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Performer: Jacek Kaspszyk

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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.
****1
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Tristan triumphs but Isolde languishes in Warsaw

Jacek Kaspszyk © Juliusz Multarzyński
Given the spate of visually distracting, if not irksome productions which seem to blight the opera world these days, there is something to be said for concert performances.
****1
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Warsaw Philharmonic in Szymanowski and Beethoven

The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra offered a program of Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. Their performance at Cadogan Hall had outstanding moments but overall felt unremarkable.
***11
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Sublime Mahler and Penderecki: The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bristol

What a concert – the programme and the musicans were sublime. This time, Colston Hall got it spot on with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Seeing all of the credits for the orchestra in the back of the programme prepared me for a big and bold sound that was just short of 100 musicians. Each and every one of them contributed to a fantastic sound under the baton of Jacek Kaspszyk.
*****
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