The fourth season of Chamber Ensembles of NOSPR will keep our musicians as busy as ever. Although playing in chamber groups is not central to their professional lives, for many, the opportunity to develop in this direction is a source of true artistic satisfaction.
The next months will bring a number of interesting events, often very much in line with the main trends of this year and season.
One of the November concerts (9.11) is part of the NOSPR’s celebration of the 80th death anniversary of three outstanding composers: Karol Szymanowski, Maurice Ravel, and George Gershwin. On this occasion, we will hear several of their excellent chamber pieces performed by the NOSPR concertmasters Rafał Zambrzycki and Łukasz Frant, violinists Nikola Gajownik and Anna Szabelka, and pianist Piotr Sałajczyk: Szymanowski’s famous Mity (Myths), Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello and rhapsody Tzigane, and fragments of Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.
Three other concerts (15.02, 10.05, and 14.06) belong to the all-year-round series “Little known Polish music” planned especially for the year 2018, the centenary of Poland’s regained independence. Their programmes include pieces which are indeed worth bringing back, such as chamber works by Władysław Żeleński, Aleksander Tansman, and composers who were developing their unique musical ideas in the early 1970s (Górecki, Serocki, Kilar, and Krauze).
As in the previous years, the chamber repertoire of the NOSPR will be enhanced by the AdAstra Trio, this time presenting two highly emotional, “elegiac” piano trios by Sergei Rachmaninoff. It is worth reminding that the gigantic Trio élégiaque in D Minor was the composer’s reaction to the news of the death of Tchaikovsky, his master and mentor.
This season will also abound in classical music performed by the NOSPR youngest generation of musicians: Paulina Kaczmarczyk (oboe), Bartosz Pacan (clarinet), Paweł Cal (French horn), and Cezary Rembisz (bassoon), who, together with Szczepan Kończal (piano), will present Mozart’s and Beethoven’s Quintets for Piano and Winds.
The NOSPR String Sextet under the direction of Piotr Tarcholik is coming back after a one-year break, this time with Sextets by Brahms and Dohnanyi (both in B-flat Major).
We will also hear an unusual ensemble of eight cellos directed by Łukasz Frant (30.11). Some pieces, such as Orawa by Wojciech Kilar and Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki, will be arranged specially for this lineup.
Concert programmes of this series will also commemorate the centenary of Claude Debussy’s death. We will hear his String Quartet in G Minor (22.03) and the cycle for two pianos En blanc et noir (22.02), together with many other pieces by French composers – his contemporaries or younger, writing under his influence or connected with the group Les Six (14.12, 18.01, 25.01, 19.04, 28.06).
We will also continue and further develop our South American thread. Music of this continent (by Nepomuceno, Piazzolla, Ginastera, and Aguiar) is the focus of the concert by the NOSPR string orchestra under the baton of José Maria Florêncio (24.05). Piazzola’s Concierto will feature outstanding soloists: Łukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar) and Maciej Frąckiewicz (bandoneon).
The season will close with substantial fragments of Piazzolla’s operetta María de Buenos Aires (30.06) with Maria Navarette singing the title part together with the NOSPR musicians. Klaudiusz Baran will play the bandoneon, indispensable in this programme, and Krzysztof Meisinger, the guitar. Both these concerts will take place in the NOSPR concert hall.
See you at the Chamber Ensembles concerts!