The album’s origin slighty resembles the discovery of new worlds. One day Jonathan Plowright, a prominent British pianist, comes across the manuscript of Michał Bergson’s “Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre”, Op. 62 in a London antiquarian bookshop. And as Polish music occupies a special place among numerous passions of the artist, his discovery intrigued Poznan Philharmonic with the Orchestra of which he performed a number of times. The Philharmonic purchased the script and decided to record the piano concerto, as well as enrich the album with other works by Michał Bergson. This way “Michał Bergson. Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62 / Music from the Opera Luisa di Monfort” became the next world phonographic premiere in the discography of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.
Besides the titular Concerto symphonique the album comprises also Mazurkas (No. 1 and No. 4 from Op. 1 “Polonia! Mazurka pour piano”), Grand polonaise héroïque as well as the excerpts of the composer’s Opus Magnum: four-act opera “Luisa di Monfort” (introduction to the opera, scene and aria for solo clarinet and orchestra, Il Ritorno for soprano and orchestra).
The recordings by Jonathan Plowright (piano), Jakub Drygas (clarinet), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (soprano) and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz were done in the Aula of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Concert Hall of Poznan Philharmonic.
The latest album of Poznan Philharmonic was released by DUX label and is available in good music stores and on www.dux.pl.