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actus humanus GDAŃSK // 3-12.12.2021
ARTISTS
ANDREAS STAIER
ANDREAS
STAIER
ANDREAS
STAIER
One of the most prominent harpsichordists and pianists playing period instruments, Andreas Staier started his solo career in 1986 (having previously worked with distinguished ensembles, such as Musica Antiqua Köln, Concerto Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin). He has fast gained a reputation as an exceptional performer of music from the Baroque and the Classical and Romantic periods. His broad repertoire spans from the 16th century until the late 19th century and his numerous recordings have received awards from the top music critics, including ‘Diapason d’Or’, ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’, ‘Gramophone Awards’, 10/10 Classica, and ‘Disc of the Month’ (‘BBC Music Magazine’). Andreas Staier records for BMG, Teldec Classics and Harmonia Mundi.
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 AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
Founded in 1982 and also called Akamus, the ensemble is now at the forefront of international orchestras playing period instruments. The band is regularly received in the great musical centres of Europe and is very well-known by the audiences of the most important early music festivals in Poland, too, where it has already achieved several spectacular triumphs. For more than twenty years it has collaborated on a regular basis with René Jacobs, which has resulted in numerous oratories and opera productions, enthusiastically received by both critics and audiences. Akamus often performs under the leadership of Marcus Creed, Daniel Reuss, and Hans-Christoph Rademann, and in recent seasons among their conductors there were such personages as Emmanuelle Haïm, Bernarda Labadie, Paula Agnew, and Rinaldo Alessandrini. The list of Akamus’ collaborators also includes renowned soloists, such as Cecilia Bartoli, Andreas Scholl, Sandrine Piau, Isabelle Faust, Andreas Staier, Alexander Melnikov, and Anna Prohaska. The group’s recordings, which have already won all the most prestigious awards, have so far been sold in over one million copies, a testimony to the orchestra’s international success.
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SUNHAE IM
SUNHAE
IM
SUNHAE
IM
Since her European debut in 2000, Ms. Im has developed her career through collaborating with the most eminent conductors in numerous international productions. She has performed under the lead of, among others, Iván Fischer, Myung-whun Chung, Manfred Honeck, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Herbert Blomstedt, Frans Brüggen, Giovanni Antonini, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, Marek Janowski, and René Jacobs, and in venues such as the Berliner Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Deutsche Oper, Opéra National de Paris, or Theater an der Wien. She has also trodden the boards with numerous orchestras, including, for instance, the New York Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, or Munich Philharmonic, while a special bond links her with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and with the Freiburger Barockorchester. Her repertoire mostly comprises 18th and 19th-century compositions.
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GIOVANNI ANTONINI
GIOVANNI
ANTONINI
GIOVANNI
ANTONINI
An Italian conductor and virtuoso playing the recorder and Western concert flute, Antonini is a co-founder and artistic director of the renowned ensemble specialising in historically informed performance called Il Giardino Armonico. Over the years, he has gained a reputation as one of the most eminent champions of historically informed performance and has become an extremely sought-after guest conductor. He has already led the Kammerorchester Basel, Berliner Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Orquesta Nacional de España among others; he has also conducted opera performances at the Milanese La Scala and during the Salzburg Festival. He has toured extensively in Europe, in various countries of both the Americas, as well as in Australia, Japan, and Malaysia. The greater part of his rich phonographic output consists of albums recorded with the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and published by leading labels such as Decca, Naïve, Harmonia Mundi, Sony BMG, Alpha Classics, or Teldec. Those recordings brought him a series of awards and prizes, including the Grammy Award, the ‘Diapason d’Or’, or the ‘Gramophone Award’. Since 2013, Antonini has also been the artistic director of the Wratislavia Cantans.
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RINALDO ALESSANDRINI
RINALDO
ALESSANDRINI
RINALDO
ALESSANDRINI
Founder and the leader of the Concerto Italiano ensemble, their harpsichordist, organist and pianist ready to play historical instruments. According to ‘The Times’, Alessandrini is the man who made Italian music sound Italian again, because by focusing mainly on the Italian Mannerist and Baroque repertoire, Alessandrini tries to fill his interpretations with the melodiousness and expressions characteristic of 17th- and 18th-century style. Apart from running Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini performs intensively as a soloist, appearing at festivals around the world, starting from Japan, through Europe and across the United States. He is often engaged as a visiting conductor, and also performs in numerous opera projects. His recordings received many awards and distinctions from international music critics, including ‘Grand Prix du Disque’ and ‘Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ award.
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 CONCERTO ITALIANO
CONCERTO ITALIANO
CONCERTO ITALIANO
Starting with the madrigal repertoire, particularly Monteverdi, and moving to the 18th-century orchestral works and operas, Concerto Italiano revolutionised the criteria of early music performance. The ensemble makes regular appearances in major musical centres, boasting numerous tokens of recognition from the musical critics, including four ‘Gramophone Awards’ (1994, 1998, 2002 and 2004), two ‘Grand Prix du Disque’, three ‘Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ awards and others. Recently Concerto Italiano has produced a trilogy of Monteverdi operas in La Scala, Milan as well as Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers’ as well as numerous projects to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Master of Cremona in 2017. The ensemble's recent projects include European tour with A. Scarlatti’s z ‘Cain overo il primo omicidi’ and interpretation of a programme of Roman polyphonies from the late 17th century (together with RIAS Kammerchor).
