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Press information 31.05.2014

Prof. Hartmut Rohde, violist, chamber musician and conductor - new artistic director of the NFM Leopoldinum - chamber orchestra (from September 2014)

“Stereotypical playing is definitely not his cup of tea,

the evening showed how he can fulfil his Musicality with Inspiration and strength of Imagination.”

(Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

"...a freshness and spontaneity that sparkle in everything he plays"

(The Strad).

 
Prof. Hartmut Rohde Fot. Bogusław Beszłej
  Fot. Bogusław Beszłej

After seven fruitful years under the direction of Ernst Kovacic, it will be a next important move in the history of the Leopoldinum. New director will continue created by Kovacic artistic ideas and will also implement his new repertoire’s and performance style proposals.

The orchestra was shaped by few musical personalities but the most influential towards its artistic nature was Karol Teutsch who created a tradition of artistic director who can combine her/his performance virtuosity with conducting and can find and connect the best individual skills of orchestra’s musicians. Inviting Prof. Rohde is not only orchestra’s appreciations for his many artistic achievements but also belief into ensemble‘s tradition of artistic ideas, both: orchestra and artistic director.

Hartmut Rohde is professor for viola at the University of Arts (UdK) in Berlin since 1993. He is also visiting professor and Honorary Member at the Royal Academy of Music London, where he is teaching chamber music courses. Hartmut Rohde is lecturer at many international master classes throughout Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia. Through recognition in various Competitions like f.ex. 1st prize in the Deutschen Musikwettbewerb and prize-winner in the International Naumburg Competition in New York, 1991, Hartmut Rohde’s performing career has blossomed to be intense and richly international both in Europe and worldwide. Hartmut Rohde’s main interests lie in the historic analysis of various musical styles. New perspectives and experiences in the discussion of music serve as a basis for his unique style of interpretation.

As a soloist Hartmut Rohde has performed with orchestras under the direction of Kent Nagano, Paavo Järvi, Massimo Zanetti or Juozas Domarkas at the Berliner Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Ravinia-Festival (Chicago), Concert du Louvre (Paris), Festival Pablo Casals (France), Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Beethoven Easter festival Warschau, and many others. As a much sought after chamber musician, he has played with Heinrich Schiff, David Geringas, Daniel Hope, Michel Lethiec, Jérémy Menuhin, the Tallich- Quartett, Vogler-Quartett, Vermeer-Quartett. Chamber orchestras he has worked with include: Münchner Kammerorchester, Mannheimer Kammerorchester, Berliner Kammerorchester or Lithauische Kammerorchester.

Always being open to new possibilities of conveying the language of music is an important aspect of life for him, which is what led Hartmut Rohde also to work in the spheres of Modern Music with such composers as Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, Kristof Maratka, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jörg Widmann, Ursula Mamlok and Brett Dean.

His assignment during the year when Wroclaw will play a role as the European Capital of Culture (2016), will be very important in the history of the Leopoldinum.

Edited by Barbara Migurska

Leopoldinum manager,

www.leopoldinum.art.pl

 
Leo Festiwal 2014
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Leo Festiwal

Leo Festiwal
Leo Festiwal
 
On May 11th, 2014 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic…

… Ernst Kovacic will lead Leopoldinum in the solely string repertoire.  Andante grazioso and Capriccio of Robert Fuchs, composer who was teaching so many future famous artists like  George Enescu, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Jean Sibelius, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Robert Stolz … , will be performed in both parts of this concert.   In the program also Mozart’s Divertimento and for the first time in the Leopoldinum’s repertoire – Brahms’  Liebeslieder Waltzes.  Those 18 romantic waltzes are composer’s tribute to the Waltz King – Johannes Strauss, whom Brahms really admired.  

Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
Cantata Seven Last Words from the Cross

MacMillanBy James MacMillan and two Johann Sebastian Bach’s violin concertos (in A Minor and in E Major) will be performed this coming Sunday on April 13th, 2014 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic by:
Philharmonic Choir, orchestra Leopoldinum and Ernst Kovacic as soloist and conductor.
“…a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners.” — The Guardian
 
Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
HEINRICH SCHIFF AND LEOPOLDINUM

schiff_088 Leopoldinum’s concert under the direction of Heinrich Schiff will take place on March 30th, 2014 in the Wroclaw Philharmonic hall.  In the program works of Mozart, Dutilleux and Tchaikovsky.  Rózsa Farkas will play solo part on Hungarian cymbalum.
 Schiff was only 19 years old when Witold Lutosławski invited him to perform his cello concerto and under his baton at the Warsaw Autumn in 1973.  Critics’ award – “Orphee” -  was presented to Schiff after this performance.  Thanks to Hans Swarowsky and still during his cello solo career Schiff became interested in conducting.   He leaded such great ensemble like Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Northern Sinfonia, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Bruckner Orchester Linz and Wiener KammerOrchester.
 Rózsa Farkas graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and for three times was nominated to the Anna Fischer Fellowship by the Culture Ministry in Hungary.


Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
Ottavia Maria Maceratini

March 16th, 2014 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert Hall

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Ottavia Maria Maceratini and Leopoldinum under the direction of Lavard Skou Larsen will perform piano concerto by Galina Ustovolskaja (forgotten for a long time Russian talented composer but discovered again in late 90s).

Maceratini is a laureate of many piano competitions in Italy, her recording of Schumann and Rameau works was nominated in 2012 by the prestigious International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). Larsen cooperates with such great ensembles like: European Union Chamber Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, Georgisches Kammerorchester/Ingolstadt and many others. He was a member of the Camerata Academica from 1991 and was teaching in Mozarteum in Salzburg in the class of Thomas Zehetmair. From 2002 he is leading his own class.

In the program also Mozart ‘s works and Arnold Schőnberg’s Verklärte Nacht.

Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

Galina Ustwolska

 
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI AND LEOPOLDINUM

KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKIIt will be a pleasure for the Leopoldinum orchestra to welcome and for the first time to work with Maestro Penderecki .  Prof. Penderecki  will lead the program of his own works and Dvorak’s Serenade.  One of the best clarinetist – Michel Lethiec – will be soloist.  Michel Lethiec, besides his concert activities, leads master classes at the Ecole Britten, in Academy in Nice, also at academies in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong-Kong.  He is a professor a t the Conservatorie National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and Music Academy in Nice and also artistic director of the Pablo Casals de Prades festival.
March 2nd, 2014, at 6:00 pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic

Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl
Lethiec

 
February 16th, 2014

Leopoldinum’s artistic director Ernst Kovacic, will lead the orchestra on February 16th, 2014 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall with the program:
bergAlban Berg – Lyric Suite and two works of Anton Dvorak: Nocturne and Serenade.
Inspired by his great love to singer Hanna Fuchs-Robettin Lyric Suite was composed during 1925-26 and is recognized as the most beautiful of his works.  .  Titles of all parts suggest his emotions including other composers’ citations (Zemlinski, Wagner).

Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
LEOPOLDINUM IN FRENCH REPERTOIRE - Debussy, Rameau, Ravel

Nurhan Arman from Toronto, leader of the  Canada Sinfonia,  has conducted to critical acclaim in many countries, both in America and in Europe.  Served as jury member at many competitions including the International Grzegorz Fitelberg Conducting Competition in Katowice.  Critics hailed Maestro Arman as a "fascinating and striking musical personalityö. 
He is currently the Music Director of Symphony New Brunswick, Northern Music Festival and as Principal Guest Conductor of the Armenian Philharmonic.
He has taught conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, Orford Arts Centre and the Northern Music Festival.

zdjFebruary 2nd, 2014, 6:00 pm at the Wroclaw Philharmonic

Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
GREAT FUGE FOR THE BEGINNING ...

…followed by works of Toru Takemitsu, Arvo Pärt,  Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss and interpreted by Leopoldinum under the direction of Viennese conductor.
Niels MuusNiels Muus, conductor with great repertoire and experience with many European, American and Japan ensembles.  Mozarthaus Wien project advisor and artistic director of the Mozart cycle in Vienna and in Japan.  He will conduct Leopoldinum on January 26th, 2014  at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall.
Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
January 4th, 2014

TANGO ARGENTINO on January 4th, 2014 at 6pm

Christian Danowicz will lead first part of the concert and solo parts will be performed by Wies¨aw Prządka, one of the best accordionist and bandoneonist in Poland.
Second part of the Leopoldinum and Philharmonic Choir will be conducted by Dawid Jarząb, laureate of the last December conducting competition at the Wroclaw Academy of Music.  Solo part in the mass will sing Aleksandra Hruby, mezzosopran.
In the program works of  Piazzolla, Gardela, Galliano and Martin Palmieri’s Missa Tango.

