Martha Argerich & Theodosia  Ntokou / fot. Adriano Heitman
Martha Argerich & Theodosia Ntokou / fot. Adriano Heitman
Orchestral concerts
Martha Argerich and Theodosia Ntokou – postponed
04.12
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Programme:

S. Barber Adagio from String Quartet in B minor op. 11
F. Poulenc Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra  FP 61
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C. Debussy L'apres-midi d'un faune
C. Saint-Saëns Carnival of the Animals

Performers:

Jacek Kaspszyk – conductor
Martha Argerich – piano
Theodosia Ntokou – piano
NFM Wrocław Philharmonic

Venue:
NFM, Main Hall
plac Wolności 1, 50-071 Wrocław

Dear Music Lovers,

At the request of the artists, the concert featuring Martha Argerich and Theodosia Ntokou, which was scheduled for 4 December 2022, will take place in spring 2023. We will inform you about the new date in due course.We will inform you about the new date in due course.
Your tickets remain valid. Those of you for whom this change is inconvenient can return tickets in person at the NFM Box Office and online, or exchange them for other events from the NFM repertoire.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
NFM Team Normal

The legendary Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich will perform at the National Forum of Music together with Theodosia Ntokoum, a pianist of the young generation. The artists will perform an extremely impressive concert for two pianos and orchestra by French composer Francis Poulenc. The repertoire will be complemented by expressive and colourful works by Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns and Samuel Barber performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

The concert will begin with the moving sounds of Adagio from the String Quartet in B minor, op. 11 by Samuel Barber, an American twentieth-century composer. The piece is characterized by a deep elegiac character, and its nostalgic sounds have a huge emotional charge. The work, once called “the saddest in the history of classical music”, was performed at funerals, incl. Albert Einstein and Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy.

The Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra by Francis Poulenc is characterized by a distinct colour palette. The composer himself described his work as a “big step forward”, because in its light texture one can hear various inspirations from trends that had so far remained beyond the scope of classical music. Poulenc drew on the jazz tradition or modalisms characteristic of Balinese gamelan.

This evening, we will also hear the L’apres midi d’un faune – a symphonic poem by Claude Debussy – one of the most important works written at the end of the 19th century. The piece is of significant importance, both in the context of Debussy’s oeuvre and the history of music in general, as it marks the beginning of impressionism in music. The characteristic flute melody that opens the composition remains a well-established theme symbolizing the advent of a new era – musical modernism.

The concert will end with the Carnival of the Animals – a series of works named by their author – Camille Saint-Saëns – a “zoological fantasy”. Saint-Saëns composed the Carnival of the Animals as a musical joke to be performed exclusively among friends. The work was published and presented to the public only after the composer’s death – as he wished. Interestingly, since then Saint-Saëns has been remembered primarily as the author of the Carnival of the Animals.

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