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The Polish International Festival that all Aficionados of Classic Music must attend

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The international music festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ has been organised every August since 2005 in the capital of Poland, Warsaw. The festival has become one of the most important cultural events in Europe, celebrating the musical artistry of the European Romantic era within the context of its links with the life and work of one of the most renowned classical pianists in the world, the polish pianist, composer, and teacher Frédéric Chopin.

 

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One of the most enchanting aspects of the festival is its presentation of historical performances, executing works as they were originally heard, on pianos belonging to the era in which the pieces were made. These rare, coveted pianos are currently in the possession of the Frédéric Chopin Institute.

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The event, planned by artistic director Stanisław Leszczyński, consists of thirty-two concerts. Orchestras from Moscow, London, Freiburg and Warsaw; Chopin Competition winners; and other musicians of great international renown, including Alexandre Tharaud, Sergej Krylov, and Sol Gabetta (amongst others), will feature.

Classical music hits will include Beethoven, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Rachmaninov, Paderewski, Sibelius and Elgar in masterful renditions; Polish music from Chopin, Ogiński, Dobrzyński, Kurpiński, Szymanowska, Wolff and Lipiński, to world premières of pieces by Andrzej Czajkowski and Paweł Szymański.

The festival will also present the works of more recent composers renowned as the heirs of the romantic era.

The evening culminates with the grand finale concert, during which three contrasting styles of pianistic interpretation will be juxtaposed. Through the Warsaw Philharmonic, conducted by Jacek Kaspszykl, the audience will hear Yulianna Avdeeva, Ingolf Wunder, and Krzysztof Jabłoński.

If you are interested, make sure to visit the sites that will enhance your knowledge about classical music and thus help you appreciate the festival on an entirely new, different level.  Travel experts from the Lufthansa City Centre suggest visiting the birthplace of Chopin: Zelazowa Wola; the Holy Cross Church – where Chopin’s heart is buried; and Lazienki – the summer residence of the last Polish King where open air concerts of Chopin’s music are held every Sunday during summer.

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For those who want to further bask themselves in Romanticism, a visit to the Bieszczady Mountains, one of the most secluded areas in Europe, is a must. With its lush, soft, green mountains, peppered with traditional wooden churches; its wildlife; and the picturesque, dream-like landscapes, it is a paradise for romantics, lovers of nature, and restless drifters. Less isolated, but just as surreal is Morskie Oko, the largest and fourth deepest lake in the Tatra Mountains, located deep within the Tatra National Park in Poland. Its charm has been known for providing inspiration to painters, poets, and composers.

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For more information on the flights to Poland during this period, and how Bianchi Travel can help you with this journey back to the Romantic Era, visit their profile, where you will find more information.

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