic is open as follows:
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday: 1pm – 5pm
- Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm
- Thursday: 1pm – 5pm
- Friday: 1pm – 5pm or 1pm – 7pm (on the days when Poznan Philharmonic concert is held)
We would like to inform you that the box office will be closed from the 14th to the 18th of April.
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We invite you to the broadcast of the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic. As part of 26th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival the ensemble, in the com-pany of prominent soloists and under the baton of Maestro Łukasz Borowicz, will perform Don Giovanni: an opera by Giuseppe Gazzaniga. The broadcast on Polish Radio 2 starts at 7 pm.
Traditionally another album of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra was nominated for the Fryderyk award. This time it’s Faniska by Luigi Cherubini, nominated for the Fryderyk 2022 award in the category Album of the Year – Oratorio and Opera Music.
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra recorded it along with Natalia Rubiś (soprano), Krystian Adam Krzeszowiak (tenor), Katarzyna Belkius (soprano), Robert Gierlach (bass-baritone), Tomasz Rak (baritone), Justyna Ołów (mezzosoprano), Piotr Kalina (tenor) and Poznan Chamber Choir prepared by Bartosz Michałowski. The performance was led by Łukasz Borowicz.
Cherubini’s opera (with the libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner) was commissioned by the management of the Viennese Hofoper in spring 1805. The premiere performance took place in Kärntnertortheater in Vien-na on the 25th of February 1806 in the presence of the Emperor Franz II. The work fascinated Ludwig van Beethoven so much that he decided to create an opera too, and he did write one – Fidelio.
The opera is set in Poland, in one of the magnate castles near Sandomierz. Two main characters – Zamoski and Rasinski – are divided rulers of neighbouring provinces and the main theme concerns the attempt to release Faniska, Rasinski’s wife, who is held in custody by Zamoski in his castle’s dungeons. Everything leads to a happy ending.
The double album, which is a world phonographic premiere in the discography of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, was released in December 2020 by the DUX label. In October 2020 the concert version of the Faniska opera was performed in the Warsaw Philharmonic, at the 24. Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, which was had been put off to autumn due to pandemic.
Łukasz Borowicz, Music Director and Chief Conductor of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, prepared the latest premiere in the Strasburg opera. The concert presented under his baton met with an enthusiastic audience’s and French critics reception. Next performances are scheduled until 3rd of April, also in Mulhouse. We invite you to read the excerpts of the first reviews:
Strasbourg, 17th of March 2022
(…) Conductor Łukasz Borowicz demonstrated particular vigilance to the addition of loose improvisation which also infected the musicians from Mulhouse; apparently he exceeds in this type of demanding expression. Besides the ravishing choreography we will surely memorize the amazing orchestration of the second work. The presented original version dates back to 1915 and was written for a small orchestra (the theatre didn’t have an orchestra pit). While listening to it you forget all the symphonic version, even the most brilliant ones. The coarse sensuality, strong rhythm, enhanced by masterful zapateado of seven dancers in two tableaux was simply amazing and surely worth preserving. Even the popular Fire Dance picked up an accent of unusual authenticity, the whole fascinating score completely enchanted the audience. (…) An unforgettable, exceptional evening.
ResMusica musique classique et danse
Strasburg, 17th of March 2022
(…) The new orchestration of the cycle prepared by Arthur Lavandier let the Symphonic Orchestra of Mulhouse, downsized to a chamber version and conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, flash with a thousand of fireworks and display its instrumental mastery. (…)
Strasburg, 15th of March 2022
(…) You can immediately notice the excellence of Orchestre symphonique de Mulhouse, particularly the refined leadership of Łukasz Borowicz, devotedly watching over the dramaturgy of the evening. (…)
The premiere led by Maestro Łukasz Borowicz features two works seemingly unrelated to each other: “Zápisník zmizelého” by Leoš Janáček and “El amor brujo” by Manuel de Falla.
They are both united by same themes: an obsessive love leading the characters to extreme life choices, a gypsy motif (Gypsies from Moravia and Andalusia) and a unique chamber cast of instruments characteristic for the second decade of the 20th century.
The work of de Falla was performed in the original 1915 version, while the song cycle by Janáček, which had its premiere in Strasbourg, resounded for the first time in the new orchestration by Arthur Levandier. De Falla masterpiece is accompanied by a flamenco star Esperanza Fernández and a team of flamenco dancers led by Manuel Liñan.
At the last week’s concert “Spring Serenade” (11th of March) Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra played for Ukraine.
The program of the concert included the works of Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Robert Schumann. Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra was led by Paul McCreesh, the prominent English conductor, and the soloist of the evening was Marcin Suszycki (violin), the concertmaster of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Before and after the concert the funds were collected to help the Ukraine. For this purpose our listeners paid PLN 6054.33 into account of Siepomaga Foundation. We sincerely thank everyone who supported the collection.
Everything he did, he did with a remarkable passion. As a scholar and an educator, as a rector or a minister, as a singer and a long-standing president of the Academic Choir of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. On Tuesday (15th of March) we got a message that Prof. dr hab. Stefan Jurga died last night.
He was an unusual person in the Poznan scientific community. A physicist valued in numerous prestigious research and academic centers, tutor and mentor for a large group of scholars. For most of his professional life he held a variety responsible functions at ”his” university, the culmination being the AMU rector position in the years 1996-2002.
He loved science, but also… music, which had fascinated him since childhood. He used to say that if he hadn’t be-come a physicist, he would have done everything to become… a conductor. It was his unfulfilled dream, he added. He was a good friend of Poznan Philharmonic, a regular listener of our concerts, not only those held in Poznan or even in Poland. He was deeply interested in the functioning of our institution. Although he was proud of AMU Con-cert Hall, he was worried that Poznan Philharmonic had no residence on its own.
Your Magnificence, Professor, Dear Stefan, thank you for your kindness, friendship and for being our informal am-basador.
Wojciech Nentwig and Łukasz Borowicz along with the ensembles and staff of Poznan Philharmonic