The Voices of the Mountains

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In music by Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Wojciech Kilar

  • About the concert

    A great triumph of Polish highland music – the concert has toured the world stages in more ways than an echo for years, evoking genuine admiration, but it always returns to Warsaw. Music by three distinguished Polish composers: Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar, was combined into a highland-themed musical stage event. Szymanowski highly appreciated the voices of Podhale, chiefly for their ‘primal savagery, painstaking forging of shapes that never hopelessly drown in a bloodless sea of ​​sentimentality, and finally – their inherent imaginative malleability’. Górecki’s fascination with folklore goes further, ‘flowing from the highlands over to the sea’, as evidenced by his song collection My Vistula, Gray Vistula. Kilar, on the other hand, has composed Orava –  the greatest of symphonic hits inspired by the ‘Krzesany’ highland dance theme. The artists performing in the show come from different worlds. Sebastian Karpiel-Bułecka, who has flirted with pop music, is joined by Janusz Olejniczak, Atom String Quartet and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra Quartet. It will without a doubt be an eventful evening. Please leave your highland shepherd’s axes (or ‘ciupagas’, as we refer to them in Polish) in the cloakroom.

  • Performers

    Conducted by Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Concept and script: Waldemar Dąbrowski, Janusz Olejniczak, Jolanta Trykacz
    Music director: Janusz Olejniczak
    Music arranged by: Jan Smoczyński
    Executive producer and project coordinator: 2T Vision Promotion sp. z o.o.

    Featuring: 
    Janusz Olejniczak – piano 
    Jan Smoczyński – keyboard instruments
    Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka’s Highland Quartet 
        Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka – vocals, violin, highland bagpipes, shepherd instruments
        Bartłomiej Kudasik – violin, viola
        Wojciech Topa – violin 
        Józef Chyc – highland basy 
    Atom String Quartet
        Dawid Lubowicz – violin
        Lucjan Szaliński-Bałwas – violin
        Michał Zaborski – viola 
        Krzysztof Lenczowski – cello
    NEO String Quartet:
        Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka – violin
        Paweł Kapica – violin
        Michał Markiewicz – viola
        Krzysztof Pawłowski – cello  
    Jan Młynarski – drums 
    Michał Barański – double-bass

  • Programme

    1. Traditional Highland Melodies 
    Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka Quartet 

    2. Piano Concerto 
    Written by Wojciech Kilar

    Janusz Olejniczak
    Jan Smoczyński
    Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka Quartet 
    Atom String Quartet
    NEO String Quartet
    Michał Barański
    Jan Młynarski

    3. Lulaj [Sleep]
    Written by Fryderyk Chopin 

    Janusz Olejniczak
    Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka

    4. Piano Concerto Op. 40
    Written by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

    Janusz Olejniczak
    Atom String Quartet
    NEO String Quartet

    5. Traditional Highland Melodies 
    Kwartet Sebastiana Karpiela Bułecki

    6. Mazurka Op. 50 No. 1
    Written by Karol Szymanowski

    Janusz Olejniczak
    Bartłomiej Staniak
    Jan Smoczyński
    Michał Barański
    Jan Młynarski

    7. Mazurka Op. 50 No. 2
    Written by Karol Szymanowski

    Janusz Olejniczak

    8. Zakopane
    Written by Mateusz Smoczyński

    Atom String Quartet

    9. Orawa
    Written by Wojciech Kilar

    Janusz Olejniczak
    Sebastian Karpiel Bułecka Quartet 
    Atom String Quartet
    NEO String Quartet
    Jan Smoczyński
    Michał Barański
    Jan Młynarski

  • Performances
    • 20:00