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5th International Music Festival „Chopin and his Europe”
From Staier to Staier (16th–31st August 2009)

The 5th Festival „Chopin and his Europe” takes place in the year preceding the great anniversary. The whole world focuses its attention on 2010. The Chopin Year has already begun for us.

This year's festival's edition is based on the following programme:

  • Chopin and Polish music performed by the greatest artists, whose interpretations go down in history of performances worldwide (Argerich, Ohlsson, Ax, Lugansky, Goerner, Melnikov, Shelley, brothers Capuçon), recognized pianists who are on the threshold of magnificent careers (Nebolsin, Kasprov, Zuev), child prodigies: 13- and 14-year old artists (Kobayashi, Lisiecki). In terms of national performing styles, we present Polish artists (Olejniczak, Lisak, Merchant, Pobłocka, Sobotka, Rucinski, Kowalczyk), the Russian school (Nebolsin, Melnikov, Kasprov, Zuev, Lugansky, Rudenko), and German artists (Staier, Pregardien, Concerto Köln)
  • The original sound of Chopin music performed on historical instruments (Staier, Olejniczak, Melnikov, Kobayashi)
  • Masterpieces of the XIXth century in an authentic version and model performance (The creation – Orchestra of the XVIIIth century, conducted by Frans Brüggen, Elijah, Music to A Midsummer Night's Dream - Orchestre des
    Champs-Elysées, the Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe)
  • Great Jubilees (Haydn, Mendelssohn, Karłowicz, Bacewicz)
  • Music of Chopin's times (Clementi, Beethoven, Rossini, Field, Hummel, Weber, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann)
  • Echo of Chopin's music in later works (Rachmaninov, Lapunov, Ravel, Debussy, Ligeti, Lutoslawski)
  • Music for the youngest listener (The creation – interpretation for children, interpretations of masterpieces by young virtuosos, open concert rehearsal with children performing)
  • Little-known Polish music in the interpretation of eminent artists (Capuçon / Karlowicz, Shelley / Dobrzyński, Lugansky / Rudenko / Lutoslawski)
  • Unknown compositions: Dobrzyński, Martucci

The „From Staier to Staier” subtitle of the 5th Festival „Chopin and his Europe” underlines the leitmotiv of this year's festival: we wish to present an outstanding historical piano virtuoso, Andreas Staier, to a wider audience.


Festival Director: Stanisław Leszczyński

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