International Festival Wratislavia Cantans 2019. Tickets already on sale
This year’s programme will contain much Italian music, a few Polish rarities and classical works. The festival will be held from 6th till 15th September. Tickets are already on sale.
Farther towards the South
During the 54th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans, we will be admiring pearls of Italian music: Antonio Vivaldi’s oratorio Juditha Triumphans, Alessandro Scarlatti’s sacred pieces that are unknown to the broad audience and Tolomeo e Alessandro – an opera written by his son Domenic Scarlatti.
“This year’s Wratislavia Cantans turns to the South, looks at the inspirations constantly coming from there, observes the cross-over of traditions, and looks for sources of our contemporary culture in this region," announces Giovanni Antonini – an Italian conductor, the leader of the Il Giardino Armonico ensemble and the Artistic Director of the Wroclaw festival for the last 6 years.
However, he understands the term ‘South’ more broadly than his homeland Italy. It encompasses also farther regions, such as Egypt; therefore, this year’s repertoire includes hymns of the Coptic Church performed by the Coptic Orthodox Church Choir of Sacred Music.
There will also be the Mozarabic chant interpreted by the famous Ensemble Organum under the direction of Marcel Pérès, traditional music from the Holy Mount Athos (Greek Byzantine Choir) and instrumental music from Africa (a special programme prepared by cellist Giovanni Sollima).
Apart from Southern motifs, the programme of Wratislavia Cantans contains Polish works. Andrzej Kosendiak continues his musical trips with Wroclaw Baroque Ensemble, this time turning towards Mikołaj Zieleński’s music, and the concert of traditional Polish folk music performed by a number of ensembles (including a dance theatre and a Lemko ensemble) can become a true sensation.
Classical works: Mahler and Gershwin
Apart from works strictly fitting in with the motto of this year’s festival, we will have an opportunity to listen to a few classical symphony and opera works. A large number of music lovers is looking forward to a visit by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of one of its favourite conductors – Zubin Mehta.
He will conduct the performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 featuring the National Forum of Music Boy’s Choir.
This year’s festival audience may be enchanted with George Gershwin’s work Porgy and Bess with many jazz hits that have immediately gone beyond from the opera theatre to jazz clubs: Summertime, the duet Bess, You Is My Woman Now, or I Got Plenty o’Nuttin’.
Today Gershwin’ opera is less often presented on stage; we can frequently listen to its fragments in various arrangements. This year there will be an opportunity to hear the whole work performed live by the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic under the direction of Wayne Marshall with soloists and Hertfordshire Chorus.
One of the greatest stars will be Zubin Mehta, who will conduct the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Giovanni Antonini is also held in high esteem in Wroclaw, and concerts featuring his Il Giardino Armonico ensemble always attract a crowd of fans. The same will certainly happen in September, when they perform Domenico Scarlatti’s opera along with a cast of soloists.
Led invariably by Marcel Pérès, Ensemble Organum has continued to thrill the audience for years. This year they will present the Mozarabic chant.
And, last but not least, Giovanni Sollima – a charismatic Italian cellist who loves crossing musical borders and genres and seeks inspiration in entirely new music rather than the well-known repertoire. In September, he will take us on a musical trip from Rome to the other side of the Mediterranean Sea.
“Sollima, fascinated by folklore, and especially by the rhythm in ethnic music, will in his concert alternate works by composers associated with Naples, and thus the south of Italy, with indigenous music from Africa," announces Giovanni Antonini.
The festival concerts will held not only in the premises of the National Forum of Music, but also in the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross and St. Bartholomew at Ostrów Tumski, the Church of St. Stanislaus, St. Dorothea and St. Wenceslaus, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Polish National Catholic Cathedral), the University Church and the White Stork Synagogue. The cities in Lower Silesia where festival concerts will be held as usual are to be announced at a slightly later date.
Tickets to concerts have been on sale since 25th February. Concerts with the biggest cast cost from 90 to 250 PLN, slightly smaller concerts cost from 50 to 110 PLN, and chamber concerts cost from 30 to 80 PLN.