Wiesław PrządkaTickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
December 15th

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Leopoldinum under the direction of Ernst Kovacic

Special guest, composer Roxanna Panufnik, will be present at our concert on December 15th, 2013, at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic.
World premiere of her work dedicated to the Leopoldinum  u.t. Two Composers – Two Hands, was created to the memory of  Roxanna’s father Andrzej and Witold Lutosławski.   It was commissioned and financed by the Ministry of Culture and the National Heritage among the program Collections – Composers’ Commissions 2012-2013, realized  by the Music and Dance Institute. 

Roxana PanufnikIn the program also Andrzej Panufnik’s Concertino for timpani, percussion and strings and Beethoven’s string quartet.
Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
December 6th at 7pm

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Christian Danowicz, LEOPOLDINUM’s concertmaster, will lead orchestra as part of the St. Nicholas’ souvenir to our music lovers.  In the program works of  Holst,  Villa-Lobos, Dvoraka, Komeda, Shostakovich, Piazzolla and Brahms - December 6th at 7pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic.
Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
November 30th, 2013

 

Hartmut Rohde is one of the eminent viola teacher in prestigious universities in Berlin and London, and laureate of international competitions (f.ex. 1st prize in Deutschen Musikwettwerb or International Naumburg Competition in New York).   As soloist, chamber musician and conductor he gives concerts all around the world.
He will lead Leopoldinum in the program with works by Carl Philipp Emanueal Bach, Philipp Jarnach, Felix Mendelssohn and Paul Hindemith’s Trauermusik  – for solo viola and strings.

Please, come to the concert on November 30th, 2013 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic.

Hartmut RohdeTickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
IN THE AULA LEOPOLDINA

W AULI LEOPOLDYŃSKIEJ

Two outstanding artists will perform with the Leopoldinum orchestra on November 24th (Sunday) at 6pm: Benjamin Bayl, guest conductor of many orchestras around the world and Robert Murray, tenor, known soloist in the oratorio-cantata repertoire in British and world ensembles’. Both artists are known to our audience from the festival Wratislavia Cantans and recording of the Hector Berlioz Mass.

In the program among others Dies Natalis – Gerald Finzi’s cantata composed in the form of Bach’s solo cantata and famous work of Richard Strauss – Metamorphosen.

Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
CONCERT WITH THE WROCŁAW PHILHARMONIC BOYS’ CHOIR

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Ernst Kovacic will lead this very interesting program that will include not only Witold Lutos¨awski’s Childrens’ Songs but also the premiere of the Alban Berg’s Sonata and Sextet by born in Breslau composer Eduard Franck.  Wilhelm Altman, one of the most known critics wrote: "This excellent composer does not deserve the neglect with which he has been treated. He had a mastery of form and a lively imagination which is clearly reflected in the fine and attractive ideas one finds in his works."
Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
LEOPOLDINUM IN THE MOST CHAMBER SETTING

Christian DanowiczBrilliant and full of energy Mendelssohn’s Octet in E flat Major was written by 16 years old composer  as a birthday present to his teacher and close friend Eduard Rietz.  Another excellent Octet in C Major was written by one of the most acknowledged XX century composer  Geroge Enescu, Rumanian  violinist, pianist and conductor.
Those two works will be performed by Leopoldinum’s musicians under the direction of concertmaster Christian Danowicz on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall.
Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl in the Philharmonic box Office tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
11 października 2013
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Achim FiedlerW najbliższy piątek, 11 października 2013 o godzinie 19:00 w Sali Koncertowej Filharmonii Wrocławskiej, orkiestrą Leopoldinum zadyryguje Achim Fiedler, laureat jednej z nagród w konkursie G. Fitelberga.
W repertuarze koncertu muzyka rosyjska: cykl pieśni Musorgskiego „Z dziecięcej izby” wykona Antonia Bourvé, sopran a w programie między innymi także wariacje Areńskiego i słynna serenada Czajkowskiego.
Bilety w cenie VIP 50zl, N 30zl, U 20zl w kasie Filharmonii tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.plantonia_portrait

 
FOR THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEW SEASON: MOZART ONLY!!!

