Organ Music Days 2023

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How to combine Norwegian folk melodies, a tale of a snowman (extremely popular in the beginnings of the 20th century), a monumental tone poem bas on Nietsche’s writings and a jubilee of an outstanding Polish composer? It’s easy – play it all on organ! During the Organ Music Days at the Kraków Philharmonic, we will hear Petra Bjørkhaug, organist of the Gothic Nidaros Cathedral in far-away Norway, Michał Białko playing in Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra, and Daniel Strządała who joins forces with the Kraków Philharmonic Choir in sacral songs by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (the beginning of December marks the 90th birth anniversary of the great Polish composer of the 30th century).

28 November 2023, 7:30pm
Petra Bjørkhaug
– organ 
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541
Jeanne Demessieux Rorate Caeli
Johann Sebastian Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659
Max Reger Gloria in excelsis Op. 59 No. 8, Benedictus Op. 59 No. 9
Edvard Grieg Gavotte from Holberg Suite
Ludvig Nielsen Passacaglia over Draumkvedet
Petra Bjørkhaug Draumkvedet (finale)
Min sjel, lov Herren
Norwegian folk melody arranged by Henning Sommerro
Alexandre Guilmant Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 42 

1 December 2023, 7:30pm
2 December 2023, 6pm
Michał Białko – organ
Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra
Łukasz Borowicz – conductor
Erich Korngold Der Schneemann (selection)
Félix Alexandre Guilmant Symphony No. 2 in A major Op. 91
***
Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 

3 December 2023, 6pm
TBA
– soprano
Daniel Strządała – organ 
Kraków Philharmonic Choir
Piotr Piwko – choirmaster
Włodzimierz Siedlik – conductor
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki O Domina Nostra Op. 55 for soprano solo and organ
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Cantata for organ Op. 26  
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Henryk Mikołaj Górecki:
Pod Twoją obronę Op. 56 
Na Anioł Pański biją dzwony Op. 57 
Przybądź Duchu Święty Op. 61
Totus Tuus Op. 60
church songs (selection)

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