Chopin’s pals plan huge night time of masterpieces

Pianist Konrad Olszewski… “The music can converse in the event you don’t need to discuss with items of paper”.

AFTER a three-year break, the Mates of Chopin Australia are again on the rostrum celebrating 50 years of Polish-Australian diplomatic relations with – what else? – a live performance referred to as “Chopin Vive”.

Billed as a spectacular night of Chopin masterpieces, it’s the primary in a collection of recitals over the following 12 months and options the expertise of Konrad Olszewski from Melbourne taking part in works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karl Tausig and Karol Szymanowski.

Lengthy-time Mates’ president Ben James says the thought is to reconnect with “our pals (our viewers) and our mission” and that subsequently Penelope Thwaites will carry out in February with pals from the CSO, and Alexander Yau and rising musicians in Might.

I caught up with Olszewski by telephone in Melbourne. 

Born in Australia to Polish dad and mom, he was introduced up in Melbourne, began taking part in at about age six and, as a younger musician in 2005, gave a recital in Zelazowa Wola, Poland, Chopin’s birthplace, within the midst of snow. 

He accomplished his grasp of music below Glenn Riddle, on the College of Melbourne, the place he acquired the JS Bach Prize, the Woman Turner Exhibition Prize and the Searle Piano School Advantage Scholarship. 

Now working as a contract soloist and affiliate artist, his day job is as a repetiteur for Melbourne Opera. He’s additionally an in-demand accompanist, for which he has acquired the Barry Bowen Accompanist Award and has twice gained Greatest Accompanist within the Nationwide Liederfest. He additionally performs jazz.

Olszewski says there’s a particular artwork to being an accompanist – a capability to sight learn.

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“In accompanying, the artwork is to commit your self to the concord, in fact, but in addition you want sensitivity to the soloist.

“It’s a must to observe no matter is required. Chopin stated it’s best to at all times hearken to singers as that’s the easiest approach to perceive how one can play melody.”

There’s a enormous distinction, with regards to taking part in solo music, as he will probably be doing in Canberra. 

“You could have extra freedom to specific no matter prospects you want. It’s a must to let your self go to some extent, you need to cross the boundaries so far as attainable and which means you want extra time to observe,” he says.

He gained’t be utilizing a rating when he performs right here, which can add to the sense of freedom – “the music can converse in the event you don’t need to discuss with items of paper”.

He’s acquainted with Canberra, having carried out for the Mates of Chopin Australia prior to now, and in early August this yr performed with a violinist for the inauguration of the Embassy of Latvia.

Olszewski is fast to level out that he gained’t simply be performing works by Chopin in “Chopin Vive”, he may even carry out works by Tausig and Szymanowski as “a part of the tradition”.

Particularly, he’ll open with Chopin’s well-known “Funeral March” and his “Nocturne in E flat main” Op. 55, No. 2, however will then go on to play the grand piano extravaganza ,”Réminiscences de ‘Halka’ de Stanislaw Moniuszko” Op. 2 by Tausig, who had impressed Franz Liszt at age 14 with a efficiency of Chopin’s “Heroic” Polonaise.

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After interval, Olszewski will play Szymanowski’s “Masques” Op. 34, a musical triptych involving three masked literary characters, Schéhérazade, Le Bouffon and Don Juan, earlier than a collection of Chopin’s etudes and preludes, and winding up with two “grandes valses brillantes”.

A advantageous approach, Ben James says, of celebrating the inventive contributions of Polish-Australians and the sturdy bonds of friendships with Australia.

“Chopin Vive”, All Saints, Ainslie, 7pm, Saturday, November 19.

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Ian Meikle, editor