Drive with early music for 30 years
The festival was revived in 1992 by students of cultural studies at the University of Wroclaw – Agnieszka Gonserzewicz and Marta Ekert. From the start, it was dedicated to early music and was always within easy reach of students who were, and still are, admitted to most of the festival’s events free of charge. – First of all, we want to educate and present early music – from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque – to young people, i.e. pupils and students, but of course also all music lovers and middle-aged adults – always confirms Robert Schmielczyk, Festival Organizer and Director. – To make it as easy as possible, admission to all festival events is free for pupils and students upon presentation of a valid ID – he adds.
Only the May 22 concert at St. cross.
Renaissance masterpiece by Andrzej Kosendiak
Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, a formation founded and led for over a decade by Andrzej Kosendiak, specializes in bringing the works of Polish composers of the Baroque era to the public. This time, May will open with early music, and they will perform on May 22nd at St Colgate Church. Cross and Bartholomew at 7.00pm. One of the greatest masterpieces in the history of music – Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (Marian Vespers), a cycle of contrasting, alternating pieces for chorus, soloists and orchestra as well as intimate solo concerts with continuous accompaniment Basso.
We have five flutes (Dixit Dominus, Laudate pueri, Laetatus sum, Nisi Dominus, Lauda Jerusalem), and there are concerti (Nigra sum – solo tone (motet), Pulchra es – motet for two sopranos, Duo seraphim – Motet for three Tenors, Audi caelum – A death for two and a chorus of six) and a sonata piece Sopra Sancta Maria, Hymn Ave maris stella and two Magnificats for Sunset I and II.
Baroque and Classical Opera by Aula Leopoldina
On Wednesday May 25 at 7 pm at the recently restored Aula Leopoldina of the University of Wrocław, Czech baritone singers Denis Behina and soprano singer Teresa Stepankova will be on stage, accompanied by Kachina Uchmanova on piano. The evening program includes arias by Georg Friedrich Handel (including the famous song “Ombra mai fu” from the opera “Xerxes”), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (including “Fin ch’han dal vino” from the opera “Don Giovanni”), and Verdi ( “Caro nome” from “Rigoletto”)
A day later, on May 26 at 6.00 p.m. at St. Wincenty, the Adżarski State Vocal Group will perform “Batumi” with the program “Georgian Stories”, and will include the most famous Georgian songs and dances. The artistic director of the thirteen-person band is the master of Georgian song – Temur Dolidze, “Batumi” is currently the best instrumental of traditional Georgian folk songs in Georgia and more.
On Saturday May 28 at 19.00 in the auditorium of the National Ossoliński Conservatory is a regular guest of the May Festival with Early Music – antiques and sexy singer Jacek Kowalski and his band Saint Louis Club. This time with “The King and the Jester” – the performance of a selection of songs by two prominent thirteenth-century bands representing two currents of French poetry – low and funny and high and sublime.
Literary historians compare Tibald – Count of Champagne, king of Navarre – and Colin Musset, just as they compare the works of Villon and Charles of Orleans or Rabelais and Ronsard. Both – Tybald and Colin – “renewed the French lyric poems of the thirteenth century”, but one praised in the first place the gentle love of the ideal lady, while the other’s element was “Women, Wine, and Singing”, which he sang in the courts of the great lords and delighted in the same champagne, It is ruled by Tybald.
Young Guard of Early Music
On Monday, May 30 at 7.00 pm in the Great Hall of the City Hall, a concert entitled “Secret Garden” presented by the laureates of the National Festival of Early Music Schola Cantorum was held in Kalisz (opened in 1978, the first festival in Poland directed at students schools, a forum for the exchange of experiences in popularizing early music). The ensemble “Lux Antiqua” prepared a very ambitious program with the music of the XV-XVI centuries, incl. Books by Claudine de Sirmisa, John Dunstable, Clement Janeken and Hans Brachroge
The last evening on May 31 at 7.00 pm in the City Hall with the concert “From Pain to Ecstasy – In the Power of Baroque Effect”, the program includes music by Claudio Monteverdi, Georg Friedrich Handel, but also “Salvi Regina” by Polish Mozart – Marcin Joseph Chebrosky.