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SÉBASTIEN DAUCÉ
SÉBASTIEN
DAUCÉ
SÉBASTIEN
DAUCÉ
Organist and harpsichordist, Daucé is also the founder and leader of the Ensemble Correspondances which he conducts while playing his instrument. With his group, established in 2008, following the completion of his studies at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, Daucé explores the French repertoire from the period of the ‘Grand Siècle’ (17th century), performing nationally and throughout Europe, as well as in Asia and both Americas, and recording albums for the label Harmonia Mundi. At the same time, he is engaged in music instruction (he has been teaching at Le Pôle supérieur de Paris since 2012), and in research work. In addition, together with William Christie, he is preparing a publication of three operas by Charpentier for the French music publisher Éditions des Abbesses. He can also boast the title of ‘Associate Artist’ of the Royaumont Foundation.
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 ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES
ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES
ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES
A group of vocalists and instrumentalists led by harpsichordist and organist Sébastien Daucé which derives its name from Charles Baudelaire’s poetry and combines music with other fine arts as well. The ensemble both performs the works of composers enjoying a well-deserved reputation – Charpentier, for instance – and brings back to life various compositions which –in spite of having been appreciated and frequently performed in the past – have fallen into obscurity and are little known today, such as the works of Antoine Boësset or Etienne Moulinié, emphasising that they still sound quite novel nowadays. The group also recorded several albums – each of which was enthusiastically received by critics – and some of these records won the most prestigious prizes and awards of the phonographic industry. The ensemble performs at the most important festivals in France and other European countries as well as in Japan and is regularly present in the programmes of leading European radio broadcasting corporations.
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CÉLINE FRISCH
CÉLINE
FRISCH
CÉLINE
FRISCH
A French harpsichordist and co-leader – with Pablo Valetti – of the Café Zimmermann ensemble, Frisch studied the harpsichord at the Conservatoire d’Aix-en-Provence and then at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She is the winner of numerous prizes and awards and was awarded the title of ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ in 2009. From among the vast repertoire of early music, it was her interpretations of Bach’s works that attracted the greatest interest of the international music press. Frisch also enjoys performing French music from the times of King Louis XIV, works of the English virginalists, or 17th-century German music. By no means does she shy away from the 20th-century and present-day compositions. A special place in her discography is occupied by two albums dedicated to J.S. Bach’s ‘The Well-Tempered Clavier’; namely its ‘Book I’ (2016) and ‘Book II’ (2019), both awarded the ‘Diapason d’Or’ and ‘Choc de Classica.’
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PABLO VALETTI
PABLO
VALETTI
PABLO
VALETTI
A violinist born in Argentina, Valetti studied violin in Buenos Aires, and then continued his studies in early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. As a soloist or concertmaster, he has appeared on stage with bands such as Les Arts Florissants, Le Concert des Nations, Concerto Köln, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Hespèrion XXI, Concerto Vocale, or Les Talens Lyriques. He also collaborates on a regular basis with Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla. Since 1999, with Céline Frisch, he has been leading the Café Zimmermann early music ensemble. Valetti also engages in educational activity, teaching at the Catalonia College of Music in Barcelona and at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Nice. He plays a violin made by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini in 1758.
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 CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN
CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN
CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN
This leading French early music ensemble specialising in the performance of baroque music was brought into being in 1999. Led by the violinist Pablo Valetti and harpsichordist Céline Frisch, it rallies soloists eager to revive the musical competition that used to be held in Gottfried Zimmermann’s café in 18th-century Leipzig. Held in high esteem both in France and abroad, the ensemble has already been performing in prestigious concert halls and at international festivals for many years. Not only are their concerts or musical collaborations highly appreciated, with the greatest names from the world of early music such as Gustav Leonhardt, Dominique Visse, Roberta Invernizzi, or Sophie Karthäuser, but also their phonographic achievements, above all their albums with their interpretations of J.S. Bach’s concerto output. Since 2011, the ensemble has been resident at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in Aix-en-Provence.
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PATRIZIA BOVI
PATRIZIA
BOVI
PATRIZIA
BOVI
An Italian expert on early music born in Assisi, she completed her studies in vocal performance at the ‘Francesco Morlacchi’ Music Conservatory in Perugia. She undertook thorough studies of historically informed performance of the music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and performed Italian music of the 16th and 17th centuries, eventually expanding her repertoire to include various compositions ranging from the 13th-century to the present day. She has received numerous awards and prizes and collaborated with the leading performers of early music. Her discography comprises more than thirty critically acclaimed albums. In 1984, Bovi established the Ensemble Micrologus, an internationally renowned band specialising in the performance of mediaeval music. In addition to that, she is actively involved in music education and has already run courses for Fondation Royaumont and the University of Texas and tutored at the Adolfo Broegg European Study Center of Medieval Music in Spello. In 2008, she was awarded the title of ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Ministry of Culture.
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HOPKINSON SMITH
HOPKINSON
SMITH
HOPKINSON
SMITH
