A concert version of the opera Hagith by Karol Szymanowski, the best Polish chamber music, songs by Witold Lutosławski, forgotten works by Konstanty Gorski and gems of the Polish Baroque – this is the 17th edition of the Festival of Polish Music in Krakow, which will take place on 8-18 July 2021.

The opening concert (8 July, St. Catherine’s Church) will feature the one-act opera Hagith by Karol Szymanowski , loosely based on the biblical story of King David (the Old King) and the beautiful girl Abishag (Hagith) and written in the style of German expressionism. Joanna Zawartko will play the title role, Wojciech Parchem will play the Old King, and Stanisław Napierała will play the Young King. The work will be performed in a concert version with the Choir and Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic, conducted by Maestro Maciej Tworek.

On the second day of the festival (9 July, Collegium Novum Aula of the Jagiellonian University), audiences will hear 19th and 20th century chamber music for clarinet and piano. Works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed alongside compositions by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Witold Friemann

Witold Lutosławski’s dance songs (11 July, Stu Theatre), written in the 1950s and early 1960s under the pseudonym ‘Derwid’, will be presented by the world-renowned soprano Elżbieta Szmytka, accompanied by the accordionist Janusz Wojtarowicz, founder and leader of the famous Motion Trio.

Chamber works by Maciej Radziwiłł and Mieczysław Karłowicz will be presented by chamber musicians of the Kraków Philharmonic under the baton of František Mack (16 July, Manggha Museum). The rarely played Double Concerto for Oboe and Harp by Witold Lutosławski will be performed by Czech chamber musicians: oboist Vilém Veverka and harpist Kateřina Englichová.  The outstanding mezzo-soprano Ewa Biegas will perform with tenor Stanisław Napierała in a concert entitled “The Master and the Student” (17 July, Collegium Novum Aula of the Jagiellonian University). They will present 12 Songs, Op. 22 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and a series of songs by Konstanty Antoni Gorski, a forgotten Polish composer of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. 

In the middle of June, the program of the final concert of the Festival, featuring pianist Piotr Orze­chow­ski con­cert and the pre­mie­re of his work Mis­sa si­ne ver­bis, was can­cel­led. The new program of the fi­nal concert (18 July, St. Fran­cis Church) will now include works by Sta­ni­sław Syl­we­ster Sza­rzyń­ski, Mar­cin Jó­zef Że­brow­ski and Grze­gorz Ger­wa­zy Gor­czyc­ki, per­for­med by the Wro­cław Ba­ro­que En­sem­ble led by An­drzej Ko­sen­diak.

July 8-18, 2021 I various times
17th Festival of Polish Music
Various locations
Info & full schedule: www.fmp.org.pl

[Source: polmic.pl, fmp.org.pl]