Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622 for the basset clarinet

Mozart in the original

Never should I have thought that a clarinet could be so capable of imitating a human voice so closely as it was imitated by thee. Verily, thy instrument has so soft and lovely a tone that nobody who has a heart can resist it.

A fragment of a Mozart’s letter to Anton Stadler

Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto is regarded as a milestone for this instrument. Its scope is much larger than all the other pieces so far, not only in terms of size, but in terms of the potential for feelings.

The second part of the concerto is one of the most beautiful in all clarinet music, or maybe even in whole of music…

From the very beginning the second part of the concerto, which Mozart presents, could be associated with some sort of a pastoral landscape. The feelings of longing and nostalgia as well as the theme of nature are all concepts which come immediately to the listener’s mind. Not without reason the second part of the clarinet concerto was used as a leitmotif in the film Out of Africa.

The manuscripts for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (the last instrumental piece) and the Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, disappeared shortly after the composer’s death.

For nearly 150 years the concerto was performed using the classical clarinet. Only in 1948 after long-term studies of the remaining fragments of the piece, it was announced that it is most likely that the concerto was composed for a special variant of clarinet, the basset clarinet, which only Stadler had at the time.

Amadeus Wind Ensemble

Amadeus Wind Ensemble was created to commemorate Mozart’s 225 anniversary of death. The group is combined with members of one of the best orchestras in the world – London Symphony Orchestra, prominent polish instrumentalists, soloists and musicians of best polish philharmonies. The opening concert which starts this tremendous cooperation will be led by Sir Neville Marriner, prominent interpreter of Mozart’s pieces.

The Virtuosos

Six friends who represent extremely different musical styles decided to connect their experience and energy to create an unique sound. That way The Virtuosos was founded in which traditional music is combined with the classical music.

The repertoire which is presented by the band enthralls with sound, recklessness, virtuosity and energy which from the first bars delights the audition. The programme – is a combination of the best dance tunes. Almost every of the pieces is presented in different way, which is supported by arrangements and compositions by Krzesimir Dębski and Maryan Lomaha. The repertoire not only shows the high level of artists performance but is an evidence of their versatility too. If music called – classical music – needs to enthralls the listeners with new propositions it seems that The Virtuosos found the best way. The programme is a combination of the most beautiful dances, among others you can hear The Fiddler on the roof, Libertango, Black Eyes and dances from all over the world.

Zamach na Żołnierza

Baśń o nieroztropnym żołnierzu, który nie przejął się przestrogą:

Biada temu, co pragnie zbyt wiele…

Zamach na żołnierza is an original project of IART Management. Krzyszof Grzybowski invited the artists which are most outstanding and adored by the polish audience. Among them is a violin virtuoso – Bartłomiej Nizioł (the winner of Wieniawski Competition, one of the best polish violin players), greek pianist Triantafyllos Liotis (the winner of prestigious german prize ECHO Klassik Preis). The narrator is Zbigniew Zamachowski who will in soldier costume present the original text of Charles – Ferdinand Ramuz in poetic translation of Julian Tuwim.

Grzybowski Duo

The band, which combines with prominent instrumentalist – brothers: Krzysztof an Andrzej Grzybowski, was founded in 2010. Clarinetist and accordionist are performing a rich repertoire which reflects the virtuoso possibilities of both instruments, enormous number of sound colours and depth of the musical message – from the transcriptions of baroque music through classical compositions to jazz music and modern pieces dedicated to clarinet and accordion.

The duo is performing on many european stages and received very positive feedback. During concert season 2016/2017 the CD of the Grzybowski brothers will be released. It will be named Conversations.

Historical clarinet

Stylish performance of early music is nowadays one of the most important aspects in the artistic life. Music is played in the old performance practice way. It becomes popular to use historical instruments (or many modern copies of the old instruments), old ways of sound production, historical technique and learning of the knowledge which enables to have broad context of the functioning of early music.

The project was started to show the music of classical masters as it sounded originally. Works of Molter, Stamitz, Mozart or Beethoven are performed on the clarinet made with historical tradition – carved in boxwood – which gives the sound an enormously worm and subtle sound.