Hopkinson Smith is one of the fathers of historically-informed performance, who introduced the lute and related renaissance and baroque instruments such as the vihuela, theorbo, and guitars to this type of musical interpretation. He has already been respected as the most famous lutenist for four decades now. Born in New York in 1946, he was educated at Harvard University and in Europe. His recordings of Bach’s works have won international acclaim from both critics and audiences. Igor Kipnis, one of the most eminent harpsichordists, once said that Smith’s ‘Interpretation makes a huge impression [...]. Complex fugues, with wonderfully clear counterpoint lines, may serve as perfect examples of this lutenist’s skill,’ while Smith’s albums with Bach’s music were termed ‘arguably the best you can buy’ by the ‘Gramophone’ magazine. The artist lives in Basel, where he teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. He gives concerts all over the world and also lectures and runs master classes.
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BENJAMIN BAGBY
BENJAMIN
BAGBY
BENJAMIN
BAGBY
A singer, harpist and researcher. Over the decades, he has built up a reputation as a leading figure on the medieval music performance scene. Since 1977, when he established the Sequentia ensemble, they have been touring Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. He has been recording for leading labels and many of his releases, both audio and video, received critical acclaim and prestigious awards. Benjamin Bagby is known for his painstaking preparation of each recording session. This includes an extensive involvement of sources and drilling into the textual layer of the pieces, often in partnership with invited philologists and musicologists, so as to ensure that the result is in line with the spirit of the relevant performing practice. He has contributed papers to such early music journals as ‘Early Music’, ‘Performer’s Guide to Medieval Music’ and ‘Performing Medieval Narrative’. Bagby has taught at leading early music research institutions in Europe and the USA. Since 2005, he has held a teaching post in medieval music performing practice at the Sorbonne in Paris.
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ANDREW LAWRENCE-KING
ANDREW
LAWRENCE-KING
ANDREW
LAWRENCE-KING
A virtuoso of the harp, conductor and founder of two ensembles, The Harp Consort and Il Corago. Since his debut in the Royal Albert Hall’s BBC Promenade Concerts, he has developed into a leading performer of early music and a basso continuo technique. He conducted performances of the Early Masters at the most prestigious concert halls, including La Scala in Milan, the Sydney Opera House, Casals Hall in Tokyo, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Carnegie Hall in New York city and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico. Winner of the ‘Golden Masque’ (2012) and, together with Jordi Savall, of the ‘Grammy Award’ (2011) and ‘Helpmann Award’ (2013). He records for Harmonia Mundi. Andrew Lawrence-King is a member of multiple international organisations devoted to early music. He teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and at Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen.
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MARCIN ŚWIĄTKIEWICZ
MARCIN
ŚWIĄTKIEWICZ
MARCIN
ŚWIĄTKIEWICZ
One of the most recognisable polish harpsichordists, Świątkiewicz plays various types of harpsichords and clavichords, as well as period pianos and organs. He is particularly passionate about improvisation. As a soloist, conductor, and chamber musician he collaborates regularly with the forefront of Polish and international orchestras and ensembles, including Brecon Baroque, Capella Cracoviensis, Arte dei Suonatori, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, and AUKSO. In 2015, he recorded a solo album with Müthel’s late-Baroque harpsichord concertos, which was awarded the Diapason d’Or. Two years later he issued another solo recording entitled ‘Cromatica’, which won a series of awards. For the ‘Rosary Sonatas’ by Biber, recorded with Rachel Podger, David Miller, and Jonathan Manson, Świątkiewicz received the ‘Gramophone Award’. In 2016 he was also awarded the prestigious ‘Polityka’ weekly’s Passport Award. The latest achievements of the harpsichordist include the album with harpsichord concertos by J.S. Bach (2018) and the album with the ‘Goldberg Variations’ (2020). The artist is also a lecturer at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He pays particular attention to the teaching of solo playing and to courses of partimento-based improvisation.
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 ARTE DEI SUONATORI
ARTE DEI SUONATORI
ARTE DEI SUONATORI
An early music ensemble created in 1993 that has made a name for itself on the international music scene. The orchestra has a repertoire of over 700 compositions from the Baroque, Classicism and early Romanticism. The ensemble specialises in early music, but its vast repertoire also includes works by 20th century composers as well as contemporary compositions. They co-operate with soloists and conductors from all over Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan, including names such as Rachel Podger, Bolette Roed, Martin Gester and Hidemi Suzuki. A winner of many prizes and distinctions, Arte dei Suonatori enjoys a lasting popularity among music critics and audiences. The ensemble’s recordings were distinguished with awards such ‘Diapason d’Or’, ‘Gramophone Editor's Choice’, ‘Choc du Monde de la Musique’ and ‘Classics Today’. Arte dei Suonatori has also made numerous recordings for many radio stations, including the BBC, Polish Radio Programme II, SWR and Mezzo.
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MARTYNA PASTUSZKA
MARTYNA
PASTUSZKA
MARTYNA
PASTUSZKA
Violinist, concertmaster and member of numerous international early music ensembles, she is also, since 2012, the leader and artistic director of {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, which quickly gained the trust and support of the biggest Polish musical institutions and international festivals. She serves as a guest concertmaster for such ensembles as Le Parlement de Musique or Capella Cracoviensis. As a chamber musician, she works with NeoBarock from Cologne, Le Cercle de l’Harmonie from Paris, Le Concert de la Loge, Hofkapelle München from Munich and Arte dei Suonatori from Poznań. Artistic encounters with such musicians as Rachel Podger, Giuliano Carmignola, Andrew Parrott, Julien Chauvin, Andreas Staier, Hidemi Suzuki, Barthold Kuijken, Dan Laurin and René Jacobs are for her a constant source of inspiration.
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 {oh!} ORKIESTRA HISTORYCZNA
{oh!} ORKIESTRA HISTORYCZNA
{oh!} ORKIESTRA HISTORYCZNA
