Grand concert with music by Penderecki, Mozart and Bizet.
A monument to Poland’s history
Krzysztof Penderecki worked on A Polish Requiem for 25 years. Brick by brick, the work was built into a monument to the trauma and heroism of twentieth-century Poland. Written in 1980, the first movement, “Lacrimosa”, commemorates the deaths of at least 42 people in anti-government riots a decade earlier. The movement “Recordare” was written for the beatification of the Franciscan Maximilian Kolbe, while “Libera me, Domine” was written to commemorate the victims of the Katyn massacre. Another movement was added as recently as 2005, dedicated to Pope John Paul II. In total, the work consists of seventeen movements.
“Agnus Dei” was composed in 1981 in honour of the recently deceased Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, who had aided and protected the persecuted during both the Second World War and the communist era. The process to canonise Wyszyński began in 1989 and in 2017 his heroic virtue was declared by the Church, a step on the way to sainthood. Agnus Dei is written for a cappella choir, although there is also a version for a string orchestra, and it is this that will begin our concert programme.
Mozart’s successes in Prague
Mozart’s Symphony No. 38 is renowned for its complexity, especially in the long first movement, with its tightly interwoven themes and counterpoints. He wrote the work during his first visit to Prague, where it also premiered in January 1787. Mozart had recently enjoyed considerable success with The Marriage of Figaro and the first movement of the symphony quotes from the brief but action-packed scene in which the lovesick youth Cherubino jumps from the Countess’ window in order to avoid the jealous Count. The first movement also contains traces of the overture to Don Giovanni, which would also have its premiere in Prague later in 1787.
Bizet the theatrical composer
An orchestral suite is a summary of an opera, ballet or theatre piece, primarily written to popularise the source work. Alphonse Daudet's play L'Arlésienne (the Girl from Arles) is about a diffident young man who falls in love with a woman of ill repute, while at the same time he is courted by a more virtuous girl. It ends in tragedy. Georges Bizet wrote the incidental music to the play, which was first performed in Paris in 1872. The various musical number are closely linked to the play; however, by editing them into an orchestral suite, Bizet brought the music to life and gave it a context outside of the theatre. For that we can be grateful, as it includes some of Bizet’s most recognised work. The successful revival of Carmen in 1879, four years after Bizet’s death, created an enormous interest in his music. To meet this demand, his friend and assistant Ernest Guiraud compiled a second suite for orchestra from his music for L'Arlésienne.
The world’s most famous opera – but without songs
Carmen premiered in March 1875 and is one of the most performed operas in the world. The passionate musical score, in combination with the tempestuous and doomed love affair between Carmen and Don José, continues to exert an unfailing pull on opera audiences. The death of Bizet only three months after its premiere has only served to heighten its mystique. Just as with L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2, both of the Carmen suites where compiled by Ernest Guiraud. These were published in 1882 and 1887 respectively.
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Michał Nesterowicz dirigent
Efter tidigare succéfyllt samarbete med Malmö SymfoniOrkester är nu polske dirigenten Michał Nesterowicz återinbjuden till Malmö Live. Dirigentkarriären har gått spikrakt uppåt efter utbildningen i Wroclaw. Hans placeringar i toppskiktet i flera dirigenttävlingar ledde till inbjudningar från en lång rad orkestrar, och Nesterowicz har sedan dess dirigerat orkestrar som Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra och Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Nesterowicz är förste gästdirigent för Sinfonieorchester Basel.
Last updated 2020-01-29
Penderecki Agnus Dei for string orchestra, from A Polish Requiem
Mozart Symphony No. 38
- intermission -
Bizet excerpt from L’Arlésienne: Suite Nos. 1 and 2
Bizet Carmen: Suite Nos. 1 and 2
Malmö Symphony Orchestra
Michał Nesterowicz, conductor
Concert introduction at the Canal stage 6pm with
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