4th Easter Ludwig van Beethoven Festival

Established following an initiative of Elżbieta Penderecka, the Festival’s Artistic Director. Already the first of the Festivals, held in 1997, became a large scale and high rank event. In the following years, the Festival entered for good not only the cultural life of Krakow but also the agenda of Europe’s most notable music events.

The leading theme of the year 2000 will be the great symphonic works of Beethoven and Mahler, presented against the achievements of other composers: F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, and A. Dvorák. The work of those two protagonists of this year’s Festival is of crucial importance to Romantic music, whose era began with the first and ended with the latter of the two composers: the nine symphonies of Beethoven are the synthesis of all the major trends of 19th-century development in symphonic music, whereas the ten symphonies composed by Mahler recapitulate its modern history. This context will be further enhanced by the events traditionally accompanying the Festival: the International Scientific Symposium, and an exhibition of manuscripts in the Jagiellonian Library. Among the performers we will hear the Penderecki Festival Orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, the Deutsche Kammerorchester Berlin under Burkhard Glaetzner, the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Antoni Wit, the Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker and La Stagione Frankfurt under Rolf Beck, and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Aldo Ceccato. Chamber music will be performed by the Petersen String Quartett and the Ensemble Sándor Vegh. Among guest soloists, Krakow will host Arto Noras (cello) performing with Eero Heinonen and Adrienne Krausz (piano). It will be the second Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival graced by the presence of a piano maestro from Austria, Rudolf Buchbinder.

Among the monumental music works performed, there will be: Symphony No. 4 in B flat Major, “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5 in B major, and, crowning the final concert, the “Choral” Symphony No. 9 in d minor by L. van Beethoven, and the Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor by G. Mahler. On Good Friday, we will hear a work preparing us for next year’s commemoration of the 250th death anniversary of J. S. Bach: St John’s Passion. One of the greatest moments of the Festival will be the performance of world-famous Anne-Sophie Mutter, giving her first Krakow concert. The virtuoso violinist will perform the 2nd Violin Concerto by K Penderecki, a work she presented in 1999 to most notable European audiences.


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