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New Work “Fidei speique Sinfonia” by Krzysztof Meyer

“Fidei speique Sinfonia” was commissioned by the Polish Broadcasting Company, which will record the world premiere on 18 March 2016 in Poznań and later release it on a Polish CD label. The world premiere will take place during the course of the 45th Poznań Musical Spring (14 -21 March 2016) in the assembly hall of Poznań University. The performers will be the Choir of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic of Krackow and the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra. Jakub Chrenowicz will conduct this concert.

This is the first time that Krzysztof Meyer has again grappled with the subject of war since his Symphony No. 6 “The Polish”. The Seventh Symphony “Sinfonia del tempo che passa” was composed by Meyer on the occasion of his 60th birthday in 2003. Four of the five movements of the Symphony No. 8 “Sinfonia da requiem” (2011) are settings of poems by the Polish author, poet, essayist and civil rights activist Adam Zagajewski.

In his latest Symphony “Fidei speique Sinfonia”, Krzysztof Meyer sets excerpts from various Psalms of David in the Latin language.

We quote here from the programme booklet of the Poznań Philharmonic:
“Meyer’s work is his reaction to the situation in today’s world: the situation through which politicians provoke when they ‘press for war’ and the situation that arises each day between people when they make use of a ‘hypocritical language’ and ‘hate peace’ (Psalm 120). The message of this work calls to mind – almost two hundred years after the composition of Beethoven’s famous Ninth Symphony – that the idea preached in it of brotherhood still remains a utopia. One can only believe and hope that this idea will one day come true.”

18 March 2016
University, assembly hall, 7 PM
World premiere: Krzysztof Meyer
“Fidei speique Sinfonia” for choir and orchestra
Choir of the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Krackow
Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra
Jakub Chrenowicz (direction)


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