Mikołaj Górecki Premieres

On October 11 at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Festival of Polish Composers in Bielsko-Biała, Gloria (2000) for choir and orchestra by Mikołaj Górecki was premiered. Also on the program were works by the composer’s father, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki—Canticum graduum op. 27, Dwie pieśni sakralne [Two Sacred Songs] to texts of M. Skwarnickiego Op. 30a (1971) for baritone and orchestra, and Kyrie for mixed choir and symphonic orchestra—as well as Wojciech Kilar’s Siwa mgła [Gray mist] for baritone and orchestra. The evening’s performers were the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and baritone Artur Ruciński, under the direction of Jacek Błaszczyk.

On the same night in Tychy, Poland, the younger Górecki’s Arioso and furioso – concerto for guitar, string orchestra and percussion was premiered by Łukasz Kuropaczewski and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś. This work was written in 2014 on commission for Prof. Alina Gruszka, the artistic director of the 15th International Festival “Silesian Guitar Autumn” and Jan Edmund Jurkowski Memorial Guitar Competition in Tychy.

[Sources: pwm.com.plfkpbb.pl]