A dynamic and continually growing orchestra established in 2012, one of the leading Polish early music ensembles, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna was created by a group of musicians who are passionate about historical performance and early music as well as their region. {oh!} is the first professional orchestra in Silesia playing historical instruments and has become the region’s cultural landmark, appreciated in Poland and abroad. The orchestra has recorded a number of well received CDs, including a 3-CD set of Leonardo Vinci’s ‘Gismondo, re di Polonia’, which was recently awarded the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkriti’, while its first performance in 2020 was nominated for the ‘Coryphaeus of Polish Music’ award in the Event of the Year category. The ensemble regularly performs at Polish and foreign festivals. The orchestra’s concertmaster is Martyna Pastuszka, a violinist and ‘Polityka’s’ nominee for its Passport in 2019.
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LILIANNA STAWARZ
LILIANNA
STAWARZ
LILIANNA
STAWARZ
Harpsichordist and teacher, Professor at the Chopin University of Music. Graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Music and Conservatoire National de Region de Rueil-Malmaison. Laureate of harpsichord competitions in Poland and abroad. For 20 years, she was a member of the early music ensemble Il Tempo specialised in instrumental as well as instrumental and vocal music, from Early Baroque to Classicism, with which she appeared at numerous concerts and prestigious early music festivals, i.a. in Bruges, Brussels, Utrecht, Moscow, New York, New Brunswick, Rome and Berlin. Since 1991, she has worked with the Warsaw Chamber Opera as a harpsichordist and chamber musician as well as conductor. She has conducted works by Bach, Purcell and Handel, as well as providing basso continuo. Her interest in early music in Poland manifests itself in her recordings and concerts of the repertoire of Marcin Mielczewski, Damian Stachowicz, Marcin Żebrowski, Antoni Milwid. In 2015–2017, she was the artistic director of Baroque Opera at the Warsaw Chamber Opera. She is also a cofounder of the Baroque Opera Festival Dramma per Musica.
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 ROYAL BAROQUE ENSEMBLE
ROYAL BAROQUE ENSEMBLE
ROYAL BAROQUE ENSEMBLE
The launch of the Royal Baroque Ensemble was related to Dramma per Musica, a festival of Baroque operas. The ensemble made its debut in 2014 with the premier performance of Handel’s ‘Agrippina’ in the Royal Theatre of the Łazienki Royal Baths, Warsaw and has served as the festival host ever since. The Royal Baroque Ensemble specialises in vocal and instrumental music and staged performances. The ensemble made a name for itself as one of the leading baroque orchestras in Poland with performances of such baroque operas as Handel’s ‘Orlando’, Vinci’s ‘Semiramide riconosciuta’, Vivaldi’s ‘Farnace’, the ‘Teatro alla Moda’ programme of Vivaldi’s arias based on Benedetto Marcello’s satirical pamphlet, the ‘18th century music – all’italiana i alla polacca’ concert series and the choreo-opera ‘Sognando la morte’. The orchestra usually performs under the leadership of Lilianna Stawarz, a chamber harpsichordist and founder of the Royal Baroque Ensemble.
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STEFAN PLEWNIAK
STEFAN
PLEWNIAK
STEFAN
PLEWNIAK
One of the most distinguished Baroque violinists of the young generation, he graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków, the Maastricht Academy of Music, and the Paris Conservatory (Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse). As a concertmaster, he has led the most eminent ensembles such as Contrasto Armonico, Ensemble Marguerite Louise, and Orchester 1756. He has given concerts and recorded with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations, as well as with Marco Vitale and Contrasto Armonico. He has also performed at the most important festivals in Europe and the United States. He is the founder of the Cantate.fr ensemble and the Il Giardino d’Amore orchestra and leader of the Cappella dell'Ospedale della Pietà and of The FeelHarmony Symphony Orchestra. He regularly runs master classes in Oslo, Los Angeles, and San Diego. He also works on productions of Baroque operas and ballets.
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 IL GIARDINO D'AMORE
IL GIARDINO D'AMORE
IL GIARDINO D'AMORE
One of the most attractive early music ensembles, it was established in 2011 during the Kraków Bach Festival at the suggestion of the violinist Stefan Plewniak. In subsequent years the band appeared at various prestigious events such as the Bachwoche Wien, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, or Tartini Festival in Piran, which was but an augury for their international career. Since then they have entranced audiences in Europe, United States, and China and performed in the most prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall or Salzburg’s Mozarteum. The ensemble, held in particularly high esteem for their renderings of the French and Italian opera repertoire, also plays Italian instrumental music and draws on the output of early Polish composers. So far, its discography comprises four albums published by the Ëvoe Records label.
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MAŁGORZATA FIEBIG
MAŁGORZATA
FIEBIG
MAŁGORZATA
FIEBIG
Organist and carillonist, she graduated from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where she had studied at the Faulty of Instrumental Music and Faculty of Choral Conducting. She also received her master’s degree in the class of Frans Haagen at the Nederlandse Beiaardschool at Amersfoort. Fiebig is the winner of numerous prizes in carillon competitions in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. She has given concerts in many European countries, as well as in Curaçao and the United States. In 1999 she assumed the post of municipal carillonist in Gdańsk, and in 2011 she became the first foreign – and female – carillonist in Utrecht. Her repertoire comprises carillon adaptations of not only early, but also contemporary, and even pop, music. Since 2012 she has co-organised the Early Music Carillon Festival that is held within the framework of Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht.
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MONIKA KAŹMIERCZAK
MONIKA
KAŹMIERCZAK
MONIKA
KAŹMIERCZAK
