Does classical music must always be so serious? Nothing could be further from the truth. For these four autumn days, Warsaw will be bursting with emotions that accompany the biggest rock events in Europe. However, the impulse for the shared music experience, will not involve the guitar riffs and trance loops, but fantasies and preludes of great artists from the turn of the century. Anyone will be able to discover or rediscover the works of Brahms, Mahler, Liszt, Strauss and Szymanowski. These five "Titans" are the flagship characters of this year's edition of LES TITANS of "La Folle Journée de Varsovie" four-day festival, which will be held in Teatr Wielki — Polish National Opera, as well as in the concert tent at the Theatre Sq. In the course of more than 80 concerts, the audience will be entertained by nearly 860 world-class artists, including the conductors Kazuki Yamada and Marc Minkowski, the pianist Plamena Mangova, the Modigliani String Quartet and the Hungarian group Muzsikas.
"Who said that you cannot listen to Bach and Mozart wearing a T-shirt and a worn pair of jeans?"– Says René Martin, the founder and artistic director of the festival La Folle Journée. -"The idea for this festival came to my mind when I was at the U2 concert with my children. Seeing the 35,000 fans gathered at the stadium, I thought, "Why not to let these people come and listen to classical music? " Our festival brings the same excitement as a rock concert: fun and shared music experience" — René Martin emphasizes.
The program of each of the Crazy Days of Music includes dozens of short, maximum 45-minute concerts, which will take place on several stages simultaneously. The participants will be offered the full freedom of choice, and thus will be creating the specific character of the festival. Another attraction are the symbolic prices of tickets (PLN 5-7-10).
"One hundred years ago, music was arousing the same emotions it arouses today, and its creators had the status of the contemporary music stars"– says Janusz Marynowski, the Managing Director of SinfoniaVarsovia. "The works of Mahler, Strauss and Szymanowski reflect their personal dramas, complicated relationships, triumphs and failures. La Folle Journée festival is a great opportunity to learn this and to get carried away by the music." – Janusz Marynowski adds.
This year's festival participants, especially young people, can discover how much Liszt had in common with John Lennon, what links Brahms with Jimi Hendrix, and where the similarities between Gustav Mahler and Michael Jackson are. Moreover, they can discover how it all connects and penetrates the works and the passion that music releases.
|Alternative biographies of the Titans|
|Press Release 6 July - Les Titans 2011|
|A few words from the Initiator Letter Rene Martin|
foto. Dominik Skurzak