Friday, 25th of June 2021
|Mozart, Chopin, Beethoven!
A youthful note in the repertoire of the attractive Night inaugurating this year’s Festival! The young soloist and youthful works dominate the program of this concert. 22-year-old pianist Mateusz Krzyżowski, currently a student at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, belongs to the Polish team of participants in the upcoming International Chopin Competition (October 2021). He will perform the solo part of the Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin. The pianist is accompanied by the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jan Stanienda. The program also includes the youthful, charming Divertimento in F Major (KV 138) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the earliest in the composer’s oeuvre, Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven, in a rarely presented version for strings.
Saturday, 26th of June 2021
|Piano Trios and Quartets.
A Night dedicated to beautiful, sophisticated classical and romantic chamber music. It will be chamber music with piano. In the programme the greatest names: Beethoven and his Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, Schumann and his Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47, and Camille Saint-Saëns (Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 65). The repertoire nuances are intriguing: Beethoven’s Piano Trio will be heard in a version with the violin instead of the clarinet, and Saint-Saëns’ Septet will sound in a version for piano trio. The performers will be mainly instrumentalists associated with the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra: Bożena Nawojska (viola), Lidia Grzanka-Urbaniak (cello) and the artistic director of the Orchestra and the Festival – Jan Stanienda (violin). The musicians will be accompanied by pianist Krzysztof Stanienda.
Sunday, 27th of June 2021
|Cello and Haydn.
A Night of Classics: one very famous (Joseph Haydn), the other known much less (Feliks Janiewicz). The cellist Piotr Olesz will present himself in the solo part of Haydn’s Concerto in C Major, one of the most famous cello concertos. Haydn’s works will also be represented by his Symphony in G Minor No. 39. The second item on the programme will be the music of Feliks Janiewicz, one of the most talented and active Polish artists of the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. Janiewicz’s biography was extremely colourful: violinist, conductor, composer, globetrotter, friend of Haydn and Mozart, co-founder of the Philharmonic Society in London, organiser of musical life. He left behind an interesting compositional oeuvre. The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jan Stanienda will perform his Divertimento for string orchestra.
Wednesday, 30th of June 2021
|The History of Tango.
A Festival Night with a distinct musical breeze from the South. Our festival guests will play in an unusual line-up: guitars and violin. We are glad that many Polish artists find themselves at home in southern rhythms and melodies. The audience will be entertained by the well-known violinist Roksana Kwaśnikowska and the Woch&Guzik Duo, featuring guitarists Adam Woch and Robert Guzik. The programme of the performance will include Astor Piazzolla, the world’s most famous tango master (we will hear his “History of Tango”). The artists will also present the Suite “One week in Rio” by Sérgio Assad, a Brazilian guitarist and composer. It promises to be an extraordinary Night with the music of South America.
Thursday / Friday, 1st / 2nd of July 2021
|The Nights with Magda Umer.
Not only an intimate atmosphere, but above all a poetic note. Two Nights with the great star of this year’s Festival. Magda Umer is an artist who needs no introduction. Without her talent, sensitivity and versatility, it is hard to imagine an interpretation of a poetic song. Singer, screenwriter, director, actress, recital writer. At the “Arsenal Nights” she will perform twice, accompanied by the pianist Wojciech Borkowski. You will hear a number of songs in Magda Umer’s unique performance, including such well-known ones as “Okularnicy”, “Ach panie, panowie” or “Już czas na sen”.
Saturday, 3rd of July 2021
|Piano 4 Hands.
It is hard to imagine the Romantic era without the piano. Just as it is difficult to imagine it without Schubert. This will be an “Night”, during which we offer you romantic chamber music with the piano and Schubert in the leading role. The well-known duo “Duo Granat&Kreda” consists of pianists Tamara Granat and Adrian Kreda, who will take you on a musical journey through the streets, squares and cafés of romantic Vienna – to the same places where Franz Schubert, one of the founders of Romanticism, walked. In their performance, the duo will play atmospheric and tuneful pieces by the author of “The Fair Maid of the Mill”, such as Grand Rondeau in A Major, Marche Caractéristique in C Major, Divertissement à l’hongroise in G Minor and Allegro Lebensstürme.
Sunday, 4th of July 2021
|Pearls of the Baroque.
According to an unwritten tradition that has prevailed at our Festival for several years now, the ending of the “Arsenal Nights” belongs to the masters of the baroque concert. This genre seems to be particularly liked by the Guests of “Nights”, that is, the Wrocław – though not only Wrocław – audience. Baroque is also close to the hearts of the performers who are members of the “Wratislavia” Chamber Orchestra. The programme of the final performances (this time as many as two!) includes several concerts by Antonio Vivaldi, as well as Tomaso Albinoni and Georg Philipp Telemann. In addition to music by baroque masters from Italy and Germany, we will also hear representatives of the epoch from other countries: France (François Couperin and Jean Philippe Rameau) and England (Henry Purcell). The solo parts will be performed by instrumentalists of the “Wratislavia” Chamber Orchestra, all conducted by Jan Stanienda.