Graduate of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Nederlandse Beiaardschool in Amersfoort, and the bursary of the City of Gdańsk (holder of the Mayor’s Scholarship and Cultural Scholarship) and of the Government of the Netherlands (Huygens Scholarship). She started to learn the carillon in 2000 during courses taught by Gert Oldenbeuving, organised by the Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk. Since 2001, she has held the position of Municipal Carillonist. In 2005, Kaźmierczak took part in master courses in Belgium taught by Geert D’hollander. She is a prize-winner of international carillon competitions. She gives numerous concerts in Poland and worldwide, for instance in Lithuania, France, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, and the United States. She also holds the position of Assistant Professor at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.
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MICHAŁ GONDKO
MICHAŁ
GONDKO
MICHAŁ
GONDKO
Born in Warsaw in 1976, Michał Gondko is a lute player connected to Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he was a student of Hopkinson Smith. Gondko has played in most of the European countries, the USA, China and the Middle East, performing both as a soloist and an ensemble member, sharing the stage with musicians such as Jordi Savall, Emma Kirkby, and Martin Gester. His musical activity is primarily focused on the La Morra ensemble, which he founded in 2000 and runs together with his wife Corina Marti. La Morra’s concerts and recordings are very popular with the critics and audiences. Their enthusiastic reception translates into recording awards, including ‘Diapason d'Or’, ‘Jahrespreis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ and the ‘Noah Greenberg Award’.
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KRZYSZTOF FIRLUS
KRZYSZTOF
FIRLUS
KRZYSZTOF
FIRLUS
A player of double bass and the viola da Gamba. Graduate of Akademia Muzyczna of Katowice, Poland, and of Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg. A laureate of the ‘Młoda Polska’ scholarship from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and of Polish and international bass competitions. He is active on both the Polish and the international concert scene as a soloist and as a member of chamber groups and orchestras. Involved with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and a member of numerous chamber and early music ensembles, including: {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, Extempore, Gambasada, Ensemble Reversio and Ensemble Chimérique, of which he is the founder. His past involvements included Kwartet Śląski, Capella Cracoviensis and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy. Krzysztof Firlus teaches a viola da Gamba class at the Akademia Muzyczna in Katowice and a bass class at Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland.
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MARIA POMIANOWSKA
MARIA
POMIANOWSKA
MARIA
POMIANOWSKA
Multiinstrumentalist, singer, composer, and educator, Pomianowska is among leading Polish performers of folk and ethnic music (world music). Since the beginning of her activities in the field of music and musical research, she has focussed on unique performance practices of various European, Asian, and Middle-Eastern cultures. As a soloist, she has been concerting all over the world. Pomianowska collaborates with musicians from the Arab world, from Pakistan, Senegal, Iran, Korea, China, Japan, and India. She was the ambassadress of Polish classical and folk music in Japan during her stay in that country in 1997–2002. She took part in the reconstruction of extinct Polish string instruments: the Biłgoraj Suka and Płock fiddle, as well as of the Mielec Suka. She initiated the formation of such ensembles as Zespół Polski, San-Nin Trio, and Arcus Poloniae; besides, she established the Raga Sangit, the first Polish group performing Indian music. Maria Pomianowska is also a Ph.D. of Musical Arts and professor of the Academy of Music in Kraków.
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 MARIA POMIANOWSKA ENSEMBLE
MARIA POMIANOWSKA ENSEMBLE
MARIA POMIANOWSKA ENSEMBLE
The ensemble is composed of young musicians – Maria Pomianowska’s undergraduate and postgraduate students together with graduates of the Academy of Music in Kraków. They have been collaborating since 2016, giving concerts in Asia (China, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea), Africa (RSA, Egypt, Tunisia), and North America (in the United States and Canada). Their repertoire includes programmes of folk music and projects merging classical and folk music. The ensemble performs dances and melodies from the 16th- and 17th-century organ, lute tabulatures, works by Piotr of Grudziądz or Nicholas of Radom, as well as programmes with Polish-Asian or Polish-African music, together with Maria Pomianowska’s own compositions transcribed for an unusual ensemble of instruments.
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PAWEŁ IWASZKIEWICZ
PAWEŁ
IWASZKIEWICZ
PAWEŁ
IWASZKIEWICZ
A musician and multi-instrumentalist specialising in performing on period winds. Apart from recorder and transverse flute, he also plays the shawm, bagpipes and dulcian. He dedicates himself to the traditional repertoire as well as music spanning from the mediaeval period until contemporary times. He has co-operated with numerous period and ethical music ensembles and has recorded over 30 CDs. Founder and leader of the Orkiestra Czasów Zarazy (Orchestra in the Time of Plague), Dancerye, Open Folk and Yełdyryn ensembles, he is also a co-founder of a Renaissance transverse flute quartet Epithalamion. He participates in a Polish-Scandinavian musical project ‘Paths of Dance’, rediscovering the common roots of Polish and Swedish traditional music. Paweł Iwaszkiewicz runs master classes for recorder and medieval reeds. He also writes music for theatre.
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 ORKIESTRA CZASÓW ZARAZY
ORKIESTRA CZASÓW ZARAZY
ORKIESTRA CZASÓW ZARAZY
Orchestra in the Time of Plague was created as an attempt to recover George Phillip Telemann’s Polish music from his own notes. The German composer developed close links with Poland. When touring the country, he noted his observations on Polish dances and music performed in inns and at court. Telemann’s manuscript with notes on the music dating from 1717–1722 was discovered in 1987. His manuscripts and Polish-style dances are the main elements of the ensemble’s repertoire. Their live performances include improvisations that capture the spirit of the old times. The name of the ensemble refers to the tragic times of early 18th century Poland, which saw Polish musical culture developing amid wars and epidemics.
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PROGRAMME
03.12godz. 17:30
…POUR PASSER LA MÉLANCOLIE
ANDREAS STAIER
Jean-Henri d’Anglebert
Fugue grave pour l’Orgue d-moll (Pièces de clavecin. Livre premier, 1689)
Prélude d-moll (Pièces de clavecin. Livre premier, 1689)
Tombeau de Mr. de Chambonnières (Pièces de clavecin. Livre premier, 1689)
Chaconne Rondeau D-dur (Pièces de clavecin. Livre premier, 1689)

Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer
Suite d-moll ‘Uranie’ (Musicalischer Parnassus)
Ricercar pro Tempore Quadragesimae super Initium Cantilenae: Da Jesus an dem Creutze stund (Ariadne Musica, 1702)

Johann Jacob Froberger
Suite XXX a-moll

Louis Couperin
Suite F-dur (Pièces de clavecin du manuscrit Bauyn, ca 1658)

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault
Suite c-moll (Premier livre de pièces de clavecin, 1704)

Georg Muffat
Passacaglia g-moll (Apparatus Musico-Organisticus, 1690)

Andreas Staier – harpsichord

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
03.12godz. 20:00
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: KANTATEN UND KONZERTE
SUNHAE IM / AKADEMIE FÜR ALTE MUSIK BERLIN
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sinfonia (Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen BWV 49)
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut BWV 199
Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten BWV 202
Violinkonzert E-dur BWV 1042
Cembalokonzert f-moll BWV 1056

Sunhae Im – soprano
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

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St. John's Centre, ul. Świętojańska 50
04.12godz. 17:30
JAN PIETERSZOON SWEELINCK: WERKEN VOOR KLAVIER
MONIKA KAŹMIERCZAK
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Ballo del granduca SwWV 319 (opr. Bernard Winsemius)
Onder een linde groen SwWV 49 (opr. Henk Veldman)
Malle Sijmen SwWV 323 (opr. Heleen van der Weel)
Toccata in a SwWV 298 (opr. Boudewijn Zwart)
Fantasia in a SwWV 275 (opr. Boudewijn Zwart)
Fantasia in d SwWV 261 (opr. Bernard Winsemius)
Pavana Lachrymae SwWV 328 (opr. Bernard Winsemius)
Psalm 23 Mein Hüter und mein Hirt SwWV 310 (opr. Bernard Winsemius)
Ons is gheboren een kindekijn (Puer nobis nascitur) SwWV 315 (opr. Bauke Reitsma)

Monika Kaźmierczak – carillon

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
04.12godz. 20:00
DEUTSCHE OUVERTÜREN
RINALDO ALESSANDRINI / CONCERTO ITALIANO
Johann Sebastian Bach
Ouvertüre (Suite) III D-dur BWV 1068 (wersja na smyczki)

Johann Bernhard Bach
Ouvertüre (Suite) III e-moll

Johann Ludwig Bach
Ouvertüre (Suite) G-dur

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Ouvertüre (Suite) g-moll

Concerto Italiano
Rinaldo Alessandrini – artistic direction, harpsichord

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
05.12godz. 17:30
DENIS GAULTIER: LA RHÉTORIQUE DES DIEUX
MICHAŁ GONDKO
Denis Gaultier
La Rhétorique des dieux

Andromède. Le Tombeau de Blancrocher (Allemande)
Diane (Courante)
La coquette virtuosa (Courante)
Atalante (Gigue)
[Sarabande en rondeau]
Tombeau de Madamoiselle Gaultier (Allemande)
Prélude ((Livre de tablature, ca. 1672)
La Dédicace (Pavane)
Le Panégyrique (Gigue)
Phaëto foudroyé (Allemande)
Minerve (Courante)
[Sarabande]
[Courante]
[Gigue]
[Sarabande]
Tombeau du Sr Lenclos (Allemande grave)
La Consolation aux Amis du Sr Lenclos (Courante)
Leur résolution sur sa mort (Sarabande)

Michał Gondko – lute

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
05.12godz. 20:00
CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH: HAMBURGER SINFONIEN WQ 182
MARCIN ŚWIĄTKIEWICZ / ARTE DEI SUONATORI
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Hamburger Sinfonien Wq 182

Sinfonie I G-dur Wq 182/1
Sinfonie II B-dur Wq 182/2
Sinfonie III C-dur Wq 182/3
Sinfonie IV A-dur Wq 182/4
Sinfonie V h-moll Wq 182/5
Sinfonie VI E-dur Wq 182/6

Arte dei Suonatori
Marcin Świątkiewicz – atistic direction, harpischord

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
06.12godz. 17:30
CHORÉGRAPHIE
ANDREW LAWRENCE-KING
Jean-Baptiste Lully
La Mariée de Rollant (Les Noces de village LWV 19)
Sarabande pour une femme (Le Bourgeois gentilhomme LWV 43)
La Contredanse (Xerxes LWV 12)
Overture (Alceste LWV 50)
La Pavane des Saisons (Pièces de symphonie LWV 70)
Sarabande (Les Noces de village LWV 19)
Passacaille d’Armide (Armide LWV 71)
Chaconne d’Amadis (Amadis LWV 63)

Jean-Henri d’Anglebert
Prélude non mesuré in C
Chaconne du Vieux Gautier
Galliarde

André Campra
Entrée espagnole gai (L’Europa Galante)
Entrée espagnole (L’Europa Galante)

Louis Couperin
Prélude non mesuré in A
Prélude non mesuré in C

Francesco Corbetta
Fantasie caprice de chaconne (La guitarre royalle)

Marin Mersenne
La Bocanes (Harmonie universelle)

Wilhelm Brade
La Vignonne (Neue lustige Volten)

Gaspar Sanz
Prelude o Capricho arpeado (Instrucción de Música sobre la guitarra española)

Andrew Lawrence-King – harp

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
06.12godz. 20:00
ANTONIO VIVALDI: CONCERTI OP. 11
STEFAN PLEWNIAK / IL GIARDINO D’AMORE
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerti op. 11

Concerto I D-dur RV 207
Concerto II e-moll RV 277 ‘Il favorito’
Concerto III A-dur RV 336
Concerto IV G-dur RV 308
Concerto V c-moll RV 202
Concerto VI g-moll RV 460

Il Giardino d’Amore
Stefan Plewniak – artistic direction, violin

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
07.12godz. 17:30
VOCI. STORIE DI DONNE
PATRIZIA BOVI
Voci. Storie di donne

Cecilia (traditional)
Mare maje, scura maje (traditional)
Ondas do mar (Martin Codax)
Duerme querido / Gerineldo (sephardic romances)
Santa Barbara (traditional)
Sola Dolente (traditional)
Magdalena degna da laudare (Laudario di Cortona 91)
Beneito foi o dia (Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial)
Stabat Mater (traditional)
Vergines egregie (Codex Las Huelgas)
Verbum caro factum est
Judici signum
Madre de Deus (Real Biblioteca del Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial)
Ave generosa (Hildegard of Bingen)
O successores (Hildegard of Bingen)

Patrizia Bovi – voice, Roman harp

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
07.12godz. 20:00
Z BOŻEGO NARODZENIA
MARIA POMIANOWSKA / MARIA POMIANOWSKA ENSEMBLE
Z Bożego Narodzenia

