Unconventional sound performances, interactive projects, chamber and orchestral classics, early and contemporary music, jazz, as well as sounds of the Far East – this is the variety awaiting us in the 7th Polish edition of the La Folle Journée Festival. All this because of “Nature” – an inexhaustible source of inspiration for composers of yesterday and today, and nature is the theme of this year’s festival. What is the sound of musical embodiments of nature? We’ll find out during the last weekend of September. Tickets go on sale 1 September.
To facilitate navigation through a wealth of attractions, the organisers have grouped individual concerts into the following categories: classical, a fresh look at classical (this presents music in original, often surprising arrangements), family concerts, for children and young performers. All share a common theme – inspiration by nature.
The programme of the festival includes works which are musical illustrations of the seasons of the year – the famous Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi together with a re-imagined electronic version by Max Richter, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s piano cycle, an Argentinian vision of the seasons by Astor Piazzolla, an American Four Seasons by Philip Glass, as well as works which through symbol or metaphor allude to various times in the cycle of nature – Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, the waltz Voices of Spring by Johann Strauss II and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's The Seasons piano cycle. Composers were also inspired by the day/ night cycle – sunrise and by the evocative night time. Thus we will have an opportunity to hear the famous Morning from Edvard Grieg’s "Peer Gynt" suite, Mussorgsky’s blood-chilling Night on Bald Mountain, Vivaldi’s moody violin concerto called La Notte, Beethoven’s romantic Moonlight Sonata, Debussy’s subtle Clair de Lune and Mozart’s carefree Eine kleine Nachtmusik.
The festival will also present a wide range of works which pay homage to the beauty of natural landscapes, including the waltz On the Beautiful Blue Danube by Johann Strauss II, lakes – Suite from the ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, mountains – An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss, forests – Waldszenen by Robert Schumann and atmospheric phenomena – the “Rain” violin sonata by Johannes Brahms. The beauty of Polish landscapes will be illustrated by works composed by Zygmunt Noskowski, Władysław Żeleński, Michał Spisak and Wojciech Kilar.
The voices of animals, especially birds, have also been an inspiration for composers. The listeners will be transported into the magical world of bird song by the “Bird Singers” – Johnny Rasse and Jean Boucault, who will complement the sound of instruments with their unique skills in such works as the Waltz of the Flowers from Tchaikovsky’s ballet "The Nutcracker" or Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Flight of the Bumblebee.
La Folle Journée 2016 offers its listeners a number of unique attractions – an interactive show featuring the French beatboxer Ezra, a concert of traditional Chinese music, a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s symphony Songs of Transience and a performance by the phenomenal Motion Trio. Children, on the other hand have Smykofonia [Toddler Philharmonic] concerts, hosted by experienced persons using a variety of methods such as the Erwin Gordon method, Crazy Opera Fairy Tales and animated films after well-known operas – The Barber of Seville and Carmen, with live music accompaniment.
For the duration of the Festival the halls and auditorium of Teatr Wielki – the National Opera will take on festive names: the Moniuszko Auditorium will become Star Hall, the Redutowe Rooms – the Sea Hall, the Młynarski Auditorium – the Forest Hall, the backstage area – the Moon Hall and the tent in Teatralny Square – the Sun Hall.
La Folle Journée 2016 is 58 concerts in the space of 3 days in the heart of Warsaw, with a wide range of original works from various periods, performed by world-class Polish and foreign artists. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to listen to interesting music live!