The Royal Castle in Warsaw
There is still a lot of Polish music, unjustly forgotten and therefore too rarely performed. Szymon Mechliński, an exceptionally talented baritone of the young generation, has been working toward restoring these long-unheard works to the stage, dusting off the names of composers who have been building the Polish opera tradition for decades.
In the concert program, the name of Henryk Jarecki returns like a refrain. The composer and conductor played an important role in shaping the Polish opera scene in Lviv and took an active part in organizing the musical life of the capital of Galicia. His operas and songs often alluded to Polish-Lithuanian history and tradition. Unfortunately, the works staged at the Skarbkowski Theater and conducted by the composer himself never returned to the stage in the years that followed. Fragments of other works that suffered a similar fate will also be heard during the recital: an aria from Pan Wołodyjowski by Henryk Skirmunt – an opera that did not return to the stage after the Lviv premiere in March 1902, and Angelos’ monologue from the universal work Wyrok by Zygmunt Noskowski. The latter was taken off the stage of the Grand Theater in Warsaw after only four performances in 1906.
The concert will also include works from the first half of the 19th century – an aria from Franciszek Mirecki’s opera I due forzati and a passage from Karol Kurpiński’s opera Leśniczy w Kozienickiej Puszczy. Both composers went down in history as one of the most outstanding Polish opera composers of the pre-Moniuszko era. Interestingly, Mirecki created works in both Polish and Italian. However, the Italian works, created for the theaters in Genoa and Lisbon, were almost never staged in Poland.
Henryk Skirmuntt (1869-1939) – Aria (Azja Tuhajbejowicz) Ałła! Ałła! from Act I of the opera Pan Wołodyjowski
Franciszek Mirecki (1791-1862) – Recitative and aria (Carlo) Sedato è già il rumore… Quanti allo sguardo from Act I of the opera I due forzati
Henryk Jarecki (1846-1918) – Zdrowaś Maryja
Jan Skrzydlewski (1867-1943) – 3 songs to poems by Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer:
W twoje cudne, cudne, cudne oczy
Jak słodko usnąć
Tyś harfą z płomienia
Zygmunt Noskowski (1846-1909) – Monologue (Angelos) Boże! Sędzio! Mścicielu! from Act II of the opera Wyrok
Henryk Jarecki (1846-1918) – Aria (Karol) Wszedłem pod czarne sklepienie from Act I of the opera Nowy Don Kiszot
Karol Kurpiński (1785-1857) – Aria (Kurdesz) Od dnia jakem się narodził from the opera Leśniczy w Kozienickiej Puszczy
Henryk Jarecki (1846-1918) – Gawęda Jakubowicza, czyli wieczór w Kuźni
SZYMON MECHLIŃSKI BARITONE
MICHAŁ BIEL GRAND PIANO
Duration: approx. 1 h
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
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