Opening Concert: Kilar - Glass - Navarro
Combining the precision and flexibility of a chamber orchestra with successful performances of symphonic works, the Sinfonietta Cracovia is particularly appreciated for its performances of contemporary music. It has been involved in numerous productions promoting new music and the works of Polish composers. It is especially famous for its interpretations of works by Krzysztof Penderecki, with whom it has had an important artistic bond from the very beginning. It has been intensively engaged in concert tours, also abroad – performing in such countries as China, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Czechia, and Austria.
In this opening FIMUCITÉ 16 concert, the Sinfonietta Cracovia will offer a programme with compositions by authors of gran repute, such as Wojciech Kilar from Poland, Philip Glass from the United States and Diego Navarro, from Spain. As it is their first concert in the Canary Islands, the Sinfonietta have taken it upon themselves to include some pieces by Navarro, the most representative composer of the Islands.
This year marks the 90th birthday year of composer Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013). Kilar, one of Poland’s most important musical voices, had a creative life spanning over 50 years and lent his talent to three areas of composition: film music, concert music, and sacred music. The work of his counterpart, the American composer Philip Glass (b.1937-), who celebrates his 85th birthday in 2022, connects the worlds of film music and concert music as well. Philip Glass’s compositions have infiltrated the imaginations of millions of people through his work in every imaginable field - from dozens of large film scores (including three Oscar nominations) to a staggering body of work including symphonies, concertos, operas and piano works.
The concert presents a unique blend of two musical universes. Kilar and Glass are united in many ways both obvious and subtle. As young composers, Kilar and Glass sought out and found the most important teacher of the 20th century, the famed French pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Apart from the Boulanger connection, Glass and Kilar are connected as model examples of composers at the intersection of art and commerce, which might be the central artistic issue of our time. Adding to that the unmistakable individual musical voices of both composers who maintained their creative integrity whether writing symphonies or film scores, masses or concertos.
Sinfonietta Cracovia marries these commonalities between Wojciech Kilar and Philip Glass; these are composers who are unmistakably themselves yet rose to the highest levels of mass culture while blurring the lines between art forms. Intriguingly, both artists have also written music for movies about Count Dracula.
As far as the music by Diego Navarro included in the programme, the concert will include a journey through his latest scores for hit films such as “The Photographer of Mauthausen” or “The Beast”, a film which, only a few days after its release in January, became the most watched non-English film in the world on Netflix. We will also be able to enjoy “Passage to Dawn”, a score which was nominated for the prestigious Film Fest Gent World Soundtrack Awards, published by celebrated Hollywood label Varèse Sarabande.
This concert is part of Sinfonietta Cracovia's “Kilar 90” international concert tour.
- The Hours (Philip Glass) - Suite (Movement I)
- Tod Browning’s Dracula (Philip Glass) Suite
- Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Wojciech Kilar) Suite - The Brides
- The Portrait of a Lady (Wojciech Kilar) Suite
- The Ninth Gate (Wojciech Kilar) Vocalise
- Orawa (Wojciech Kilar)
- Sideways (Aleksander Dębicz)
- The Wasteland (Diego Navarro) Main Theme
- The Photographer of Mauthausen (Diego Navarro) Main Theme
- Passage to Dawn (Diego Navarro) Suite
Sinfonietta Cracovia, dirigida por Katarzyna Tomala-Jedynak
Coro de Voces Blancas del CPM de Tenerife
Choir master: Juan Ramón Vinagre
Aleksander Dębicz (Piano)
María Candelaria Hernandez (Soprano)
Juan Cantero (Tin Whistle)