7th Kraków Cello Spring

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Is it spring already? It is: the 7th Kraków Cello Spring (5-8 March)! This year’s concerts focus in turn on Cello in Three Versions (solo and in a duet and trio), works by Ludwig van Beethoven (commemorating the 250th anniversary of his birth!) and sounds of South America (including Heitor Villa-Lobos Fantasia concertante for cello orchestra). The finale, resounding with Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos and Mikołaj Górecki’s Elegy for cello and string quintet, is testament of the ceaseless popularity of this instrument. Its melodious sound and velvet timbre are presented during springtime concerts by lecturers and students at the Academy of Music in Kraków, as well as special guests including Alexander Gebert and Lars Hoefs.

(Barbara Skowrońska, “Karnet” monthly)

5 March, 7pm
Cello in Three Scenes
Aleksander Gebert (cello)
Piotr Lato (clarinet)
Bartłomiej Kominek (piano)

P. Hindemith Sonata for cello solo Op. 25 No. 3
D. Shostakovich Sonata in D minor Op. 40
H.M. Górecki Recitatives and Ariosos “Lerchenmusik” for clarinet, cello and piano Op. 53

6 March, 7pm
Ludwig van Beethoven – Vol. 1
Lars Hoefs, Thomas Altman, Weronika Strugała, Monika Krasicka-Gajownik, Zdzisław Łapiński (cello)
Aleksandra Dobrowolska, Barbara Warzyca, Piotr Filek (piano)

L. van Beethoven Sonata in F major Op. 5 No. 1
7 Variations on the Theme “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen” from the Opera “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart WoO 4
12 Variations on the Theme “See here the conqu'ring hero comes” from “Judas Maccabaeus” by G.F. Handel WoO 45
12 Variations on the Theme “Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen” from the Opera “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart Op. 66
Sonata in G minor Op. 5 No. 2

7 March, 7pm
(not) Only Cello! Music of the South America
Alejandrina Vázquez (soprano)
Lars Hoefs, Weronika Strugała, Paweł Czarakcziew, Monika Würsten, Jan Kalinowski, Gabriela Karpiesiuk, Thomas Altman, Monika Krasicka, Maria Czaplińska, Zhang Weicheng, Eliza Lechwar, Beata Zawiła, Natalia Górny, Monika Butryn, Wu Minyi, Monika Krasicka, Leo Barraza, Natalia Sławek, Melis Senguler, Anna Klimczyk, Julia Ptasznik, Adrianna Klepacz, Martyna Miodońska, Karolina Tajchner, Magdalena Chruszcz, Katarzyna Bryniczka, Klaudia Borowiec, Hu Xe, Aleksandra Kuklińska, Andrzej Vorontsov (cello)
Paweł Chmielewski (percussion)

A. Piazzolla Four Seasons (arr. J. Barralet)
J.E. González Medina Soñando de venganza, El casino del danzón
H. Villa-Lobos Bachianas No. 5, Ária, Dança, Fantasia concertante for cello orchestra

8 March, 7pm
Lars Hoefs, Jan Kalinowski (cello)
Marek Romanowski (double bass)
Kraków Cello Spring Orchestra

A. Vivaldi Concerto in G minor for two cellos
M. Górecki Elegy for cello and string quintet
G. Bottesini Fantasia on the Theme from “I Puritani” for cello, double bass and chamber orchestra (arr. M. Romanowski)
J.G. Ripper Sea Song for cello solo and chamber orchestra

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