A Passion Concert to celebrate the approaching Easter will take place on Thursday, 6 April at the Co-Cathedral Church in Kamionek, Warsaw. The performers will be mezzo-soprano Urszula Kryger and the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the direction of Jakub Haufa. The audience will hear works to support the solemn time of Lent. Admission to the event is free.
The concert will begin with a work composed by the artistic director of Sinfonia Varsovia –Krzysztof Penderecki. Chaconne in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II was written in 2005 to celebrate the memory of Pope John Paul II. The composition is written for string orchestra and complements and concludes the Polish Requiem, composed in the 1980s.
This will be followed by two arias from Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 – Erbarme dich, mein Gott and Können Tränen meiner Wangen. The St. Matthew Passion is one of two complete Passions to have come down to us from this greatest baroque composer. Described as a masterpiece of the genre, it was performed for the first time on Good Friday, 15 April 1729. The audience at the Passion concert in Kamionek will also hear another work by Bach – the cantata “Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut” BWV 199. The cantata was performed for the first time in 1714.
Arias from the St. Matthew Passion and the cantata will be performed by Urszula Kryger with the Orchestra. It is worth noting that the mezzo-soprano, well known in Poland and abroad, was the first Polish singer to perform on the stage of the famous La Scala.
The last work of the concert will be the Symphony in F minor, “La Passione”, composed by Joseph Haydn, the eldest of the Viennese classics. The title of the symphony has long been a mystery to musicologists. According to legend, the symphony was written under the influence of extremely strong emotions, when the composer was near death. The first performance of the work took place during Holy Week of 1790 in Schwerin.
“Several years ago we have found our new home in Warsaw’s Kamionek district. That is why we derive exceptional pleasure in every concert that we perform for our neighbours. We appreciate very much the fact that the residents of this part of Warsaw have welcomed us with open arms and we wish to thank them – with music.” – emphasises Director of Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra Janusz Marynowski.
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