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Encounter With Korean Maestro
March 4, 2009 By P.M.     wersja polska »
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Kun Woo Paik, the outstanding South Korean pianist, will perform at the Warsaw Philharmonic on March 13. The concert's repertoire includes Olivier Messiaen's La ville d'en haut; Manuel de Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain for piano and orchestra; Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for Strings op. 2 and Dmitri Shostakovich's Ninth Symphony Es-dur op. 70. Michał Klauza will be the conductor.

La ville d'en haut (The City on High) for piano, brass and percussion, is Messiaen's musical image of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly life of the redeemed. Wind instruments converse with solo piano, which sounds like bird song. Kun Woo Paik, particularly well regarded for his interpretation of 20th century music, will play the solo. Karłowicz's nostalgic Serenade comes later on in the program.

Shostakovich wrote his 9th Symphony just after the end of the Second World War. He no doubt disappointed the Soviet government, who were expecting a pompous victory hymn, and created instead a symphony different to all his others: harmonious, playful, light and neo-classical.

Conductor Michał Klauza works with the Welsh National Opera in Cardiff. The concert's honorary patron is the South Korean ambassador to Warsaw.

March 13 , Warsaw Philharmonic, 10 Sienkiewicza St., 6 p.m.
Tickets: zl.45, 40, 35, 30 and 25
www.filharmonia.pl, www.ticketonline.pl
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