Friday, 28th of June 2019


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
For the start, the Festival strikes the high C. The inauguration concert of the 23rd Chamber Music Festival “Arsenal Nights” will flow with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest composers in the history of time. His masterpieces have become not just symbols, but synonyms of the perfection in arts, very much like Raphael’s paintings, Shakespeare’s plays or Michelangelo’s sculptures. In the eventful programme of the night, one can find pieces for orchestra (two early symphonies), but also two religious’ compositions for vocal and instruments. We will experience the fabulous “Exsultate, jubilate” and excerpts of Mozart’s most famous masses. Soprano will be performed by the young talented singer Sylwia Gorajek. She will be accompanied by The Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra directed by Jan Stanienda.       


Sunday, 30th of June 2019


An enchanted chamber music.
An enchanted Night with a young but already acclaimed Polish chamber group The Penderecki Piano Trio. The group is cofounded by three instrumentalists: Konrad Skolarski (piano), Jarosław Nadrzycki (violin), and Karol Marianowski (cello). The Penderecki Piano Trio commemorate in their name their mentor, Krzysztof Penderecki, one of the greatest Polish composers, the man with undisputable contribution to Polish heritage and music of the 20th century. But on this occasion we will listen to the group’s classical and romantic repertoire. The programme of the night is packed with such hits as Sergei Rachmaninoff’s nostalgic “Vocalise” renowned in the world with dozens of most imaginative arrangements, either orchestral or chamber. The artists will also play piano trios by Haydn (The Gypsy Trio), Debussy, and Rachmaninoff (Trio élégiaque in G minor).       


Monday, 1st of July 2019


A musical journey to Lisbon: The Night with fado.
Fado means literally fate, destiny. But for the millions of fans from all over the world, fado is the genre of unique, moody, melancholic Portuguese song, which traces back in documented tradition as far as the beginning of the 19th century. Fado songs, accompanied by inevitable sounds of a guitar, were brought to living two centuries ago in seaports of Portugal. Today they are a part of the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. They constitute an immaterial symbol of Portugal. And we have the pleasure to invite you to a concert of Telmo Pires, one of the most recognizable performers of fado, as well as a composer and lyrics writer. He is also very successful in merging the tradition with the modern. The artist will be accompanied by a group of musicians.       


Wednesday, 3rd of July 2019


The Night full of poetry: quartet, quintet, sextet…
The Night filled with poetry expressed just with sounds: romantic, alluring chamber music of the 19th century masters. Also, a tribute of the Arsenal Nights to Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of the art of Polish national opera, the composer who was born exactly two hundred years ago. We will listen to his rarely performed juvenile piece, String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor. On top of that our seasoned instrumentalists, the soloists of the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, will perform for you two masterpieces by Brahms: String Quintet in G Major No. 2, Op. 111, and String Sextet in G Major No. 2, Op. 36.       


Friday, 5th of July 2019


Haydn’s Concertos and movie music.
This Night has a number of attractions in the programme, with styles and moods whirling like in a kaleidoscope. Which one to name first? Perhaps the world premiere of “Emotions in Motion” by Rodrigo Flores López, a modern Mexican composer. This piece is dedicated to the Wratislavia Chamber Orchestra, who will indeed play it for you under the direction of Jan Stanienda. Not a bit less exciting will prove to be the “Movie Suite”, an arrangemend consisting of compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Stanisław Radwan, Andrzej Korczyński and Paweł Mykietyn, with the common theme here being the music of films directed by Andrzej Wajda. This will also be the night of promotion for our talented youth. We will listen to Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major played by eleven-years-old Fryderyk Midor, the award winner in 30 cello competitions in Poland, Czech, Croatia, Germany and Slovakia. And the Violin Concerto in C Major, also by Haydn, will be performed by Marcel Groblewski, only 17 years old, but already having an impressive record of achievements in music competitions.       


Saturday, 6th of July 2019


Pre-war Polish jazz.
The Night with the Młynarski-Masecki Jazz Band, not just outstanding, but the only of the kind. Jan Młynarski is a drummer, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist, and is known of his admiration to old time standards, and particularly to hits sang in the pre-war Warsaw. He can present them in a way that is catchy for the modern audience, which is greatly helped by the fact that they are frequently of much better quality than the hits of today. Marcin Masecki, who is the second pillar of the duo, doubles also as the arranger and musical manager of the group. They will play for us such gems as “Mr Brown”, “Abdul Bey”, “Little Miss”, “New York Baby” and “Night in the Big City”.       


Sunday, 7th of July 2019


Telemann, Bach and… Vivaldi!!
The finale of the Arsenal Nights will explode with baroque splendour! Our audience will be entertained with a selection of violin concerts of Vivaldi, the composer so much enjoyed by all of us. Amongst other pieces we will listen to the Concerto for 4 Violins in E Minor. But that is not the end of the fireworks in the Night’s programme. The will come as well Telemann’s Ouverture-Suite in A Minor, and the ingenious Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach himself. All that performed by the soloists and musicians who together form the Chamber Orchestra Wratislavia, for many years the hosts of our Festival. As the violinist and director we will see Jan Stanienda, the Artistic Director of the Festival Arsenal Nights.