Some Easter Music

Easter time is very often busy for musicians, especially for oratorio singers. On the 6th of April 2019 Karol Kozłowski, invited by the conductor Bartłomiej Stankowiak and the leader of the Arte dei Suonatori Orchestra – Aureliusz Goliński, performed the role of the Evangelist in J. S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. The concert took place at The Holy Saviour Church in Zielona Góra. The other soloists were Marzena Michałowska, Piotr Olech. Aleksander Kunach, Jan Bukowski and Maciej Straburzyński. They were supported by Cantus Humanus -the chamber choir of Zielona Góra University.

On the 14th of April 2019 at the Preacher’s Church (Predigerkirche) in Basel the rarity was presented to the public – Passione secondo San Giovanni composed by Alessandro Scarlatti. The small group of baroque instruments and the octet of singers were conducted by the harpsichordist, organist and professor at the famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis – Jörg-Andreas Bötticher. The most important vocal part of Scarlatti’s Passion – Testo, was sung by the Italian countertenor Flavio Ferri-Benedetti. Karol Kozłowski performed the role of Petrus. Both singers joined the ensemble to sing the choral parts as well as a few responsories of the same composer in the course of biblical narration. The Polish tenor will sing again before Swiss audience on the 12th of May 2019 performing music of Johann Christoph Bach, that was Johann Sebastian Bach’s talented relative. Jörg-Andreas Bötticher will be the musical director. Among the vocal cast – the legend of the historically informed performance practice: Argentinian soprano Maria Cristina Kiehr.

On Good Friday the 19th of April 2019 in the concert hall of NOSPR in Katowice {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna and the soloists: Dorota Szczepańska, Reginald Mobley, Karol Kozłowski and Marek Rzepka, with The Marian Consort singing the choral parts, presented W. A. Mozart’s Requiem. This classical masterpiece was directed by the leader of the orchestra, violinist Martyna Pastuszka.

On the 27th of April 2019 in Aula Magna of the Branicki Palace in Białystok Easter Oratorio of J. S. Bach and G. H. Händel’s  Chandos Anthem No. 11 „Let God arise” HWV 256a will be performed. Among the soloists: Marta Wróblewska, Małgorzata Trojanowska, Marcin Liwień, Karol Kozłowski and Jarosław Bręk. The Orchestra and Choir of Ancient Music „Diletto” will be conducted by Anna Moniuszko.

(photo credit: Magdalena Hałas)