For the first time on medici.tv, experience the talents of the marvelous Ewa Tracz in this concert brimming with romance! Live from the Katowice Concert Hall, the soprano joins the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, led by the great maestra Marin Alsop.
Szymanowski's 1914 Love Songs of Hafiz opens the program. At the time of their composition, a wave of Orientalist art was still in vogue, but Szymanowski's songs are not merely the result of an artistic fad. The composer drew on two main sources for inspiration: first, Hans Bethge's volume Hafiz, a paraphrase of works by the 14th-century Persian poet Hafiz; second, the German Romantic melodies and harmonies that had animated masterpieces like Wagner's Tristan und Isolde. Appropriately, the concert continues with two of that opera's most enduring moments: the famed, revolutionary Prelude and the heartbreaking apotheosis of the Liebestod.
Finally, the evening comes to a close with excerpts from the three orchestral suites of Profokiev's Romeo and Juliet, including the magnificent Death of Juliet. In this sublimely moving and thoughtfully chosen program, Maestra Alsop and the NOSPR propose a fresh new approach to both lesser-heard and widely beloved works.
Photo: Marin Alsop © Adriane White
Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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