Discover the dizzying beauty of Karol Szymanowski’s music in an intimate concert in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room.
We are celebrating the work of the 20th century Polish composer following the Australian premiere of his stunning opera King Roger.
As Europe imploded during the first world war, Szymanowski retreated into music. In the isolation of his Ukrainian family estate, exempt from conscription, he found solace in music that told of faraway places.
His music is intoxicating: sometimes hypnotic, sometimes ecstatic, sometimes floating on a single melodic line and sometimes extravagant with harmony.
Szymanowski took the threads of Romanticism and French Impressionist music and wove something entirely new, gilding the tapestry with exotic melodies from the Middle East and Greek antiquity.
'Fountain of Arethusa' from Trois Mythes
String Quartet no. 2
'Chant de Roxane' from King Roger
Songs of the Infatuated Muezzin
|Violin||Jun Yi Ma|
Approximately 60 minutes
Performed in Polish