NewsPrecious Holy Week
Add date: Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Seven concerts in seven days – counting it all up seems to be easy, and the number of masterpieces, ensembles and places where this year’s edition of the Misteria Paschalia Festival was celebrated is generally known. However, this event is not about the numbers - once again, Krakow became the world capital of early music. The 13th edition of one of the most notable early music festivals in Europe is now history, leaving the audiences hoping for a great musical feast next year.
Add date: Monday, 28 March 2016
"Mene, mene. Tekel. Unfaris." – "Considered, weighed, divided." The most famous sentence from the story of Belshazzar, King of Babylon, announcing the end of his kingdom, concluded the 13th Misteria Paschalia festival. And the event was in no way divided – we will long remember the cycle of concerts and emotions that went with them. The closing concert was a truly grand finale bringing together saw soloists, the Accademia Bizantina orchestra and the Capella Cracoviensis choir under the baton of Ottavio Dantone.
Add date: Sunday, 27 March 2016
Put very simply, Vox Luminis is best known as a vocal and instrumental (mainly vocal) ensemble with an aesthetic falling somewhere between Philippe Herrweghe's gentle pastels, a British balance of voices and fullness of sound. This subtlety, combined with a select repertoire, made the ensemble the perfect choice for performing at the Chapel of St. Kinga at the Wieliczka Salt Mine on Easter Saturday. Traditionally, the concerts are steeped in deep meditation. This time the audience heard Dietrich Buxtehude's cantata cycle "Membra Jesu Nostri" and Agostin Steffani's "Stabat Mater". Vox Luminis were accompanied by instrumentalists from L'Acheron.
Add date: Saturday, 26 March 2016
Whenever a concert headed by Marc Minkowski is announced, audiences wonder what the French conductor will reveal. He has already brought Bach's Passion and Mozart's Great Mass in C-minor to the Misteria Paschalia festival, and yesterday he returned with the highly awaited Requiem.A tasty treat after three centuries
Add date: Friday, 25 March 2016
The internal struggle of St Anthony, the first and the most famous hermit, his journey toward holiness presented in the form of a dialogue between the protagonist, an Angel and Jesus Christ himself – who support him on his road – and the personified Penance were a basis for the libretto of the oratorio by Michele Falco, discovered now after three centuries. Fabio Biondi and his Europa Galante ensemble restored the Oratorio di Sant'Antonio to the world and yesterday captivated the audience gathered in the Krakow Philharmonic.