One evening, three great musical celebrities will meet on stage in the golden hall of the Philharmonic. Being undoubtedly one of the best Polish pianists of all time, Janusz Olejniczak
will play the piano. Moreover, he is a juror of the Chopin Competition, author of many enthusiastically received recordings, and an applauded artist performing on stages worldwide... read more
. We will also hear the great violinist and composer Mateusz Smoczyński
, a well-known member of the Atom String Quartet to Szczecin audiences, as well as the legendary Turtle Island Quartet ... read more
. And our Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by maestro Wojciech Rodek
– an extraordinarily talented and versatile conductor, former assistant to Antoni Wit at the National Philharmonic, and currently artistic director of the Lublin Philharmonic ... read more
. What will we hear?
The first part of the evening will be filled with the Double Concerto for Piano, Violin and Orchestra by Mateusz Smoczyński
. It will be the piece's world premiere, and it will be played on our stage by the composer himself. So you will be the first listeners to experience this concert – such an opportunity does not happen often.
We will devote the second part of the evening to the memory of the great French composer César Franck
(1822-1890). This year sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of the master, whose rich work is part of the classical music canon. Known as an unsurpassed improviser, Franck was famous primarily for his compositions for the organ. His passion for this instrument had a strong influence on all of his artistic output. Franck is considered to have been the creator of the so-called organ symphonism. Most of his most valued compositions were created in the last two decades of his life. Our concert will feature the extraordinary Symphony in D minor
– the most outstanding and mature orchestral work of the French master and, at the same time, his only symphony. This piece has only three ─ not the traditional four ─ movements, connected by cyclically repeating themes. After its premiere in Paris in 1899, the work did not immediately meet with the admiration it deserved or at least with understanding. However, from the 1920s onwards, Franck's Symphony in D minor was one of the most frequently performed symphonies on all continents. It also has nearly a hundred recordings.