Górecki’s 4th Symphony – US Premiere

Written for orchestra, organ and piano, the Symphony No. 4 of the late Henryk Mikołaj Górecki will be given its US Premiere on January 16-18, 2015 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As the composer was unable to finish the score in 2010 due to ill health, the final version was orchestrated by Górecki’s son, Mikolaj Górecki. Maestro Andrey Boreyko will lead the Philharmonic, joined by violin soloist Nikolaj Znaider.

Górecki’s Fourth bears the subtitle Tansman Episody, paying homage to fellow Polish composer Alexandre Tansman. Thus, Tansman’s own work Stelè in memoriam Igor Stravinsky—which captures the close, respectful relationship that Tansman and Stravinsky shared after meeting in Hollywood in the 1940s—is also on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s program. As final touch, the immensely popular Violin Concerto of Jean Sibelius completes the program of the weekend.

The World Premiere of Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 was performed by the London Philharmonic with violinist Julian Rachlin and maestro Andrey Boreyko in the Royal Festival Hall in London on April 12, 2014. Górecki’s Symphony No. 4 was commissioned by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Southbank Centre, London, with generous support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in London; The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association: Gustavo Dudamel, Music Director; and the ZaterdagMatinee, Dutch radio’s classical music concert series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, January 16-18 | 8:00 pm & 2:00 pm
US Premiere of Górecki’s 4th Symphony by LA Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall –
111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Information & Tickets: www.laphil.com

[Sources: laphil.com, lpo.org.uk]