Symphonic Spring in Poland

Beethoven Easter Festival

Beethoven Easter Festival

The 19th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival offers a treat for symphonic music lovers in Poland. It is one of the country’s major classical music events, and has been organised annually in the period before Easter for almost two decades now. This spring it takes place from 22 March to 3 April and is likely to draw large audiences. Recognised Polish and foreign orchestras, soloists and conductors are the star attractions of the event. The motto of this year’s festival is “Beethoven – his successors and continuators: Brahms and Mahler”. Although the work of the three composers will feature prominently in the programme, music by Dvořák, Schubert, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Sibelius, Brahms and others will also be played. There are two operatic accents in the event also: the long-awaited Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” and a concert featuring Ewa Vesin, a soprano, based on the arias and duets selected from the operas of Pietro Mascagni. A few days before the inauguration concert, the festival began with the opening of an exhibition of musical score manuscripts at the Jagiellonian Library in Kraków and accompanying musical events outside the official festival programme. The manuscripts include scores by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn. These valuable and closely guarded documents are rarely shown to the general public. This time they will remain on display in Kraków until 3 April.
Polskie Radio Dwójka

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