Baroque Music of Poland’s Golden Age

Baroque Music of Poland’s Golden Age
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"‘Chant 21’
Jacek Wislocki – director • Jerzy Zak – artistic director

Roisin O'Grady, Catherine Reeding – sopranos
Michaela Chirvase – alto; Jacek Wislocki – tenor; Paul McGough – bass
Monica Hugget, Claire Duff – violins
Sarah Groser, Andrew Robinson, Sarah Halpin – viols
Ian Keatley – organ; Jerzy Zak – theorbo/lute

Featuring vocal-instrumental music by
Stanisław Sylwester SZARZYŃSKI (2nd half of 17th c.)
Sonata for 2 violins & continuo
Gloria in excelsis Deo – Motetto de Nativitate Domini
Ave Regina caelorum – Motetto
Pariendo non gravaris – Concerto de BV Maria
Veni Sancte Spiritus – Concerto a 3
Quam felix curia – Concerto de Sanctis
Ad hymnos ad cantus – Motetto
as well as instrumental works by foreigners active in 17th c. Poland:
Aldebrando SUBISSATI (1606-1677)
Johann Valentin MEDER (1649-1719)

Interspersed by tasty modern Polish compositions for your pleasure and edification by:
Marek PASIECZNY (*1980) & Marian SAWA (1937-2005)

Under the direction of one of the Ireland’s leading tenors Jacek Wislocki, and the artistic management of early specialist and lutenist Jerzy Zak from Poland, a chamber music ensemble Chant 21 will present a ‘sound postcard’ of music, which flourished in the 17thcentury Poland. Composed in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the biggest European state of its time, this music was thriving in churches, the Royal Court of Warsaw, and as public entertainment in autonomous city by the sea, Gdansk. Untouched during the Thirty Years' War and famous for its political and religious tolerance, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth attracted roving musicians and artists from all over Europe, whose music penetrated to the heart of Polish society. Warsaw was where the first opera in Europe was played (outside of Italy), and performers from all corners of Europe flourished under the Vasa Kings’ patronage. Very little of this ‘melting pot’ of musical heritage still survives. Fortunately some splendid music was retrieved from scores hidden in church archives and passed down from generation to generation. Chant 21 has assembled musicians of the highest international standard to present to you some of these surviving musical gems. The concert will present some of the finest pieces that perfectly portray the musical style of the Golden Age Poland for the first time in Ireland.

Admission: Standard €18/ Concession €10/ Students €5 (children free).

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