This concert combines youth with maturity and bravado with experience. And this is due to the main characters of the evening. On the one hand, the outstanding and very experienced conductor, Case Scaglione
, former deputy principal conductor of the New York Philharmonic and now artistic director of the Orchester National d'Île-de-France, and the excellent soprano Joanna Freszel
, on the other, a rising star of the violin pantheon: Luka Faulisi
– a very young and highly talented virtuoso. The artists will play two extraordinary pieces with our Symphony Orchestra.Camille Saint-Saëns
(1835-1921) – a prodigy of French music (he composed the first piece when he was only five years old), an extraordinarily erudite butterfly lover – composed three concertos for violin and orchestra, leaving the fourth unfinished. Concerto in B minor, No. 3, Op. 61
is by far the most famous of them. Saint-Saëns did not strive to revive the genre here. He did not try to force new solutions but rather drew on the entire arsenal of the possibilities of a classical concert form. From the very beginning, he skillfully combines heroic and lyrical themes with remarkable virtuosity. Indeed, this piece sets the bar very high for violinists who decide to challenge it. Like most of the composer's works, this concert delights with musical imagination and melody. In the golden hall of the Philharmonic, this extraordinary concert will be performed by the Italian virtuoso Luka Faulisi
, about whom critics write that he can produce a million-dollar sound from his violin. In demand by the most prestigious concert halls in the world, Faulisi will release his first album this year ... read more
The second part of the evening will be filled with the phenomenal Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler
(1869-1911). Although we know Mahler today thanks to his great symphonies, few of us realise that for most of his life, he was primarily absorbed in the work of a conductor at The Vienna State Opera. So he composed only during the summer holidays! Symphony No. 4 was written in the countryside. The idyllic landscape turned out to be an ideal starting point for Mahler to write another orchestral work. However, his time was very limited, and the composer tried to use every minute of his vacation creatively to vent his creativity. It is especially evident in the fourth of his symphonies. Unlike most of the other works, in Mahler's "Fourth", there is not even a trombone part, and the simplicity of the theme is even surprising. Symphony No. 4 is clearly inspired by nature. "In my works, there are often traces and flashes of the mysterious world", – said Mahler. – "This time, it is a forest, with its wonders and terror, that has taken over my sonic universe." Joanna Freszel
will perform the soprano part in this extraordinary work. The artist is considered one of the best Polish sopranos and can boast of performances at the Grand Theatre – National Opera in Warsaw, the Grand Theatre in Poznań, the Estonian National Opera and Teatro Lope de Vega in Seville ... read more.
That evening, the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Case Scaglione
– a well-known conductor worldwide. Fulfilling both opera and symphonic repertoire, he regularly leads the best orchestras in the world ... read more.