Concert series Early music

Early music

In the season 2016/ 2017 the Early Music concert series will present repertoire that spans over 200 years, from the beginning of the 17th century (Monteverdi, Castello and Jarzębski) to the first decade of the 19th century (Beethoven). This is the time when European music was developing at a breathtaking pace, giving rise to new music genres, which have continued without interruption until today: the opera, oratorio, cantata, concerto and sinfonia. It is these various music forms that comprise this season’s Early Music programme.

The opening concert (7.10.) will present the most outstanding orchestral compositions  by Johann Sebastian Bach: two Brandenburg Concertos, two Orchestral Suites and sinfonias from cantatas. Next, we will hear less known concertos, orchestral suites and sinfonias by Georg Philipp Telemann (16.06.) and Joseph Haydn (27.01, 24.02.). The stage performance of L'Orfeo (4.03.) –  one of the first and foremost operas in the history of music, praised for its rich and colourful instrumentation – will be a veritable feast for music lovers, commemorating the 450th birthday of Claudio Monteverdi. Other stage performances will include Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (9.06.). This opera by Haendel’s  great predecessor, full of lightness and dance-like charm, is his most recognisable work today and a very interesting example of the English masque tradition combined with Italian opera. Vocal music of the Baroque and Classical periods will be introduced by such monumental compositions as the Mass in B minor and the Christmas Oratorio by J.S.Bach (14.12.), arias of the most famous operas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the cantata Berenice, che fai by Joseph Haydn (27.01.). Motets and cantatas by Hammerschmidt, Tunder, Kuhnau and Buxtehude (14.04.) will take us on a fascinating music journey into the world of pre-Bachian German composition. And the juxtaposition of the musical language of the early Baroque sonatas by Castello, Fontana, Pandolfi Mealli, Oswald and Jarzębski (5.05.) with that used 150 years later by Viennese classics, Mozart and Beethoven (3.03.), will be just as engaging and compelling.

The broad range of music genres and forms of the Baroque and Classical periods will be presented by ensembles widely known for their achievements in restoring historical performance practices: Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra (J.S. Bach), Les Arts Florissants under the baton of Paul Agnew (Monteverdi), Giovanni Antonini’s Il Giardino Armonico (Haydn and Mozart) and Orchestra and Chorus of the Age of Enlightenment, directed by Masaaki Suzuki (J.S. Bach). We will also host more recently established but equally prominent ensembles, such as Camerata Silesia, Hofkapelle München (Purcell), Ensamble Polyharmonique and {oh!} Historical Orchestra (Hammerschmidt and Buxtehude). We will hear outstanding soloists, such as Sandrine Piau (soprano), Rachel Podger and Martyna Pastuszka (violin), Andreas Staier and Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano) and Jana Semeradova (flute). The new Early Music season will offer an excellent opportunity to hear both famous masterpieces and works which are equally engrossing but rarely or hardly ever performed in Poland.

[Piotr Wilk]

date details subscription

Hofkapelle München / Alexander Liebreich

Concert hall

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna / Jana Semeradova

Chamber hall