Edvard Grieg

Peer Gynt Incidental Music

Alexander Liebreich
Conductor
NOSPR
Marita Solberg
soprano
Anna Lubańska
mezzo-soprano
Mariusz Bonaszewski
speaker
Alexander Liebreich

Alexander Liebreichhas proven himself to be one of the most avid conductors of his generation. Having only assumed the position of Principal Conductor of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice in 2012, he has already received widespread recognition in Poland for reinventing the sound and programming of this tradition-steeped orchestra. Liebreich has also been Chief Conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 2006 until 2016: under his leadership, the orchestra has made tremendous strides through the development of new concert formats. In the same way, South Korea’s Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) – which Liebreich led from 2011 to 2014 – has also benefited greatly from this spirit of renewal. In May 2016 the new concert hall in Katowice hosted the festival Katowice Kultura Natura under the artistic guidance of Alexander Liebreich for the second time.

Liebreich continually unearths new perspectives through his sleek, distinct and deft approach. He is equally aware of the historical, political and social dimensions of music: it is one’s responsibility towards the future to portray the present. Vocal music has always played a prominent role in Alexander Liebreich’s career. Born in Regensburg, Liebreich was steeped in the choir tradition of his hometown at an early age. In addition to conducting, he studied voice with the goal of being able to focus on both Romance philology and music history. Liebreich has conducted many renowned orchestras: he recently made his debut at such venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Cité de la Musique in Paris.


NOSPR

NOSPRfulfils the role of an ambassador of Polish culture on the international artistic scene. The ensemble has performed in Brussels (Europalia), Vienna (the opening of the Polish Year in Austria), Madrid (the gala concert of the Polish year in Spain), Rome (the celebration of the 70th anniversary of H.M. Górecki’s birthday), Kiev (the inauguration of the Polish Year in Ukraine), Paris (the gala concert of the New Poland Polish Year in France), and in London (the inauguration of the Polish year in Great Britain). The Orchestra has collaborated with some of the greatest composers of the second half of the 20th century: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, delivering the first performances of their works.

The NOSPR was founded in 1935 in Warsaw by Grzegorz Fitelberg who led it until the outbreak of World War II. In 1945, the orchestra was revived in Katowice by Witold Rowicki. In 1947, the post of the artistic director was taken again by Fitelberg. After his death in 1953, the orchestra was headed in succession by Jan Krenz, Bohdan Wodiczko, Kazimierz Kord, Tadeusz Strugała, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Stanisław Wisłocki, Jacek Kaspszyk, Antoni Wit, Gabriel Chmura and, once again, by Jacek Kaspszyk. In September 2000, Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa became the institution’s General and Programme Director. Since 2009, the post of the Associate Conductor has been entrusted to Michał Klauza. Stanisław Skrowaczewski is the first Guest Conductor of the NOSPR, Jan Krenz is a Honorary Conductor. On the 31st of August 2012, Alexander Liebreich became the Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the NOSPR.

Apart from making archival recordings for the Polish Radio, the Orchestra has recorded more than 200 CD albums for many renowned record companies (including Decca, EMI, Philips, Chandos, and Naxos). The PNRSO was honoured with numerous awards for its phonographic achievements, including Diapason d’Orand Grand Prix du Disque de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque, the Cannes Classical Award, and the Midem Classical Award.

Many renowned conductors and soloists have performed with the NOSPR, including Martha Argerich, Boris Belkin, Leonard Bernstein, Rudolf Buchbinder, James Conlon, Placido Domingo, Pierre Fournier, Nicolai Gedda, Barbara Hendricks, Julius Katchen, Leonidas Kavakos, Wilhelm Kempff, Paweł Klecki, Kirill Kondrashin, Marguerite Long, Witold Lutosławski, Charles Mackerras, Mischa Maisky, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Shlomo Mintz, Ivan Monighetti, Garrick Ohlsson, Kun Woo Paik, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maurizio Pollini, Hermann Prey, Ruggiero Ricci, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubinstein, Jerzy Semkow, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Leonard Slatkin, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Pieter Wispelwey, Krystian Zimerman, and Nicolai Znaider.

The Orchestra has performed in nearly all the European countries, in the Americas, as well as in Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Taiwan and in the Persian Gulf countries. In the recent years, the PNRSO has implemented some spectacular projects which have been very well received by audiences and reviewers alike (The Marathon of Górecki’s Works, The Liking to Kilar’s Music, Musical Voyage(two editions), The Górecki•Penderecki Festival – in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the artist’s birth). Since 2005, the NOSPR has been the organiser of the biennial event called The Festival of World PremieresPolish Modern Music.

On the 1st of October 2014, the NOSPR inaugurated the artistic season in its new seat. The author of the architectonic project is Konior Studio from Katowice and the concert hall acoustics have been designed by Nagata Acoustics.

 


Marita SolbergRecently made her role debut as Mimi La bohème at the Norwegian National Opera to critical acclaim, a role that won her the Music Critics Prize in Norway.

Highlights in the 2014/15 season include Antonia The Tales of Hoffmann and Unge Solveig in the world premiere of Jüri Reinvere’s Peer Gynt at Norwegian National Opera, Mimi in Karlsruhe and Micaela at Minnesota Opera. In concert Sølberg sings Mozart C minor Mass with Orchestre de Paris, Mahler Symphony No. 2 with Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Strauss Four Last Songs with Oslo Philharmonic.

