Dangerous Liaisons

The sources of the motto of this year’s Wratislavia Cantans festival are the famous film by Stephen Frears Dangerous Liaisons and the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos of the same title. Some time ago I reread it, which inspired me to look for analogies in music. I would say that this is primarily a novel about power – it is power that drives the characters’ actions. I would risk saying that it is the most common cause of human actions in general.

I do not forget that Wratislavia Cantans was founded as an oratorio festival, so this year we will start and end it with oratorios. Written by Emilio de’ Cavalieri at the very beginning of the 17th century, Rappresentatione di anima et di corpo can be considered the first oratorio in the history of music, in which, apart from music itself, there is also a political and religious dimension. The festival programme includes another oratorio, created recently by the Ukrainian composer Oleksandr Shymko, right after Russia’s first aggression against Ukraine. It is a tribute to the Ukrainians who died at that time. In terms of music, it is a remarkably interesting mixture of Shymko’s contemporary compositional language with Ukrainian folk tradition, very archaic music. That is why this work will be a perfect complement to the programme of this year’s Wratislavia. It is also important that Ukrainian musicians can find a space in Wrocław to show their art.

This is the power of music that crosses borders. Time limits as well. Thanks to it, we enter a very intimate relationship with people who created it hundreds of years ago or today create it hundreds of kilometers from us. This is especially important in the face of war, and Poland and Ukraine have been closely related for centuries. I must admit that until now I was not aware of the close ties between the Polish and Ukrainian nations. Only today when I saw this vast number of refugees admitted in Poland did I realise it. I wanted this year’s Wratislavia Cantans to show this extraordinary relationship between Poles and Ukrainians in its own way. The concert of the National Choir of Ukraine “Dumka” entitled Ukrainian Soul will be an anthology of Ukrainian vocal music dating back to the 18th century. The artists proposed the programme, and we welcomed it with joy.

When working on the Wrocław festival, I have always tried to be as creative as possible. I have been looking for inspiration all around me, to then create a kind of synthesis of what interests me and what is most interesting on the world music scene. This year, however, it turned out to be much more difficult because I lacked the impulses that I always had in abundance: meetings with people, concerts, getting to know new works and new interpretations, surprises and discoveries – what has been my life since I can remember. All this was combined with the anxiety about the war, which is far away from me, but many Ukrainians live in Italy too. It is so emotionally engaging that sometimes it is difficult for me to go back to music and close myself in my own artistic world. Music gives comfort, but now it is not enough. I am not only a musician, and a fanatic one, but also just a human being. Let’s hope that this year’s Wratislavia will prove that the artistic life in Europe has been revived for good, both in the context of the long pandemic break and the drama unfolding behind Poland’s eastern border. Despite the act of war that we are observing, we want to host artists from all over the world, including those from Ukraine, and give the audience an opportunity to learn about the richness of their musical culture.

Giovanni Antonini
Artistic Director of International Festival Wratislavia Cantans

FestivalEN Events Wratislavia Cantans

Power and Passion
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
09.09.2022
Fri.
7:00 PM
Cathedral of St John the Baptist
The Wheel of Venus
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
09.09.2022
Fri.
7:00 PM
Środa Śląska, Church of the Elevation of the Holy Cross
The Spirit of Ukraine
State Academic Choral Capella ‘Dumka’
10.09.2022
Sat.
7:00 PM
Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St Bartholomew
Power and Passion
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
10.09.2022
Sat.
7:00 PM
Legnica, ewangelicki Kościół Marii Panny
The Wheel of Venus
Lionel Sow / NFM Choir
10.09.2022
Sat.
7:00 PM
Nysa, Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
Il viaggio dei Bassano
Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico
11.09.2022
Sun.
5:00 PM
White Stork Synagogue
Power and Passion
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
11.09.2022
Sun.
7:00 PM
Głogów, Collegiate Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Spirit of Ukraine
State Academic Choral Capella ‘Dumka’
11.09.2022
Sun.
7:00 PM
Strzegom, Basilica Minor of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
La voix humaine. Anatomy of Imagination
B. Hannigan / LUDWIG Orchestra
11.09.2022
Sun.
8:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Missa solemnis
J.E. Gardiner / Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
12.09.2022
Mon.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Il viaggio dei Bassano
Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico
12.09.2022
Mon.
7:00 PM
Oleśnica, Minor Basilica of St John the Apostle and Evangelist
Dreamed Loves
Claire Lefilliâtre / Overtone
12.09.2022
Mon.
7:00 PM
Duszniki-Zdrój, Frederic Chopin Theatre
The Spirit of Ukraine
State Academic Choral Capella ‘Dumka’
12.09.2022
Mon.
7:30 PM
Kłodzko, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Introduction to the concert Banganarti Hymns
 
13.09.2022
Tue.
5:30 PM
Wrocław University Institute of History, Auditorium, room 2
Banganarti Hymns
Norbert Twórczyński /NFM Wrocław Philharmonic
13.09.2022
Tue.
7:00 PM
Church of St Mary Magdalene, Polish National Catholic Cathedral
The Spirit of Ukraine
State Academic Choral Capella ‘Dumka’
13.09.2022
Tue.
7:00 PM
Bielawa, kościół pw. Bożego Ciała
Dreamed Loves
Claire Lefilliâtre / Overtone
13.09.2022
Tue.
7:00 PM
Żórawina, Trinity Church
Kings in the North
Tomáš Král / Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
13.09.2022
Tue.
7:00 PM
Minor Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Nicholas
The Dictator of French Music
Vincent Dumestre / Le Poème Harmonique
14.09.2022
Wed.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Maverick Organist
Cameron Carpenter
15.09.2022
Thu.
8:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Mahler in Love
Agata Zubel / NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra
16.09.2022
Fri.
7:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Apollo in cielo
46th Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course
16.09.2022
Fri.
7:00 PM
Szczawno-Zdrój, Henryk Wieniawski Theatre
Body and Soul
Giovanni Antonini / Il Giardino Armonico
17.09.2022
Sat.
7:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall
Apollo in cielo
46th Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course
17.09.2022
Sat.
7:30 PM
Krotoszyn, Church of St John the Baptist
Apollo in cielo
46th Oratorio and Cantata Music Interpretation Course
18.09.2022
Sun.
12:00 PM
NFM, Red Hall
Paradise
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
18.09.2022
Sun.
6:00 PM
NFM, Main Hall

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Andrzej Kosendiak
General Director

Prof Andrzej Kosendiak is a conductor and teacher, one of the most active musicians and organizers of musical life in Poland. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In the years 2001–2009 he was Head of the Interdepartmental Early Music Studio, and in 2013 he obtained a postdoctoral degree; in the years 2014–2016 he lectured at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. In 2021, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded him the title of professor. He is currently working at his alma mater.

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Giovanni Antonini
Artistic Director of Wratislavia Cantans

Born in Milan, Giovanni Antonini studied at the Civica Scuola di Musica and at the Centre de Musique Ancienne in Geneva. He is a founder member of the Baroque ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, which he has led since 1989. With this ensemble, he has appeared as conductor and soloist on the recorder and Baroque transverse flute in Europe, the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia. He is Artistic Director of the Wratislavia Cantans International Festival in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg and Kammerorchester Basel.

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