Concert series Early music

Early music

In the 2017/ 2018 season, the Early Music concert series will comprise exclusively Baroque pieces. The Baroque was a breakthrough period in the history of music, very colourful and abounding in timeless compositions. This is why today we listen with fascination to the well-known Baroque masterpieces and, perhaps with even greater delight, discover some undeservedly forgotten pieces, not seldom true music jewels.

The opening concert (20.10) will be an excellent opportunity to listen to the diverse work of Mikołaj Zieliński, the most outstanding Polish composer before Chopin. Among Polish composers whose music is much too rarely performed these days, we will hear Adam Jarzębski’s pieces, which provide an interesting background to the famous Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda by Claudio Monteverdi (2.02). Other seventeenth century works will include Roman Passions by Giacomo Carissimi, Alessandro Melani and Marc-Antoine Charpentier  (30.03), as well as sonatas by Austrian composers: Heinrich Biber and Anton Schmelzer (25.05).

The majority of concerts will focus on the late Baroque music. Apart from such monumental masterpieces as the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (8.12) and St John Passion BWV 245 (18.03) by Johann Sebastian Bach, the audience will be treated to charming collections of opera arias and concertos by Antonio Vivaldi (13.04) and Georg Friedrich Händel (24.11). We will also hear Händel’s Acis and Galatea HWV 49a (12.01) and his concertos, juxtaposed with less widely known pieces by Johann Friedrich Fasch (2.03). One spring night will be devoted to music for viola da gamba and strings by French and German masters (Forqueray, Rebel, Rameau, Caix d’Hervelois, C.Ph.E. Bach, and J.G. Graun) (27.04). The season will close with Georg Philipp Telemann’s Tafelmusik (22.06).

Just like in previous seasons, the organisers have invited top artists. Katowice will host such renowned foreign ensembles as Marc Minkowski’s Les Musiciens du Louvre, Paul McCreesh’s Gabrieli Consort & Players, Philippe Herreweghe’s Collegium Vocale Gent, L’ensemble Correspondances led by Sébastien Daucé, and Ensemble Artaserse with Philipp Jaroussky. Polish ensembles will include Jakub Burzyński’s La Tempesta, The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna with Martyna Pastuszka, and Royal Baroque Ensemble with Lilianna Stawarz.

[Piotr Wilk]