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Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

Warsaw Philharmonic Choir


The Choir began its professional activity under Zbigniew Soja in 1953 and gave its first concert in May of the same year under Witold Rowicki, who was artistic director of Warsaw Philharmonic at that time. The subsequent choirmasters were: Roman Kuklewicz (1955-1971), Józef Bok (1971-1974), Antoni Szaliński (1974-1978), and the present choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski, who has held this position since 1978. The central part of the choir's artistic Read more on Last.fm
The Choir began its professional activity under Zbigniew Soja in 1953 and gave its first concert in May of the same year under Witold Rowicki, who was artistic director of Warsaw Philharmonic at that time. The subsequent choirmasters were: Roman Kuklewicz (1955-1971), Józef Bok (1971-1974), Antoni Szaliński (1974-1978), and the present choirmaster Henryk Wojnarowski, who has held this position since 1978. The central part of the choir's artistic activity are frequent symphonic and choral-orchestral concerts given each season with Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra as well as a cappella performances in Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. The Choir also performs regularly at the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music and in Wrocław at the Wratislavia Cantans Festival. The Warsaw Philharmonic Choir is also very active internationally, performing for audiences in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and Turkey. It has frequently been invited to give concerts with eminent orchestras, such as the Munich Philharmonic, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the RIAS Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestras, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Symphony Orchestra in Rome, the Brussels Opera Orchestra, the Palermo Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Milanese La Scala. A significant event in the choir's history was the invitation to take part in the La Scala production of Donatoni's Atem in 1985.

Following this first appearance in an opera, it was invited to the La Scala again to participate in Weber's Oberon (1989) and Beethoven's Fidelio (1990). The Choir also sang in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress (1986) and Mozart's The Magic Flute (1987) at La Fenice in Venice; in Beethoven's Fidelio in Paris (1989); in Szymanowski's King Roger (1992), Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex (1993) and Honegger's Antigone (1993) in Palermo and Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri in Pesaro. In 1988 and 1990, the choir was invited to the Vatican to take part in the celebrations of the successive anniversaries of Pope John Paul II's pontificate. Television stations throughout Europe broadcast the concerts.

In December 2001, the Choir together with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra performed for John Paul II again in a special concert commemorating the centenary of Warsaw Philharmonic, this time presenting Missa pro pace by Wojciech Kilar. Among the Polish and foreign baton masters who performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir, there were: Gary Bertini, Sergiu Comissiona, Henryk Czyż, Jacek Kaspszyk, Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Lorin Maazel, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Zubin Mehta, Grzegorz Nowak, Seiji Ozawa, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Rowicki, Jerzy Semkow, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Stravinsky, Stanisław Wisłocki, Antoni Wit, and Bohdan Wodiczko. The choir's enormous repertoire comprises more than 150 oratorios and choral works from the Middle Ages to contemporary music. Polish music, in particular the works of Krzysztof Penderecki, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Wojciech Kilar, is a very important part of their repertoire. The choir has performed all of Penderecki's oratorios and a cappella works. The latter performances were released on records, as well as recordings of St Luke Passion (twice), A Polish Requiem, Seven Gates of Jerusalem and Credo.

A recording of St Luke Passion with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under Penderecki himself, made in 1991, was nominated for the Grammy Award. The choir has also sung Penderecki's Te Deum, Utrenya, Psalms of David, Dies irae, Veni Creator, Cheruvimska Pyesn, his opera Paradise Lost, Handel's Messiah, Israel in Egypt and Judas Maccabaeus, Verdi's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Beethoven's Fidelio and Symphony No. 9, Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust, Bruckner's Te Deum, Elsner's Passion, Szymanowski's Harnasie and Symphony No. 3, Maciejewski's Requiem.

The choir's most recent recording is Krzysztof Penderecki's St Luke Passion with the National Philharmonic under Antoni Wit which will be released worldwide by Naxos. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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