The programme of the 46th edition of the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans that is planned for 3 weeks of September 2011 is created around 3 different motifs.

The first motif called “Saints and Sinners” will present the music of Middle Ages. One of its elements will be telling the story – Choir of Węgajta Theater will play the Middle Ages’ liturgical drama “Ludus Danielis”. The organizer will also guest Benjamin Bagby who will take the role of bard in his version of “Beowulf”epic. The music tradition of courts will be presented by Orlando Consort.


The second and the most expanded part of the Festival will be connected with the motif that presents a quotation from the Middle Ages’ Gregorian hymn “Media vita in morte sumus” (ang. Living we are in death). It will begin with the Symphony no. 8 of Krzysztof Penderecki “Pieśni przemijania”. During the festival organizers want to commemorate the great Polish composer Henryk Michał Górecki who died in 2010 and to present his work “Symfonia pieśni żałośnych”.

The 2011 year is the time of the 10th anniversary of the worst events that happened in New York. The anniversary will be commemorated by Wroclaw’s Festival Orchestra that will present the work of Herbert Howells, Samuel Barbera and amazing Symfonia nr 1” of Elgar. This new orchestra will be directed by the artistic director of the Festival – Paul McCreesh and  will consist of the most talented great Polish musicians and international stars who will play as guests.

During the festival there will be the series of different, late night concerts that will present recitals in the most beautiful Wroclaw’s churches. Nicholas Daniel and Pieter Wispelwey will play the work of Britten, Rachel Podger will present  Bach’s works and Henninga Kraggeruda will present the work of Ysaÿe. Gustav Leondhardt, a legendary  harpsichordist, will be the next famous guest of the festival.

Source: Wratislavia Cantans

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