Symphonic Subscription 2024/2025

Memorable concerts at the National Forum of Music are the best way to enjoy the beauty of music. For the upcoming artistic season 2024/2025, we have prepared symphonic subscriptions for our music lovers, which provide a fantastic opportunity to regularly listen to the greatest works of classical music performed by renowned artists.

The joint inauguration of the artistic season of the NFM Choir and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak will make us see the contemporary musical life of our city as the work of many generations. The programme reference the first concert of the Wrocław Philharmonic in 1945. Just like then, the works of Stanisław Moniuszko, Ignacy Paderewski and Frederic Chopin will be heard, and talented young people will perform alongside Wrocław ensembles. In the second part of the evening, the artists will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Mass in C minor. In October, the Wrocław Philharmonic will be led by Mirian Khukhunaishvili, winner of the Ringmann-Jaross Award. Pianist Jonathan Fournel, whom the world heard about in 2021 thanks to his victory in the International Queen Elizabeth of Belgium Music Competition in Brussels, will present Frederic Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2. You will also hear Overture for Symphony Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz and Become Ocean by John Luther Adams, the latter recognized by the Guardian editorial team as one of the best compositions created in the 21st century. During the concert under the baton of Michał Klauza, the orchestra will recall pre-war composers: Władysław Szpilman and Henryk Wars, and together with Jakub Jakowicz will premiere the Concerto for violin and orchestra by Marcin Markowicz. In November, Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection" will be performed, interpreted by conductor Karel Marek Chichon, who will return several times in the new season. There will be a concert will be dedicated to the memory of Andrzej Markowski, the founder of Wratislavia Cantans, whose 100th anniversary we celebrate this year. The NFM Wrocław Philharmonic will perform under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk. In the second part of the evening, we will listen to masterpieces of French music: La mer by Claude Debussy and La valse by Maurice Ravel. Earlier, the artists, together with the Finnish violinist Elina Vähälä, will present Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

The symphony orchestra will be conducted several times by its new Artistic Director Christoph Eschenbach. In December, the artists will jointly present Romantic masterpieces: together with Niek Baar, the Violin Concerto in A minor by Antonín Dvořák, whose 120th death anniversary falls in 2024, and the Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz. The music of the French Romantic will be heard again a week later – his oratorio L’enfance du Christ will get is in the Christmas mood, conducted by Paul McCreesh. Under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic will play again during the first concert in 2025. This time, the NFM Main Hall will be filled with the sounds of Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, following songs by Witold Lutosławski, interpreted by the American soprano Marisol Montalvo, who often collaborates with Eschenbach. The outstanding pianist Piotr Anderszewski and conductor Omer Meir Wellber will join the NFM to perform a programme of Dmitri Shostakovich, Ludwig van, and Alfred Schnittke. Works by the Viennese Classicists will appear in the programme of the concert of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic and the renowned cellist István Várdai. The Serenata notturna by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be followed by Joseph Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, and after the intermission Várdai will conduct Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2. The music of the master from Bonn will return to the NFM together with Karel Marek Chichon. This time, the artists play his Symphony No. 7 and the Egmont Overture. With Angela Hewitt on the piano, the musicians will play Robert Schumann’s famous Piano Concerto in A minor. Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3 “Wagner” will be performed under the baton of Dima Slobodeniouk. On the same evening, you will listen to a piece by Richard Strauss. In his Concerto No. 2 in E flat major for horn and orchestra, the first horn player of the Berlin Philharmonic, Stefan Dohr, will perform as a soloist.

In the new season, we will once again host the phenomenal Bomsori Kim. Winner of major violin competitions with her performance of the Violin Concerto No. 2 op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski will honour the eightieth anniversary of the PWM Edition.

The orchestra, conducted by Duncan Ward, will also present works by Witold Lutosławski, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Agata Zubel. In mid-March, together with Christoph Eschenbach, the Wrocław Philharmonic will return to the works of Antonin Dvořák. This time, together with the American pianist Tzimon Barto, they will play the Piano Concerto in G minor. The second part of the evening will feature the Piano Quartet in G minor op. 25 by Johannes Brahms in an orchestral arrangement by Arnold Schoenberg. During the next subscription concert, Fanfare by the contemporary Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will be an introduction to The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky and Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff.

Giancarlo Guerrero will come back to Wrocław to conduct the performance of Jean Sibelius’s Second Symphony. In the first part of the concert, Iveta Apkalna, the titular organist of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, will perform Toccata Festiva by Samuel Barber and Organ Symphony by Aaron Copland. Shortly afterwards, appearing together in front of the Wrocław audience for the fourth time this season, Christoph Eschenbach and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic will reach for Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which, more than two hundred years after its premiere, is still a challenge put to subsequent generations by the genius. During the subsequent concert together, the artists, joining forces with the NFM Choir, will perform Arnold Schoenberg’s Survivor from Warsaw, commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, and one of the greatest works of Johannes Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem. The Armenian American pianist Sergei Babayan, winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, with Jacek Kaspszyk will present Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2, after the intermission there will be Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No. 21 “Kaddish”. The NFM Wrocław Philharmonic will perform for the last time before the summer break on the last Friday of May, presenting, under the baton of Christopher Eschenbach, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 “Titan” and premiering a new work by Agata Zubel. The musicians will thus crown the season, which, we hope, will be full of deep emotions and artistic discoveries.

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