Ernst Kovacic and Leopoldinum will inaugurate season 2013-2014 by performing three violin concertos by Mozart: in G Major, D Major and A Major on September 29th at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Concert Hall.
Ernst Kovacic Tickets: VIP 50zl, N 30z¨, U 20z¨, tel. 71 342 24 59, rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl

 
Gaba Kulka
June 8th, 2013 at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall: Gaba Kulka, vocal and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, violin With the orchestra Leopoldinum

Gaba Kulka is a composer, vocalist and piano soloist. Her music is a mixture of various styles – from jazz through piano rock to the Weill cabaret. Her musical imagination and freedom in crossing the borders of styles is highly prized and applauded. She presented about few hundreds of concerts since 2009 performing songs of Czesław Niemen in Sopot, Serge Gainsburg in the National Theater and Madonna’s in the club Chlodna 25 in Warsaw.

One of the best violinists of his generation, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, was already highly prized as 17th year old student at the N. Paganini International Violin Competition in Genua. International carrier began as the 1st Prize Winner at the International Violin Competition in Munich. He performed with such famous orchestras as f.ex.: Berliner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra.

Works of K. Lipiński and G. Kulka will be conducted/leaded by Christian Danowicz.  Gaba Kulka

 

 
Leo Festiwal
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Leo Festiwal

 
Orchestra Leopoldinum
Orchestra Leopoldinum invites you in May for two concerts in Wroclaw, for the Leo Festiwal  (http://www.leofestiwal.pl) and for the film MANIA with Pola Negri under the direction of Jerzy Maksymiuk on May 2nd, 2013 at 9pm  in Gdynia.
TrioTrio Leopoldinum Solosists + Krzysztof Jakowicz, violin and Mischa Kozłowski, piano – will perform on May 11th, 2013 at 6pm in the Aula Leopoldina the following program: Mozarts’s Divertimento in E flat Major KV 563 and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor op.34.
On May 18th at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall guests from Belgium: Olivier Robe, conductor and Judith Ermert, cello, will perform works of Mozart, Haydn, Shostakovich and Hindemith.  Hindemith’s works are being performed around the world this year quite often – 50 years passed since his death.  Trauermusik for solo viola or cello and strings was composed in 1936 for the memory of King George V who died on January 20th the same year.  First performance took place on January 22nd, 1936 in London, performed by composer himself and orchestra BBC under the direction of Adrian Boult.
Tickets: rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl, tel. 71/792-10-00
 
Clarimania 2013
 Leopoldinum will perform the concert during the V International Clarinet Festival – Clarimania 2013, on April 25th at 7pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall.  Jan Jakub Bokun will lead the program with soloists from France and Israel: Shirley Brill, Florent Heau and Jean-Michel Bertelli. 

 
 
MENDELSSOHN AND BEETHOVEN
Monika Michaliszyn, Ewa Pieronkiewicz, Łukasz Wilda and Jerzy Butrym, soloists,  Leopodinum’s musicians together with Wroclaw Philharmonic’s musicians and Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir directed by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny – will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C Major op.86 under the baton of Ernst Kovacic.   The concert will take place on April 20th, 2013 at 6pm at the Wroclaw Philharmonic.  In the first part of the concert – Leopoldinum will perform Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.  Mendelssohn discovered Mass in C Major and was its first performer ca 10 years after composer’s death.

 
Hiro Kurosaki, conductor and violinist

H. Kurosaki has been one of the artists in most demand in the area of interpretation for historical instruments. Apart from studying violin  at the University of Music in Vienna and participating at master
courses with N. Milstein, he also studied architecture and art history. Being award winner of two well known violin competitions (Henryk Wieniawski and Fritz Kreisler), he started his career as violinist very early, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Vienna Symphony and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.
For many years H. Kurosaki has been studying intensively the baroque violin and the historically informed performing practice and has worked closely with J. Savall and W. Christie, among others. He has performed together with Les Arts Florissants and  London Baroque.

He has been an assistant professor for baroque violin and historically informed performing practice at the University of Music in Vienna, the Mozarteum in Salzburg and since 2005 also at the Real Conservatorio in Madrid.

