1998 The Year of Music
The Festival of Krzysztof Penderecki

fot. J. PappThe year 1998 is the year of Krzysztof Penderecki. This outstanding composer has prepared a programme presenting achievements of the most eminent composers of classical and contemporary music. The first of the main events was the 2nd Easter Festival of Ludwig van Beethoven. Similarly, as in the preceding year, the Festival was opened by an exhibition of priceless manuscripts stored in the Jagiellonian Library. Besides Beethovens manuscripts we could also see the autographs of his predecessors, Mozart and Haydn. Many extraordinary musicians arrived in Krakow answering the invitation of Elżbieta Penderecka, the Festivals artistic manger. Among others these were: a violoncellist, Boris Pergamenschikow, pianists, Alexander Lonquich and Sergei Bezrodny, and violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers and Vladimir Spivakov. However, this time besides the compositions of the outstanding composer, works of another great Viennese, Joseph Haydn, were also presented.

The most important event of the year 1998 was without doubt the great, autumn Festival of Krzysztof Penderecki, which was one of the greatest music events of Europe. It assembled the first ranks of European performers, groups, soloists, and conductors (Mstislav Rostropowich, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Jerzy Maksymiuk, and others) who, besides the works of the great Polish composer, presented also classical works chosen by him. During the festival we could listen to the works of Mahler, Stravinsky, Dvořák, Grieg, Smetana, and Beethoven.