NOTE! This site uses cookies and similar technologies.

Like most websites, we use cookies to facilitate online booking and to ensure we give you the best possible experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume you're happy to receive cookies. You can learn more about changing your settings in our Privacy Policy.

Accept & close
05
October 2018
Friday
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław
Arvo Pärt – The Symphonies
Performers:

Tõnu Kaljuste – conductor
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic

Programme:

A. Pärt Symphony no. 1  'Polyphonic' 
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No . 3
Symphony No. 4 'Los Angeles'
Swansong

Tõnu Kaljuste / fot. Marco Anelli / ECM

Tõnu Kaljuste was born in Tallinn, Estonia, the son of a prominent choral conductor and music teacher. He began his musical education learning piano at the Tallinn Secondary Music School and then continued conducting studies at the Tallinn Conservatory with Jüri Variste and Roman Matsov. He later completed his postgraduate work at the Leningrad Conservatory with Professor J. Kudrjavtseva. Maestro Kaljuste began conducting the Ellerhein Chamber Choir in 1971, assuming full leadership in 1974. From 1978 to 1980, Mr Kaljuste served as professor of choral conducting at his alma mater, Tallinn Conservatory and also conducted the Estonian National Opera until 1985. Kaljuste was able to make the Ellerhein Chamber Choir a full-time professional choir in 1981 renaming them the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. During the years of the Soviet Communist occupation, all Estonian professional musicians were classified as government employees and were paid through the Estonian Soviet State Republic Philharmonic Society. With the reestablishment of Estonian independence in 1991, Tõnu Kaljuste and the EPCC were able to embark on establishing an international presence. In 1993, he established the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra as an accompanying ensemble for the chorus. Additionally, Kaljuste served as the principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir from 1994 to 2000 and of the Netherlands Chamber Choir from 1998 to 2000. Maestro Kaljuste was presented with the Japanese ABC Music Award in 1998 and has received the Robert Edler Prize for Choral Music. Tõnu Kaljuste is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.

Arvo Pärt was born in Paide, Estonia, in 1953. He studied at the Tallinn Conservatory and later worked as a sound engineer at Estonia Radio while composing music for film and theatre. His early concert music experimented with neo-classicism and avant-garde styles, which in 1962 begot censureship from the Soviet Composers Union.

Pärt’s Symphonies are something of a discrepancy within his output because, for Pärt, the symphony has always been an indicator of transition. The first, Polyphonic, written in 1963, just after commencing his studies is dedicated to Pärt’s teacher, Heino Eller. The First Symphony serves as testimony to the composer’s attempts to integrate avant-garde techniques with older aesthetic and structural elements. The piece, composed in two movements, is set in the Baroque style of a traditional Canon followed by the Prelude and Fugue.

The Second Symphony written during the second half of the 1960s is evidence of Pärt beginning to gain a sense of himself as a composer. This period is often characterized by Pärt’s struggle to reconcile competing instincts in his compositional style. Subsequently, Pärt's modernist credentials were cemented with his First and Second symphonies. However, the tumultuous years spanning from 1964 to 1968 ended in crisis following Credo.  At the first performance, the piece drew protest against the regime, due in part to its musical extremity, as well as its religious conviction. It was banned for professing the Christian faith. Following the event, Pärt went into a self-imposed creative exile for the next eight years.

The Third Symphony, from 1971, dates from yet another transitional period, during which Pärt attempted to fuse elements from the traditions of Gregorian chant, harmonic simplicity, and spiritual explorations into his Russian Orthodox faith. Composed during the aforementioned years of near-silence, by the time the Third premiered, Pärt had reconstructed his entire compositional method.

In 1976, Pärt successfully emerged from his silence having developed a new style influenced by early polyphony, which he called “tintinnabuli.” The technique entails one voice moving in a stepwise manner around a given pitch and another sounding a bell-like triad. Along with this new kind of tonality, Pärt designed strict rules to control how his harmonic voices move in combination with his melodic lines, explaining why his music sounds simultaneously ancient and modern.

The Fourth Symphony, written 37 years later, was dedicated to the then-imprisoned oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The work serves as the fourth episode in a series that contains some startling and remarkable music. Curiously, only the Fourth Symphony fits a conventional mould, the first three seemingly dissolve the classical symphony, deconstruct it, and put its entire structure and identity into question.

