The latest edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia series “Resounds. New Polish Music” opened with a concert on 11 January at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw. The program was inspired by a musical retrospective of the interwar period, and included compositions by Agata Zubel, Emil Młynarski and Luciano Berio performed by soloist Adam Siebers and conducted by Wilson Hermanto.

Fireworks (2018) by Agata Zubel is the composer’s musical view on the hundred years of the Polish nation. The eight-minute work for extended symphony orchestra—filled with fireworks of musical thoughts, impressions and sound reminiscences—has reached international audiences and aroused widespread admiration. In August 2018, Fireworks earned Agata Zubel the European Composer Award.

This program choice was prompted by the 100th anniversary of the premiere of the Second Violin Concerto in D major by Emil Młynarski—­violinist, conductor, composer, and organizer of Warsaw’s musical life. Set in the tradition of European music, with a virtuoso solo part compared to Wieniawski’s concertos, it was performed by violinist and second concert master of Sinfonia Varsovia, Adam Siebers.

The program will also include Rendering (1989) by Italian composer Luciano Berio, inspired by the discovery of sketches of the unfinished 10th Symphony in D major by Franz Schubert. Its premiere took place exactly 30 years ago at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.