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Karol Szymanowski's 1st Violin Concerto Performed by Agata Szymczewska in Bucharest
2012-01-20Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto I, performed by Agata Szymczewska, will be heard January 20 at 19.00 in the Romanian Atheneum in Bucharest. The soloist will be accompanied by musicians of the G. Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Daisuke Soga. Agata Szymczewska, one of the best Polish violinists, has won many competitions, including the H. Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań (2006, First Prize, Gold Medal and the TVP Kultura Audience Award). In October 2010 she started working as an assistant at the Academy of Music in Poznań. She currently plays an Antonio Stradivarius violin (Cremona, ca. 1680) from the German Collection of instruments lent by the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She has performed on most of the major music stages of the world, winning rave reviews and critical acclaim.
The concerto which will be performed, along with K. Szymanowski’s second violin concerto, is one of the most valued works of the twentieth-century European violin repertoire. It was written in 1916 with a view to the violinist-virtuoso and friend of the composer - Paweł Kochański. In one of his letters the composer expressed satisfaction with the work as he was writing it: "I must say I am very content with the whole - again various new notes, and also a little return to the old. The entirety is terribly fantastic and unexpected" ("Karol Szymanowski. Correspondence", Volume I: years 1903-1919, ed. Teresa Chylińska, PWM, Kraków 1982).
(photo. Archiwum Stowarzyszenia im. Ludwiga van Beethovena)
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