Roll on Beethoven: Warsaw gears up for major festival celebrating the music of the famed composer
The 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival kicks off on April 7 in Warsaw under the slogan with 'Beethoven and the romantic song'.
The festival will bring an action-packed programme that offers an embarrassment of riches to anybody who is a fan of Beethoven’s music.
Andrzej Giza, the festival's organising director, told a Friday press conference that the festival will cover 21 concerts, 13 symphony concerts, four chamber concerts, two song recitals and a concert for children. The festival, although mainly based in the capital, will also spread to a dozen towns, including Zabrze and Kazimierz Dolny.
"The theme of this year's festival is 'Beethoven and the romantic song,' and is connected with the last great request of the recently deceased Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski," Elżbieta Penderecka, the festival’s director general, explained. "His great speciality was not only Chopin, but also romantic song. Keeping in mind the many years of cooperation and friendship with Professor Tomaszewski, we decided to devote the current festival to song. In essence, the current festival is a continuation of the conception of the professor, who was leader of the festival's programme council; I still had time to present this programme to him."
The festival commences on April 7 with an afternoon concert at the Royal Castle - a vocal recital by Matthias Goerne, who will be accompanied by pianist Markus Hinterhauser. The festival runs until April 19.