The concert will begin with the well-known, light work of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, followed by two pieces for violin and string orchestra – one by Krzesimir Dębski, the other by Mieczysław Weinberg. The whole will be crowned with a colourful and effective composition by Maurice Ravel.
The Variations on a Rococo Theme is the only important piece in Tchaikovsky's oeuvre intended for solo cello. The title can be misleading because the theme used as the basis for the variation was composed by Tchaikovsky himself, it is only like the music of the Classicist era. It is a graceful and elegant pastiche of the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so appreciated by the Russian composer. The work consists of a theme and eight variations. The ensemble accompanying the soloist is small. In terms of the line-up, the composer referred to classicist works, using flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns and strings. During the concert, the solo part will be performed by Tomasz Daroch, one of the most respected Polish cellists of the young generation.
Krzesimir Dębski is a versatile artist who creates in various styles. He works as a conductor, jazz violinist, and writes film, theatre, ballet and classical music for various ensembles. He summed up his approach to composing as follows: “I have worked in almost every music industry. Rockers consider me a rock musician, jazzmen a jazzman, and still others a composer of film music. Meanwhile, I know that my world is the world of classical music. I spend around eighty percent of my time composing classical, contemporary music – sometimes even more. During the concert, Dębski’s work Dos lid far a jidisze fidl for violin and string orchestra, premiered in 2009, will be performed. Then we will listen to the Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for violin and string orchestra, a composition by Weinberg, completed in 1949. Although this artist was born in Warsaw and was educated there, he spent his entire adult life in the Soviet Union. His rich legacy is only now gaining popularity.
Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin is, like the work of Tchaikovsky, a stylization of the music of the past, but this time the artist used a Baroque suite as a model, a set of dances. The original six-movement piano version was created from 1914–1917, and each movement was devoted to the memory of a person close to the composer who died during the war. The title of the piece may suggest that it is also a tribute to François Couperin. Ravel emphasized, however, that he meant French music for keyboards in general. In 1919, he orchestrated four movements of the suite: Prélude, Forlane, Minuet and Rigaudon. In this version, this colourful and charming piece enjoys big popularity with audiences.