Śpiewamy, śpiewamy
Głos dźwięczny z nieba wychodzi
Nie zalecajże się 
Jam jest dutka 
Z Bożego Narodzenia
Przybieżeli do Betlejem 
Hej, hej lelija 
Radujcie się w Panu
Nabożna i święta żona 
Kiedy król Herod królował 
Gdy śliczna Panna 
Wśród nocnej ciszy

Maria Pomianowska Ensemble
Maria Pomianowska – artistic direction, fidel

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
08.12godz. 17:30
BEOWULF
BENJAMIN BAGBY
Beowulf

Benjamin Bagby – voice, Roman harp

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
08.12godz. 20:00
STIL POLONAISE
PAWEŁ IWASZKIEWICZ / ORKIESTRA CZASÓW ZARAZY
Johann Heinrich Dahlhof
Polonoise 43
Polonoise 45
Polonoise 79 nach Blitz
Polonaise 66
Polonaise 102
Polonaise 126

Ms 4023
Tanic 45
Tanic 64
Tanic 88
Tanic 97
Tanic 102
Tanic 103
Tanic 105
Tanic 108
Tanic 119
Tanic 120
Tanic 121
Tanic 122
Tanic 123
Tanic 124
Tanic 126
Tanic 127
Tanic 128
Tanic 132
Tanic 134
Tanic 153

Orkiestra Czasów Zarazy
Paweł Iwaszkiewicz – artistic direction, bagpipe

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
09.12godz. 17:30
BRIGHT AND EARLY
HOPKINSON SMITH
Bright and Early

Francesco Spinacino: Intabolatura de lauto libro primo
Recercare 4
Recercare 9
Recercare 12
Recercare 15
Recercare 23
Recercare 25

Joan Ambrosio Dalza: Intabolatura de lauto libro quarto
Pavana alla venetiana
Calata ala spagnola ditto terzetti
Poi che’l ciel contrario adverso
Piva alla venetiana
Piva alla ferrarese

Parisian prints of Pierre Attaingnant
Tant que vivray
Sauterelle
Branle de Poictou
Destre amoureux
Branle gay ‘C’est mon Ami’

Hopkinson Smith – lute

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
09.12godz. 20:00
WILLIAM BOYCE: EIGHT SYMPHONIES OP. 2
LILIANNA STAWARZ / ROYAL BAROQUE ENSEMBLE
William Boyce
Eight Symphonies op. 2

Symphony I B-dur ‘Ode for the New Year’
Symphony II A-dur ‘Ode for the King’s Birthday’
Symphony III C-dur ‘Overture to the Chaplet’
Symphony IV F-dur ‘Overture to the Shepherd’s Lottery’
Symphony V D-dur ‘Overture to St. Cecilia’
Symphony VI F-dur ‘Overture to Solomon’
Symphony VII B-dur ‘Overture to the Pythian Ode’
Symphony VIII d-moll ‘Worcester Overture’

Royal Baroque Ensemble
Lilianna Stawarz – artistic direction, harpsichord

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
10.12godz. 17:30
MR. DE SAINTE-COLOMBE LE FILS: LES SIX SUITES POUR BASSE DE VIOLE SEULE
KRZYSZTOF FIRLUS
Mr. de Sainte-Colombe le Fils
Les Six Suites pour Basse de Viole seule

Suite IV e-moll
Suite V h-moll
Suite VI f-moll

Krzysztof Firlus – viola da gamba

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Main Town Hall, ul. Długa 46
10.12godz. 20:00
FRANCESCO GEMINIANI: CONCERTI GROSSI OP. 3
MARTYNA PASTUSZKA / {oh!} ORKIESTRA HISTORYCZNA
Francesco Geminiani
Concerti grossi op. 3

Concerto grosso I D-dur
Concerto grosso II g-moll
Concerto grosso III e-moll
Concerto grosso IV d-moll
Concerto grosso V B-dur
Concerto grosso VI e-moll

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna
Martyna Pastuszka – artistic direction, violin

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
11.12godz. 17:30
GEORG MUFFAT: FLORILEGIUM SECUNDUM
MAŁGORZATA FIEBIG
Georg Muffat
Florilegium Secundum

Fasciculus I 'Nobilis Juventus' (arr. Arie Abbenes)
Fasciculus II'Laeta Poesis' (arr. Arie Abbenes)
Fasciculus III 'Illustres Primitiae' (arr. Arie Abbenes)
Fasciculus IV 'Splendidae Nuptiae' (arr. Arie Abbenes)

Apparatus Musico-Organisticus

Ciacona in G (arr. Gijsbert Kok)

Małgorzata Fiebig – carillon

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St. Catherine's Church, ul. Profesorska 3
11.12godz. 20:00
BACH UND TELEMANN IM CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN
PABLO VALETTI / CÉLINE FRISCH / CAFÉ ZIMMERMANN
Johann Sebastian Bach
Sinfonia D-dur „Wir danken Dir, Gott” BWV 29
Violinkonzert a-moll BWV 1041
Konzert für Flöte, Violine und Klavier a-moll BWV 1044

Georg Philipp Telemann
Sonata prima A-dur TWV 43:A1
Konzert für Flöte, Violine, Violoncello, Streicher und Basso continuo A-dur TWV 53:A2

Café Zimmermann
Pablo Valetti – artistic direction, violin
Céline Frisch – artistic direction, harpsichord

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
12.12godz. 17:30
IT IS AS EASY AS LYING
GIOVANNI ANTONINI
Jacob van Eyck
Der Fluyten Lust-hof

Fantasia e echo
Van Goosen

Aurelio Virgiliano
Il Dolcimelo

Ricercata per flauto

Jacques-Martin Hotteterre
Gay (Prelude in B-dur)
Tendrement (Prelude in b-moll)
Gay (Prelude in g-moll)
Rondeau 'Le plaintif' (Suite III G-dur op. 2)

