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Jazz and romance – sold out!

concert number 34


  • Atom String Quartet
    • Dawid Lubowicz violin
    • Mateusz Smoczyński violin
    • Michał Zaborski viola
    • Krzysztof Lenczowski cello


Fryderyk Chopin Mazurka in C major, Op. 24 No. 2 (arr. Mateusz Smoczyński)
Ignacy Jan Paderewski Sarabande. Lento in B minor, Op. 14 No. 2 from the collection Humoresques de Concert,Book 1: À l’antique (arr. Krzysztof Lenczowski)
Krzysztof Penderecki Aria from Three Pieces in Old Style (arr. Mateusz Smoczyński)
Henryk Wieniawski Souvenir de Posen, Op. 3 (arr. Dawid Lubowicz)
Mieczysław Karłowicz Under the Sycamore Tree (Pod jaworem) (arr. Michał Zaborski)
Michał Zaborski Souvenir de Wilno
Henryk Wieniawski Souvenir de San Francisco (arr. Mateusz Smoczyński)

Concert description

Nowadays, “classical” music – covering the period roughly from Bach to World War I – is strictly institutionalized. We refer to it as “classical”, listen to it primarily in philharmonic halls, where the stage and the audience are clearly separated and interpretations usually do not go far beyond the canons.

However, let’s not forget that many works performed today in such “sterile” conditions once served completely different functions: social entertainment, sometimes even an acrobatic virtuosic show, or a souvenir inscribed in someone’s friendship book. Some composers even dismissed their own minor compositions – Mieczysław Karłowicz, for example, referred to his songs as “mistakes of youth.” Some of these works fell out of the repertoire for a long time, treated as something empty or superficial, some functioned only in the pedagogical repertoire. Fortunately, many of them are beginning to be appreciated again today – also thanks to ensembles that by arranging them and bringing different musical worlds together, give them a completely new quality.

– Dominika Micał, “Ruch Muzyczny”