We are inaugurating the 2022/2023 artistic season
with a unique concert, which will be filled with the works of one of the most outstanding Polish composers Karol Szymanowski.
On this occasion, we have invited an exceptional soloist to the golden hall the world-famous violinist Alena Baeva
. She is the winner of the 1st prize in the 12th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2001 and the winner of the Niccolò Paganini in Moscow (2004). The artist regularly collaborates with conductors such as Kurt Masur or Sir Neville Marriner and gives concerts, among others, at Carnegie Hall (New York), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), and Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory or Théâtre des Champs-Elysées (Paris). She is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after violinists in the world ... read more
We will begin the evening with the Concert Overture in E major, Op. 12
- an expressive, youthful piece by Szymanowski. It will be a prelude to the Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35
, a work much more mature. Violin Concerto No. 1 is a highly innovative piece in which Szymanowski broke with his romantic heritage, replacing "drama" with an unusual intensity of emotions typical of expressionism.
We will end the evening with Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 19 2a
, widely regarded as the most outstanding orchestral work of young Szymanowski and one of the greatest achievements of Polish symphonic music. Although the composer was very proud of this symphony, he returned to it many times during his life. He improved the instrumentation of the first movement, while the second movement, as Szymanowski himself wished, was re-instrumented by Grzegorz Fitelberg in 1934-36.