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The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the most renowned orchestras of its country and is on the road as a cultural ambassador. Ukrainian art music is deeply connected with what was composed in the musical tradition over centuries in Italy, Germany and France. The 1st Piano Concerto by Frederic Chopin, Robert Schumann's 4th Symphony and Ukrainian concert works will be played. Boris Lyatoshynsky is considered the father of contemporary Ukrainian music. His influence on his and the following generation was so great that not even the period of Stalinism, when Ukrainian national music was suppressed, could change it.

Beleuchtete Philharmonie Berlin mit Potsdamer Platz am Abend
Beleuchtete Philharmonie Berlin mit Potsdamer Platz am Abend © visitBerlin, Foto Wolfgang Scholvien

Lyatoshynsky's symphonic ballad "Grazhyna" was written in the mid-1950s. Based on a poem, the work tells the story of the mythical Lithuanian army leader who fights against an order of knights, is betrayed and becomes an immortal heroine through her death. For many, this piece is considered Lyatoshysky's best work. The music is highly dramatic, brilliantly orchestrated, and full of colorful exotic themes.

Levko Kolodub's tonal language uses many elements of Ukrainian folklore. His output includes operas, operettas, ballets, twelve symphonies, numerous concertos for wind instruments with orchestra, and chamber and cinema music. In his "Ukrainian Carpathian Rhapsody" Kolodub takes the audience to the mountain world of the Carpathians. It is a sonorous declaration of love to the rugged landscape, touchingly translated into colorful music.

Guest event with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko and Bruce Liu on piano.

Performed works:

Borys Lyatoshynskyi
Grazhyna, Symphonic Ballad op. 58

Frédéric Chopin
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E minor op. 11

Bruce Liu piano

Levko Kolodub
Ukrainian Carpathian Rhapsody

Robert Schumann
Symphony No. 4 in D minor op. 120

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Participating artists
Frédéric Chopin (Komponist/in)
Lewko Kolodub (Komponist/in)
Borys Ljatoschynskyj (Komponist/in)
Robert Schumann (Komponist/in)
Volodymyr Sirenko
Nationales Sinfonieorchester der Ukraine
Philharmonie Berlin