Another concert in Wrocław with the participation of Daniel Stabrawa, concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, features works of three composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Andrzej Panufnik and Franz Schubert. Maestro Stabrawa will play/direct.
Mozart's Concerto in B flat major is the first of his five violin concertos. This is an early composition, written when the artist was almost 19 years old. However, even such a young author did not have problems with composing a piece that challenged the soloist with quite serious technical requirements. Moreover, it is not empty virtuosity, but an expression of Mozart's sense of humour emanating from a composition full of energy and joy.
Panufnik's Violin Concerto is completely different, commissioned by his friend Yehudi Menuhin. The composer accepted the offer with joy, and writing this work turned out to be a return to the world of his childhood. The artist's father was a luthier, and the first years of the future composer's life were saturated with the smells of wood and varnish, as well as a view of the instruments built in his father’s workshop. These experiences influenced the piece's reflective, warm and lyrical tone. They also made the composer living in England decide to write the third movement in the rhythm of a joyful oberek. Panufnik wrote: "I composed a piece that was supposed to show the soul of the performer rather than turn the violin neck into a gym for jumping fingers."
Schubert's Symphony No. 5 is also characterized by lightness and grace, like Mozart's featured concerto. It is a work written in a period in which the composer emphasized in his personal writings the great significance that the Eine kleine Nachtmusik had for him. That is why his own symphony is a cheerful and elegant work, orchestrated sparingly and with great sensitivity.