The Final Gala Concert of the Polish Year in Israel
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s outstanding Symphony No. 3 with Iwona Hossa – soprano, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor performed by pianist Jacek Kortus, concluded the Polish Year in Israel and inaugurated the 2009 Israel Festival. The special guests of the Finale were: First Lady Mrs. Maria Kaczyńska.
The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Michał Dworzyński, Principal Conductor of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra in Kraków and London Symphony Orchestra Assistant Conductor.
"Górecki is meticulous in even the tiniest of compositional details, and this rare and powerful sense of colour and timing places his music in a rather special category". (CD Review)
program of the concert:
1. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki 3rd Symphony - with Iwona Hossa as solo singer
2. Fryderyk Chopin Don Giovani variations - with Dorel Golan
3. Fryderyk Chopin piano concerto no.1 - with Jacek Kortus as soloist
about the artists:
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s (born 1933) career spans more than 40 years, dating from the mid 1950s and embracing a catalogue of more than 70 acknowledged works. The phenomenal success of his Third Symphony, “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” Op 36, has brought the composer world wide acclaim through its directness and emotional impact.
Iwona Hossa – soprano. She featured in a BBC production „Holocaust. A Music Memorial Film from Auschwitz”, which was awarded an Emmy in the best art programme category.
Jacek Kortus – born 1988. He is the winner of numerous piano competitions for young performers as well as of a special mention at the final of the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Michał Dworzyński – born 1978. His relatively young age has not stopped him from performing with the National Orchestra of Ireland and the Orchestra del Friuli Venezia Giulia. His achievements have resulted with numerous recognitions: International Conducting Competition in Zagreb in 2003 and Donatella Flick Conducting Competition in London in 2006.
Michał Dworzyński, Iwona Hossa
date and venue:
24 May 2009, 20.00
Henry Crown Hall, Sherover Theatre, 20 Marcus st., Jerozolima