29.08. – Beethoven Electric 2D

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29.08.,  6:00  pm – BEETHOVEN ELECTRIC 2D
Concert Hall in CKK Jordanki / Tickets: PLN 40 (BUY TICKET)

Urszula Dudziak – vocal
Adam Bałdych – violin
Dominik Wania – piano
Maciej Żuchowski – guitar
Mateusz Honisz – bass
Mirosław Hady – drums
Sylwia Lorens – vocal
Toruń Symphony Orchestra
Mikołaj Blajda – artistic direction

L. van Beethoven:
Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67, 1st & 2nd movements
Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, 1st & 2nd movements
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op.27, No. 2, 1st & 3rd movements
The Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 , 4th movement
“Für Elise” Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor

While listening to the ‘vocalised’ versions of Beethoven’s works the reflections of Richard Wagner come to mind, who believed that the most perfect version of Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 was the one that was ‘sung’ by the orchestra: “It was most instructive to me when in 1839 in Paris I listened to the Conservatory orchestra preparing the enigmatic ‘Ninth Symphony’. It was an eye-opening experience; I finally understood the value of correct performance and the secret of good playing. The orchestra learned to find melody in Beethoven’s every bar (…); and it literally sang that melody”.  And the Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 can also be sung, not to mention the famous bagatelle ‘For Elise’. But let us leave this task to Urszula Dudziak, as she can ‘sing everything’.

With the advent of the classical sonata, the polyphony, which was the natural substance of the Baroque, became self-limiting. The sonata provides the performer and the listener with a certain security, as it makes use of a fixed formal scheme and a considerable degree of tonal predictability. All this, however, does not apply to Beethoven’s sonatas, as he expands the narrow space of the sonata structure and enlivens it by endless polyphony. He tries to combine the two elements of fire and water, homophony and polyphony. In this way he invigorates the densely woven network of dependencies of the sonata with polyphony, opening it up to infinity and giving it a Romantic touch. Just see how romantic in expression is the free introduction of the grave in Piano Sonata in C minor Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’. The title of the work, which was not provided by Beethoven, was inspired by it. Piotr Orawski wrote “Grave from the Sonata ‘Pathetique’ is aggressive and sharp, with jagged punctuated rhythms, sudden collapses, dramatic contrasts and enormous tension, which explode with all their might in the fast allegro”. Emotional relief after this agitation is brought by Adagio cantabile (part II). Romantic expression is also present in the second Sonata quasi una fantasia Op. 27, called ‘The Moonlight Sonata’. This composition is a manifestation of a new style of piano music. Here, Beethoven changes the distribution of tensions in the sonata cycle and endows the key significance to movement three, not movement one, as it was customary at the time. Many composers of the 19th century will take over this way of shaping the sonata from the master from Bonn.

Aneta Derkowska, PhD

There is no intermission in the concert.
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