Concert series Early music

Early music

In the 2018/2019 concert season, the Early Music series offers a lavish (12 concerts!) and interesting repertoire spanning three periods: baroque, classicism, and romanticism. There are as many as four concerts (16.11, 1.02, 8.02, 8.03) devoted to 19th-century music.

The season is to open (19.10) with a concert version of Orfeo ed Euridice, one of the most famous operas by Christoph Willibald Gluck, while on Good Friday (19.04) we will listen to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. The 260th death anniversary of Georg Friedrich Händel means a significant proportion of his music to be performed at the Katowice seat of NOSPR. First (7.12), it will be one of his greatest oratorios, Judas Maccabaeus. Then (11.01), two concerti grossi and, in the closing concert of the season (21.06), four coronation anthems. The latter will be the Hallelujah and Amen choruses from the Messaiah oratorio as well as Water music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. All the aforementioned works were created during the great Saxonian’s time in London. This season will see much more English music being performed. On 24.05 we will be listening to pieces by Händel’s great predecessors, John Blow and Henry Purcell, while in the Music in the times of Jane Austen concert (1.02), we will enjoy performances of songs and piano pieces by late baroque, classical and romantic English composers, so far unknown in Poland. On Hector Berlioz’s 150th death anniversary (8.03), we will listen to his most famous orchestra pieces. On 16.11, marking the centenary of regaining independence, there will be plenty of Polish music. Most importantly, we will hear orchestra pieces by Karol Lipiński and August Fryderyk Duranowski, extraordinarily rare in Polish concert halls. In 2019 we will also hear Polish baroque music (1.03). Two further highlights of the series will be the concerts to present Händl’s and Beethoven’s works (11.01, 8.02) in the context of pieces composed by their contemporaries, either less known or completely forgotten. Springtime will be all the more enjoyable (31.05) with French suites by Georg Muffat from the Florilegium primum collection. 

Performances of the highest quality will be given by Polish ensembles (Camerata Silesia, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, Capella Cracoviensis, Octava Ensemble) as well as foreign ones (Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Kölner Akademie, Les Siècles, The Marian Consort) and hosts of extraordinary soloists.

Piotr Wilk