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January 24 - Thursday 7.00 p.m.

Great Hall of the Royal Castle in Warsaw

Concert on the Eve of the 100th Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski?s Birth

Michał Bristiger ? programme conception

Małgorzata Dziewulska ? directorial guidance

Marcel Beekman ? tenor

Roksana Wardenga ? mezzo?soprano

Marcin Zdunik ? cello

AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of Tychy - Marek Moś ? conductor

texts read by Maja Komorowska

programme:

Witold Lutosławski [1913-1994]:

Funeral Music

The Sea from Five Songs for female voice and 30 solo instruments after poems by Kazimiera Iłłakowicz

Grave. Metamorphoses for cello and 13 string instruments

Paroles tissées for tenor, strings, harp, piano and percussion

and the texts by Paul Valéry, Henri Michaux and Cyprian Kamil Norwid

January 28 Monday, 7.00 p.m.

The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio

Symphony Concert

Garrick Ohlsson ? piano

The Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra - Jacek Kaspszyk ? conductor

programme:

Witold Lutosławski:

Fanfare for Louisville

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

Igor Stravinsky [1882-1971] Suite from The Firebird (1919 Version)

Maurice Ravel [1875-1937] La valse

January 29 Tuesday, 7.00 p.m.

The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio

Chamber Concert

Garrick Ohlsson ? piano

Lutosławski Quartet

Jakub Jakowicz ? violin I

Marcin Markowicz ? violin II

Artur Rozmysłowicz ? viola

Maciej Młodawski ? cello

programme:

Witold Lutosławski String Quartet

Béla Bartók [1881-1945] Piano Quintet

February 1 Friday, 7.00 p.m.

Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall

Scholarship recipients

Weronika Dziadek ? violin

Krzysztof Lasoń ? violin

Orchestra of the Capital Royal City of Cracow Sinfonietta Cracovia - Robert Kabara ? conductor

Jadwiga Czarkowska ? bass clarinet

Łukasz Owczynnikow ? double bass

Chamber Orchestra of the ?Chain 10? Festival - Wojciech Michniewski ? conductor

programme:

Grażyna Krzanowska [1952] Silver Line for 15 string instruments

Aleksander Lasoń [1951] Suibusium felix for two violins and strings

Andrzej Krzanowski [1951-1990] Symphony No. 2 for 13 string instruments

Tadeusz Wielecki [1954] The Time of Stones for the amplified double bass and chamber orchestra

Tomasz Opałka [1983] D.N.A. Concerto for bass clarinet and instrumental ensemble (world premiere)

Paweł Mykietyn [1971] 3 for 13 for 13 instruments

February 2 Saturday, 7.00 p.m.

Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall Symphony Concert

Elżbieta Szmytka ? soprano

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice ? Pierre-André Valade ? conductor

Choir of the Teatr Wielki?Polish National Opera -
Bogdan Gola
? preparation of the Choir

programme:

Witold Lutosławski

Silesian Triptych for soprano and orchestra

Symphony No. 2

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki [1933-2010]

Old Polish Music

Ad matrem

February 7 Thursday, 7.00 p.m.

The Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio

Cello Concerto ? Hésitant ? Direct

Andrzej Bauer ? cello, electronics, artistic direction

Cezary Duchnowski ? preparation of electroacoustic sound layer

Kwadrofonik Ensemble

Emilia Sitarz, Bartłomiej Wąsik ? pianos

Magdalena Kordylasińska, Miłosz Pękala ? percussion

February 8 Friday, 7.00 p.m.

Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall

Symphony Concert

Anna Radziejewska ? soprano

The Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Łukasz Borowicz ? conductor

programme:

Witold Maliszewski [1873-1939] Festive Overture in D op. 11 (contemporary world premiere)

Witold Lutosławski

Slides

Five Songs for female voice and 30 solo instruments after poems by Kazimiera Iłłakowicz

Ten Polish Dances

Mikołaj Rimski-Korsakow [1844-1908] Symphony No. 2 Antar op. 9

February 9 Saturday, 7.00 p.m.

Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall Symphony Concert

Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra - Krzysztof Penderecki ? conductor

programme:

Krzysztof Penderecki [1933] Symphony No. 5

Witold Lutosławski Concerto for Orchestra

In the Witold Lutosławski Centenary, the 10th ?Chain? festival differs from its earlier editions in that it is richer in the choice of repertoire and the number of participating ensembles. The kindness of al. partners enabled the festival concerts to be introduced into the most representative halls of Warsaw, although the National Philharmonic made the challenging condition that those works of Witold Lutosławski which have been scheduled by it for 2013 not be repeated.

As result, the 10th ?Chain? festival programs offer for the most part rarely performed works by Lutosławski. A special reward for this effort has been our co-authoring of a wonderful choice for music lovers visiting Warsaw ? in the Philharmonic Hall they will be able to listen to almost a complete set of Witold Lutosławski?s compositions. Such a gesture of acclaim for the Master is unmatched in the world, even taking into account the impressive initiatives of London and Berlin. Our considerable participation in this great project gives us reason for deep satisfaction.

It would be difficult to overestimate the value of the response from the ensembles which we have approached for our festival: not only did we not receive a singe refusal, but also al. the invitees were ready to offer their performance on an honorary basis. The motives were single in nature, and consisted of a desire to render public tribute to the highest-ranking art and personality of Lutosławski. In effect, each orchestra appears with a largely self-authored program, which nevertheless remains in harmony with the festival?s concept.

A situation in which the most outstanding Polish musicians stand in such solidarity and in such numbers is truly remarkable. The National Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio (NOSPR), and Sinfonia Varsovia, with the support of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the Polish Radio Orchestra have unanimously said that Witold Lutosławski?s art must be played and known at each geographical latitude, and particularly in Warsaw. They have added that knowing and performing this art abounds in happiness and experience of wise beauty. We could not ask for more.

Grzegorz Michalski
President of the Witold Lutosławski Society