The Voices Of The Mountains

In the music of Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and Wojciech Kilar

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.

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


The 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

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