On April 13th, 2013 at 6pm at the Wroclaw Philharmonic  Hiro Kurosaki will lead the Leopoldinum in the repertoire consisting such composers as Telemann, Vivaldi, Mozart …

 
Still in March 3 orchestra’s concerts in the Wrocław Philharmonic

Tomasz Bugaj will lead orchestra in works of Vivaldi, Schnittke and Britten on March 16th, 2013.  Soloists:  Chrisitan Danowicz and Jarosław Pietrzak, violins.
Piano trio Warsaw Erato Trio and Ernst Kovacic on March 23rd 2013  in the Martinu and  Janacek works.
Famous Schubert’s The Trout quintet will be performed on March 24th by the Leopoldinum Trio Soloists and guests from Portugal: Felipe and Tiago Ribeiro.  In the program also compositions of Mahler and Hindemith.

Tickets: rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl, tel. 71/792-10-00

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JOSEPH WOLFE March 9th, 2013 at 6:00 pm at the Wroclaw Philharmonic Hall

 

For the second time Joseph Wolfe will work with LEOPOLDINUM, this time in the repertoire with Elgar, Holst and Beethoven.  MalwinaLipiec will perform solo part in the piece Sospiri by Elgar.

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Beethoven’s Quartet op.95 is the consequent piece from the chamber repertoire arranged for the string orchestra.  Beethoven said in 1810, the year of completing the piece, that “it is written for a small circle of connoisseurs and is never to be performed in public”.  It had to wait until 1814 to be performed in public and until 1816 to be published.  Some biographers mentioned that this work was a result of his unhappy love to Teresa Malfatti.

 
Leopoldinum in February 2013

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… will play under the direction of two distinguished conductors.
Joseph Swensen, violinist, composer and conductor, an American of Norwegian and Japanese descent, who maintains residences in Copenhagen (Denmark), New York and Vermont (USA), will perform on February 2nd at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic hall.     Joseph Swensen cooperates with many best orchestrasaround the world,  performs chamber music and  is the founder and artistic director of Unity Hills Arts Centers International, a charitable aid organization.  Will perform works of Prokofiev, Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
Ola Rudner, also violinist, former concertmaster of such ensembles like Camerata Salzburg and Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, and now chef conductor of the WürttenbergischePhilharmonie in Reutlingen, will perform on February 16th at 6pm in the Wroclaw Philharmonic.  Katarzyna Zdybel, Wroclaw Philharmonic bassoon soloist and laureate of many competitions and John Kruse from Denmark, clarinetist and also laureate of many prizes and concourses (Royal Danish Orchestra’s soloist)  will perform Richard Strauss’ Duet.   In the program works of P. Hindemith, R. Strauss and W.A. Mozart.
tickets: rezerwacje@nfm.wroclaw.pl, tel. 71/792-10-00

 
On January 26th, 2013

Leopoldinum w Palace of Arts w Budapeszcie

Leopoldinumin the Festival Theatre of the Palace of Arts in Budapest
On January 26th, 2013 at 7:30 pm orchestra under the direction of Ernst Kovacic will perform the program that will not only present Polish music but to point out the Lutoslawski Year:
ZygmuntKrauze Rhapsod
GyörgyLigeti  Ramifications
Andrzej Krzanowski Symphony No. 2 for 13 string instruments
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WitoldLutosławski Preludes and Fugue for 13 solo strings
Clements Dominy ofMusicweb International wrote the following after listening to the Leopoldinum’s recording of Lutosławski’s Preludes and Fugue:

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[…] The Preludes and Fugue on 8.555270 is superbly intense, with all of the chamber-music sparkle and dramatic contrasts one could want from this piece. […] The strings of the Wroclaw Chamber Orchestra (Leopoldinum) do a superb job, though it is almost as if a tinge of Baroque historical performance style has entered their playing, with a cleaner tone and lesser degrees of vibrato when compared with Wit’s Polish National RS orchestra. I like both recordings and appreciate the fine qualities of this CD Accord production, but there are some gains to be had in the aforementioned intensity of the Naxos recording. It is where the eloquence of some passages in the Preludium 3 for instance, that the clarity of the Wroclaw playing begins to tell. The little pizzicato sections and fragmentary notes here and elsewhere also have a more natural, less self-conscious feel, and the spine-tingling sustained effects from Preludium 4 grow out of an emotional base which seems to have its roots in a far deeper and darker, more violent place. The final Fugabrings a catch to my throat and tears to my eyes in this recording, so good is it. […]