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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Poland

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KatowiceNOSPR / Alexander Liebreich

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Alexander Liebreich; Mixed Choir of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic; Lidia Matynian; NFM Choir; Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny

WrocławShaker Loops

Copland, Adams, Barber, Bernstein
NFM Symphony Orchestra; Joseph Swensen; Łukasz Klimczak; Itamar Zorman; Sebastian Aleksandrowicz; Krzysztof Bednarczyk

Katowice{OH!} Orkiestra Historyczna

Bach C.P.E., Mozart, Haydn
Orkiestra Historyczna; Martyna Pastuszka; Jean-Guihen Queyras

KatowiceIan Bostridge

Ian Bostridge; Saskia Giorgini

KatowiceQuatuor Ébène

Beethoven, Fauré
Quatuor Ébène
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A musical celebration of Polish Independence

Jacek Kaspszyk © ICA Artists
Warsaw Philharmonic celebrates the 100th anniversary of Polish independence with performances of great local composers – Lutoslawski, Szymanowski and Szabelski – and Debussy’s La Mer for good measure.
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La Currentzis di Tito: a Mozartian mishap in Wrocław

Anna Lucia Richter (Servilia), Stéphanie d’Oustrac (sesto) and Karina Gauvin (Vitellia) © Lukasz Rajchert
Mozart was supposed to be the composer of La clemenza di Tito but it was really a critical edition of Metastasio’s opus by Teodor Currentzis.
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Il giardino armonico’s bouquet of Baroque bonbons causes a sensation in Wrocław

Giovanni Antonini and Il giardino armonico © Joanna Stoga
A concert at the Andrzej Markowski International Wratislavia Cantans Festival that was anything but traditional or predictable.
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Very variable Vespers at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival in Poland

Ensemble La Fenice © Slawek Przerwa
Jean Tubéry’s virtuosity as a maestro di cornetto made up for disappointing vocalism in Monteverdi’s Vesperis in Festis Beata Mariae Vergine
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A tawdry travesty of a Traviata in Warsaw

La traviata © Krzysztof Bieliński
Mariusz Treliński's Traviata had nothing to do with Dumas, Piave or Verdi. It's as if he confused La Dame aux camélias with Lulu.
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