Renowned for her performance of Solveig in Peer Gynt, she has sung this role in Norway, Sweden, Germany (Berliner Philharmoniker), Spain and the US. In 2010, She performed Solveig’s song at the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo.

Her versatile concert repertoire span across Baroque and contemporary works. Most recently she sang Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem with Orchestre de Paris in Paris and Vienna and Poulenc Gloria with BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Other recent concert highlights include performances with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie in Bremen and Brussels, Górecki Symphony No.3 with Sinfonia Varsovia, Haydn Die Schöpfung with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Gounod Messe Solennelle de Sainte Cécile with Orchestre de Paris, and a European tour of Bach St Matthew Passion with Les Musiciens de Louvre under Marc Minkowski.

Marita Sølberg won the Queen Sonja International Music Competition and was a prize winner at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna. In 2011, she was awarded the Tom Wilhelmsens Foundation prize at the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, in recognition of her artistry and musical achievements as a young artist, both nationally and internationally. Sølberg was a company member of Staatsteater Stuttgart in 2006-2008, and joined the Norwegian Opera as a Principal Artist in 2008.


Anna LubańskaAnna Lubańska has graduated with honors from the Warsaw Academy of Music in the class of Krystyna Szostek – Radkowa. She is a laureate of the Ada Sari International Vocal Competition where she received first prize and three honorable awards (for the best performance of French songs, songs by W.A. Mozart, and the best performance of songs by W. Lutosławski). Her universal talent, temperament, and acting abilities make her one of the most versatile contemporary polish singers, able to perform tragic parts as well as roles of lighter nature. As early as during the final year of studies, she began performing at the Polish National Opera where she had her operatic stage debut as Blumenmädchen in Parsifal by R. Wagner.

Since 1993, she has been engaged by the Polish National Opera. She has worked with many great soloists and conductors, such as Jerzy Maksymiuk, Kazimierz Kord, Jacek Kaspszyk, Marc Minkowski, Victor Gergiew, Stefan Soltesz, Jan Krenz, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Placido Domingo, Edita Gruberova.

The most important roles in her repertoire, which she performed at the Polish National Opera, include: Ortrud in Lohengrin by R. Wagner, Princess Eboli in Don Carlos, Amneris in Aida and Fenena in Nabucco by G. Verdi, Herodias in Salome by R. Strauss, and Hedwig in The Haunted Manor by S. Moniuszko.

She is a valued interpreter of songs. Her repertoire encompasses a large number of songs in German, French, Polish, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Russian, Yiddish and English, including single songs, as well as cycles by such composers as F. Schubert, R. Schumann, J. Brahms, R. Strauss, H. Wolf, A. Schönberg, G. Mahler, S. Moniuszko, M. Karlowicz, K. Szymanowski, F. Poulenc, H. Berlioz, G. Fauré, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, M. de Falla, P. Tchaikovsky, and D. Shostakovich.


Mariusz BonaszewskiMember of the National Theatre ensemble since 1997. He graduated from the Warsaw National Higher School of Theatre in 1988, and performed in the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw between 1988 and 1997. He collaborated with the Słupsk Dramatic Theatre, the Polish Theatre in Wrocław, the Wrocław Contemporary Theatre, the Silesian Theatre, and the Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdańsk. He also performed on such Warsaw stages as the Polish Theatre, the Theatre of Diversity, the Praga New Theatre, and the Grand Theatre – National Opera.

Mariusz Bonaszewski is a laureate of the prize for ensembles for a role in Diderot’s Jacques the Fatalist (directed by Zbigniew Zapasiewicz at the Dramatic Theatre in Warsaw at the 15th Theatrical Confrontations in 1989), and the individual award for the title role in Platonow – The Missed Act by Czechow (directed by Jerzy Jarocki at the Polish Theatre in Wrocław at the 36th Kalisz Theatre Meetings in 1996). Bonaszewski was also a prizewinner at the Two Theatres (the Polish Radio and Polish Television Theatre Festival) in Sopot, 2005, for the role of Leon in the Witkacy’s Mother radio play directed by Jan Warenycia, and in 2008 for the role of Stanisław Wyspiański in Rows about Poland, a thing about Stanisław Wyspiański directed by Maciej Wojtyszko. In 2011, he received prizes for the roles of Oedipus in King Oedipus by Sofocles (directed by Waldemar Modestowicz), and George in When I Can’t Run Away by Jacek Raginis (directed by the author). In 2012, he was awarded the Grand Prix for the role of Otto Falon in Hare’s Getsemani, directed by Waldemar Krzystek.

Mariusz Bonaszewski is a two-fold laureate of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz Prize for his appearances in Jerzy Jarocki’s plays at the National Theatre: for the roles in Errancy after Gombrowicz, as well as Lucifer / Bukary / Attorney in the Case after Słowacki. He was also awarded the Warsaw Felix award in the ‘best leading male role’ category in 2012.

He received a prize for the role of Henryk Klein in Daas by Adrian Panek at the 30th The Youths and Film Koszalin Film Debut Festival in 2011, and the prize for the best male role for his appearance as Father in My Poor Head by Adrian Panek (part of the 89+ Decalogue cycle) at the Short Film Festival in Brussels in 2011.

He was also awarded the Great Splendor (the prize of the Polish Radio Theatre) in 2013, the Silver Cross of Merit in 2005, and the Gloria Artis Bronze Medal in 2013.