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World Premiere of Krzysztof Meyer‘s “Musica festiva” in Łódź

“Musica festiva” by the Polish composer Krzysztof Meyer, in the version for two organs and orchestra, will be given its world premiere on 17 February 2015 at a special concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Łódź. The performers will be Ludger Lohmann and Krzysztof Urbaniak (both playing organs) together with the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra Łódź under the direction of Daniel Raiskin.

The composer has supplied the following comments on his “Musica festiva” for two organs and orchestra:
“I received a composition commission from the Philharmonic in Łódź two years ago. The artistic director of the Philharmonic, Daniel Raiskin, requested a piece for two organs and orchestra which he wished to premiere at the jubilee concert to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Philharmonic.
This proved to be a very interesting task for me, because there are two organs in the concert hall of the Philharmonic: a baroque organ that is not well-tempered and another, typically romantic and modern well-tempered organ. I tried out the instruments several times in order to find out how they sounded together. It was a new, fascinating experience that gave me many ideas. At the same time, I also prepared a version for one organ and orchestra because there are not many concert halls with two organs at one's disposal.
The title ‘Musica festiva’ corresponds to the character of the music, which is intended to sound celebratory and solemn. Many contrasts resulted from the suite-like form of the work; these are additionally emphasised by the large ensemble of the orchestra (which, however, does not include any percussion instruments). The organ parts are relatively difficult and virtuosic, but give the soloists ample opportunity to show their interpretative art.”

An additional performance will take place on 18 February 2015 (7:00 PM) at the Philharmonic.

17 February 2015
Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic, 7 PM
World premiere: Krzysztof Meyer
“Musica festiva” for two organs and orchestra
Ludger Lohmann / Krzysztof Urbaniak (organ)
Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra Łódź
Daniel Raiskin (direction)

Copyright of the photo: Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Łódź


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