 

 

Alixandra Porembski, English Language Annotator

Tickets:
SEAT TYPE KINDS OF TICKETS PRICES
VIP
  • VIP ticket
60 PLN
zone I
  • Zone I – Normal ticket
  • Zone I – Reduced ticket
45 PLN
35 PLN
zone II
  • Zone II – Normal ticket
  • Zone II – Reduced ticket
  • NFM for Young Musicians
40 PLN
30 PLN
15 PLN
zone III
  • Zone III – Normal ticket
  • Zone III – Reduced ticket
  • NFM for Young Musicians
35 PLN
25 PLN
15 PLN

Similar events

15
November 2018 | Thursday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Sound of Bohemia | Leoš Janáček Filharmonie & Risto Joost
 
01
December 2018 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
A Beautiful Evening | Debussy & Tchaikovsky
 
07
December 2018 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Angels and Visitations
 
09
December 2018 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Rameau à la carte
 
Last tickets: 3
14
December 2018 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Film Music
 
15
December 2018 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
All Vivaldi
 
16
December 2018 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Film Music
 
Last tickets: 20
21
December 2018 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Christmas Concert | Bach & Vivaldi
 
28
December 2018 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Most Beautiful Christmas Carols
 
11
January 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Scottish Fantasy
 
16
January 2019 | Wednesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Simon Rattle
 
20
January 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Polish Violin Virtuosos
 
25
January 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Don Quixote
 
26
January 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Tango
 
01
February 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Brahms | Ein deutsches Requiem
 
09
February 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Dance Apotheosis | Beethoven and Mendelssohn
 
14
February 2019 | Thursday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Valentine Day Concert
 
15
February 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
At Gurre Castle
 
19
February 2019 | Tuesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Berliner Philharmoniker & Yannick Nézet-Séguin
 
22
February 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
La valse
 
23
February 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Bridge Meditation Britten Variation
 
08
March 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Miraculous Mandarin
 
15
March 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Fantasy on a Theme, Seven Winds and Brahms
 
16
March 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Mozart & Dreamers’ Circus
 
Last tickets: 45
24
March 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Telemann – St Luke Passion
 
29
March 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Sinfonia Buenos Aires
 
30
March 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
A Romance with Beethoven
 
07
April 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
All Boccherini
 
12
April 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Wagner, Mahler, Karłowicz | Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra & Paweł Przytocki
 
13
April 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
The Cosmic Lives of Trees
 
14
April 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
Stabat Mater II
 
16
April 2019 | Tuesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
J.S. Bach | St Matthew Passion
 
26
April 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Smetana, Sibelius, Adams
 
27
April 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Red Hall
Concert with a Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition prize-winner
 
05
May 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
From Breslau to Vienna
 
10
May 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
Oratorium Marianum
Reich, Takemisu, Swensen, Ginastera, Dun
 
10
May 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Sleeping Beauty
 
17
May 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
Philharmonic Hall
A Dance for Strings
 
22
May 2019 | Wednesday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Bach – Mass in B minor
 
31
May 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
The Carnival of the Animals
 
07
June 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Sinfonia Espansiva
 
14
June 2019 | Friday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Mahler Sixth Symphony | Closing of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Season
 
15
June 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall, reversed stage
Polish Baroque
 
22
June 2019 | Saturday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
Eroica
 
23
June 2019 | Sunday
Orchestral concerts
NFM, Main Hall
From Viennese Classics to Operetta Classics
 

The National Forum of Music, plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław, co-managed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, City of Wrocław and Lower Silesian Province, registered in Rejestr Instytucji Kultury run by the City of Wrocław as RIK 38/2014.

Patrons:

Wdrożenie e-usług w Filharmonii im. Witolda Lutosławskiego we Wrocławiu - etap 2 współfinansowany jest przez Unię Europejską ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego dla województwa dolnośląskiego na lata 2007 - 2013 oś priorytetowa 6. Wykorzystanie i promocja potencjału turystycznego o kulturalnego Dolnego Śląska (Turystyka i Kultura), działanie 6.5. Działania wspierające infrastrukturę turystyczną i kulturową.