Venue: Leatherhead Methodist Church Parking: Swan Centre Multi-Storey or Church Street
2017 Season Sponsor: Patricia Morgan Optician
Supported by: Leatherhead Concert & Arts Society
Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) Sonata in A major K208, Adagio e cantabile Sonata in E minor K98, Allegrissimo
Vaclav Trojan (1907-1983) The Ruined Cathedral, for solo accordion (1958)
Alessandro Marcello (1673-1747) from Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor, Op 1, transcribed for harpsichord by J S Bach, BWV 974 Adagio
Victor Petrovich Vlasov (b1936) from Land of the Gulag Archipelago 1 A Zone 2 A Stage (Prisoners Walking)
Petri Makkonen (b1967) Flight Beyond The Time
Viatcheslav Siemionov (b1946) Brahmsiana
Free Concert, with a retiring collection to cover costs. Tea and coffee will be available after the concert.
Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. His artistic goal is to continue to improve awareness of the accordion in classical music, as well as to develop a new repertoire for his instrument. He graduated from The Royal Academy of Music with distinction and Dip RAM. He is one of the City of Music Foundation 2016 artist and Open Space residency recipient at Aldeburgh Music.
Bartosz won the Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009, following which he represented Poland in the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. He is a winner of many prizes in National, as well as International Music Competitions. He is a recipient of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, John Hosier Special Award 2015 and Zygmunt Zaleski Foundation.
As a soloist he has performed in many prestigious concert halls, including the Royal Albert Hall (BBC Proms), Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room, Salle Cortot, Colston Hall, Studio SI of The Polish National Radio, and many others. He has premiered compositions by Beat Furrer, Luke Bedford, Richard Causton, Laurence Osborn, Mischa Tangian, Phil Venables, Richard Ayres, Luke Bedford, Christopher Austin, Marko Nikodijevic, Diana Burrell and Johannes Schöllhorn and many more.
As well as being a soloist, Bartosz is extremely active as a chamber musician. He is a founding member of The Deco Ensemble, described as an “exceptional ensemble of the highest caliber”, with a “strong and highly individual voice”.
During his career he has collaborated with great musicians such as Nigel Kennedy, Trevor Pinnock, Rob da Bank, Atom String Quartet, Meccorre String Quartet. Bartosz has worked with musical institutions like the Royal Opera House, Royal Ballet, National Theatre, London Symphony Orchestra, Chroma Ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Welsh National Opera, City of London Sinfonia, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sinfonia Varsovia, ORF Symphony Orchestra and many others. With these institutions, he has performed multiple new operas and orchestral works, which feature the accordion in several different styles.
His plan for the year ahead is to release his debut CD “Out of the Depths” featuring contemporary music for accordion by composers such us Magnus Lindberg, Luciano Berio, Sofia Gubaidulina and Vladislav Zolotaryov as well as new commissions from promising British composers.
Concert at Home
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This does not happen at all often ! Our opening recording is of today's performer, Bartosz Glowacki, playing Scarlatti's Sonata in A major K208:
Next we hear one of the youngest performers ever to grace these pages. Russian accordionist Stepan Armasar was nearly 14 when he played Scarlatti's E minor Sonata K98 at the Next Generation event in Bad Ragaz:
Bartosz has a recording of the Ruined (or Destroyed) Cathedral on youtube, but I have chosen instead a performance by Ivana Klenová, a young player from Slovakia:
Have you ever looked inside an accordion ? Neither had, so this peek behind the scenes at the Pigini accordion works in Castelfidardo, Ancona, Italy might intrigue you too.
Miloš Milivojević performs the beautiful Adagio by Alessandro Marcello on his new Pigini Nova. Marcello's small but distinguished musical output includes a Concerto in D minor for oboe, strings and basso continuo, published in Amsterdam c1717 in a concerto anthology, and transcribed by JS Bach as Concerto for solo harpsichord in D minor BWV 974. Enjoy 4 minutes of Italian tradition, the beauty of the craftsmanship, superb quality and wonderful Italian music:
If would like to see even more of the manufacturing process take a moment to look at the video at the head of the Pigini website:
Victor Vlasov's accordion work Land of the Gulag Archipelago begins softly with an untuned sound. We will be hearing the first two movements in our concert, A Zone, and A Stage (Prisoners Walking). You have the opportunity here to listen to the full work, performed by Croatian accordionist Dario Glavaš, and to follow the musical notation from which he learned the work:
When Bartosz and his Russian colleague Iosif Purits performed here in 2014 we learned the word 'bayan', the term used for the accordion in their countries. Preparing this programme I have come across Serbo-Croat harmonika on the above recording by Dario Glavaš, and fisarmoniche in the name of the Italian manufacturer Pigini. For us, harmonica has the quite specific meaning of 'mouth organ' - which is another form of reed organ.
Michal Ochodnicky is the next young accordionist. He is playing Petri Makkonen's A Flight Beyond Time (or Flight Beyond the Time) at a competition in Przemyśl, Southern Poland:
We can round off our concert with a recording of Bartosz himself, from five years ago, in Siemionov's Brahmsiana. You will probably recognise a few tunes here. On the right is an orchestral performance of the same work, played by Alexander Sevastian, with the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, under conductor John Barnum: