Old and New Music from Poland
The repertoire of Polish vocal group Simultaneo consists of music coming from baroque, as well as from the recent decade. The early period will be represented by Polish and German composers such as Bartłomiej Pękiel, Johann Hermann Schein, Heinrich Schütz and the new compositions are written by Tõnu Kõrvits (2010, for choir and bassoon), Charles Van Hemelryck (2018) and Páll Ragnar Pálsson (2018).
Here is an introductory letter from conductor Karol Kisiel:
We are going to present music by one of the most prominent Polish baroque composers, Bartłomiej Pękiel. The composer, being an organist too, spent considerable part of his life serving at royal court in Warsaw and writing mostly sacred music. Our program will include one of his several masses, II Missa senza la ceremony for double chorus. The second concert is going to be opened by baroque music too, this time represented by German composers: Heinrich Schütz and his beautiful and one of the most known Selig sind die Toten, as well as Johann Hermann Schein’s excerpts from monumental Israelsbrünnlein (The Fountain of Israel). During the second half we are going to perform Baltic Elegies, a beautiful setting to Ivar Ivask’s lyrics written in 2010 by Tõnu Kõrvits, preceded by two pieces for bassoon solo by modern Polish composers Andrzej Dziadek and Bartosz Witkowski, performed by Mirosław Pachowicz. By the third concert we are going to make a little journey from baroque to the modern period, and from music for choir a cappella via pieces for instrument solo to vocal-instrumental music for choir and bassoon. And thus, German baroque music is going to be heard at first (pieces by Heinrich Schütz and Johann Hermann Schein), followed by Charles Van Hemelryck from France and his stirring Présence and completed by Olav Berg’s Vertigo for bassoon solo as well as Tõnu Kõrvits’ Baltic Elegies for bassoon and choir.