Georg Philipp Telemann
Fantasia III h-moll TWV 40:4
Fantasia VIII e-moll TWV 40:9
Fantasia X fis-moll TWV 40:11

Johann Sebastian Bach
Partita a-moll BWV 1013

Anonim
Saltarello
Isabella

Giovanni Antonini – flute

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Artus Curt, ul. Długi Targ 43–44
12.12godz. 20:00
MARC-ANTOINE CHARPENTIER: MESSE DE MINUÏT
SÉBASTIEN DAUCÉ / ENSEMBLE CORRESPONDANCES
Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Messe de Minuït pour Noël H 9
Sub tuum praesidium H 28
Alma Redemptoris mater H 44
Te Deum H 147
Quam gloriosa dicta sunt de Te H 400
In nativitatem Domini canticum H 416
Nuit (Dialogus inter angelos et pastores Judeae in nativitatem Domini H 420)
Noëls sur les instruments H 534

Sébastien de Brossard
O Miraculum!

Ensemble Correspondances
Sébastien Daucé – conductor, organ, harpsichord

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St. John's Centre, ul. Świętojańska 50
VENUES
St. John’s Centre
St. John’s Centre
The first written mention of a small chapel dedicated to St. John comes from 1358. The church’s style is typical for late-Gothic architecture of the 14th and 15th centuries, with its heavy, buttressed structure, triple nave interior and flat-ended presbytery. The church took on its current form in the second half of the 15th century. In 1543, the church tower was destroyed by fire to be rebuilt 24 years later. In March 1945, the church burned down but its overall structure survived. After the war, the gutted building was roofed and its valuable vaults secured, but the church was designated a lapidarium. The Gdansk Diocese has been using it for services on Sundays and holidays since the 1990s. In 1995, the church was transferred to the management of the Baltic Sea Culture Centre (BSCC), which is reconstructing it with a view to converting it into a professional centre of culture.
Artus Court
Artus Court
In its day, Artus Court was home to the Brotherhood of St. George, providing a meeting place for nobles, merchants and courts. Currently, Artus Court is a branch of the Gdansk History Museum and is regarded as one of the city’s main tourist attractions. The history of Artus Court goes back to the middle of the 14th century - the building was erected in 1348–1350 and named after King Arthur, reflecting aspirations to the ideals of knightly virtue perfectly embodied by the legendary Celtic leader, and of equality and partnership symbolised by the Round Table at which Arthur sat with his knights. The building’s name, curia regis Artus (Royal Artus Court), was first mentioned in 1357. Artus Court is part of a route known as the Royal Way in the historic Main Town. Its interior is organised as one vast Gothic-style hall. In 1530, this seat of various brotherhoods, a meeting point and festival venue, took on another important role as a chamber for open court hearings. The Grand Hall’s acoustic properties were recognised in the late 17th century and regular concerts were held.
St. Catharine’s Church
St. Catharine’s Church
The Old Town’s oldest parish church. Founded by the Gdańsk Pomeranian Dukes it was dedicated to St. Catharine in 1236. The church is a hall-type edifice with pitched roof, a broad presbytery whose current three-nave structure was formed during a 15th century expansion, and a dominant tower. For nearly 400 years, it belonged to Protestants and was only transferred to the care of the Carmelite Order after the Second World War. In 2011, the world’s first pulsar clock was installed on the tower to celebrate the 400th birthday of Johann Hevelius, one of the city’s all-time greatest citizens. This is also where one finds the astronomer’s tombstone of 1659 and a piece of his coffin plaque with monogram J.H. and date of death 28 January 1687. In the 18th century, the church received its first carillon, subsequently modified and extended several times. The instrument survived a fire in 1905 and Nazi confiscation in 1942. Currently, the carillon consists of 50 bells spanning together four octaves making it Central Europe’s largest concert carillon.
Main Town Hall
Main Town Hall
The Great Wety Hall (the White Hall) is located in the eastern wing of the first and most elegant storey of the building. When the Polish kings visited Gdansk, the hall served as a throne room and a place where the royal burgrave received oaths and issued court judgments. The Great Wety Hall hosted commemorations of Polish citizenship and, until the middle of the 16th century, was the venue of City Council meetings. Starting from 1526, the Hall was used for sittings of the common folk chamber (the Third Ordynek) and the Wety Court. Between 1817 and 1921, the Great Wety Hall was mostly referred to as the City Council Hall (Stadtverordnetensaal) as it hosted the meetings of City Representatives. In 1840-1841, its interiors were rebuilt in a neo-gothic style based on the summer refectory from the Grand Master’s Palace in Malbork Castle. In 1909, a 16th century Renaissance portal, that was originally located in the merchant’s house at Chlebnicka 11, was placed over the entry to the Main Hallway. In 1945, the destroyed hall was reconstructed following the design Stanisław Bobiński and brought back to its pre-1941 condition.
Old Market Town Hall
Old Market Town Hall
Created by Anthonis van Obberghen, the Old Market Town Hall was erected in late 16th century in the Dutch Mannerist style. Built for the Old Town authorities, the building was a centre of the political, economic, scientific and social life of this part of Gdansk for many centuries. It was there that city debates were held, that the Grand Hall hosted official ceremonies, while balls and parties were organised there in the evenings. A famous Gdansk-based scholar and astronomer Johannes Hevelius resided in the Old Market Town Hall as an assessor and the first councillor, storing his home-made beer in the town hall cellars. With its landmark silhouette, the town hall is a major urban highlight of the Old Town. Regardless of many reconstructions, the town hall envelope has remained unchanged until now. Multiple modifications of its interior have enriched the building with exceptional objects. The first floor features an elegant hallway and an imposing Grand Hall, now known as the Bourgeoisie Hall, with an original wooden ceiling.
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