Stabat Mater Poulenc
Mass in C Minor Mozart
27th August, 2017. Christ The King Basilica, Katowice, Poland
Concert in Cathedral of Christ the King: sacred and deeply emotional music
With the standing ovation audience rewarded performers of Sunday concert in Katowice Cathedral. The performers were Symphonic Orchestra of Lviv Virtuosi from Ukraine and Belfast Philharmonic Choir from Northern Ireland.
Enthusiastic reception was caused by exceptional repertory, beautiful voices and spiritual involvement of all performers. We have heard two monumental musical works. First was Stabat Mater by Francois Poulenc – very emotional piece of music written in 1950, full of reflection and musing. Poulenc became very devout catholic after his friend’s deaths in a car crash. He turned into creation of religiously inspired music. Stabat Mater is one of those most beautiful and profound religious compositions ever written.
Great Mass in C-minor by Mozart which belongs to the best known works of sacred music completed the performance. Composer never finished this work but despite of this musicologists always called it Great. In this monumental work sounded vehement prayer, joy and sadness of life. For all these reasons, the concert was exceptionally emotional and mystical- it touched souls. The conductor was Myron Yusipovicz from Ukraine. Professionals from Lviv did not disappoint our expectations. It should be noted that this orchestra is highly emotional, with the original style of performance. The sound they produced emphasized spiritual words sung by soloists and the choir. The performing soloists were Elzbieta Cybala and Agnieszka Wegrzynowska (soprano). Strength of expression and skilful interpretation of music by the powerful Belfast Philharmonic Choir provided very moving and memorable concert experience.
The Choir was prepared by Stephen Doughty.
The concert was a very good example of positive cultural co-operation between Poland Northern Ireland and Ukraine. Immediately after concert artists left for Ukraine to give another performance in Lviv.
From daily newspaper “Dziennik Zachodni”
covering Katowice and Opole regions.