Thursday 7 October 2021

Joy & Devotion: festival of Polish Sacred Music from 13th century to contemporary

Joy & Devotion -  Adam Mickiewicz Institute's festival of Polish sacred music
Joy & Devotion is a new festival taking place at St-Martin-in-the-Fields from 2 to 5 November 2021 under the artistic directorship of Paweł Łukaszewski. Presented by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, this is a new annual festival devoted to Polish sacred music from the medieval to the contemporary. 

The oldest works to be performed at the Festival, 15th century Jerzy Liban’s Ortus de Polonia and 13th century Wincenty of Kielcza’s Gaude Mater Polonia, will be included in Nigel Short and Tenebrae's programme, along with 16th century composer Marcin Leopolita’s Missa Paschalis, the earliest known example of Polish six-part choral polyphony, plus music by Łukaszewski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010) and Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013).

Owain Park and the Gesualdo Six will be performing Krzystof Borek’s 16th century Missa Mater Matris, based on Josquin's mass of the same name, alongside two premieres by Aleksander Jan Szopa and Łukasz Farcinkiewicz, plus music by Andrzej Panufnik (1914-1991), Roxanna Panufnik and post-WWII organist and improviser Marian Sawa(1937-2005).

Sarah Latto conducts the vocal ensemble Echo in 17th century composer Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki’s Missa Paschalis, plus motets by two other 17th century composers Mikołaj Zieleński and Wacław of Szamotuły and music by three contemporary composers Roxanna Panufnik, Aleksandra Chmielewska and Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk.  Echo will also give a concert in Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Festival of Voice (4/11/2021) with Gorczycki’s Missa Paschalis and Zielenski’s Laetentur caeli alongside works by Italian composers Luca Marenzio, Asprillo Pacelli and Vincenzo Bertolusi. 

Further details from the St Martin-in-the-Fields website.

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