Wojciech Kilar

Wojciech Kilar - one of the founders and guiding lights of the New Polish School in the 60s.

Christian Ihle Hadland With Krzysztof Urbanski And The Trondheim Symphony Play Music Of Kilar, Grieg And Lutoslawski – 2013 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Wojciech Kilar
Wojciech Kilar – one of the founders and guiding lights of the New Polish School in the 60s.

Trondheim Symphony – Krzysztof Urbanski, cond. Christian Ihle Hadland, Piano – Recorded and broadcast live, January 10, 2013 – NRK Radio-P2

Over to Oslo this week for a concert by the Trondheim Symphony, led by Krzysztof Urbanski and featuring Christian Ihle Hadland, piano, broadcast and recorded on January 10, 2013 by NRK-Radio.

The concert starts off with a piece by the contemporary Polish Composer Woijciech Kilar. Krzesany for Orchestra. The orchestra is joined by Christian Ihle Hadland for a performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto. And the concert ends with Concerto For Orchestra by Witold Lutoslawski.

Woijciech Kilar was both a Polish classical and film music composer. His film scores won many honors including the best score award for the music to Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land) in 1975, followed by the Prix Louis Delluc in 1980 for the music to Le Roi et l’Oiseau / The King and the Mockingbird, and an award at the Cork International Film Festival for the music to From A Far Country (1981) about the life of Pope John Paul II.

One of his greatest successes came with his score to Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992 which received the ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Producers in Los Angeles, nominated also for the Saturn Award for Best Music in a science fiction, fantasy, or horror film in San Francisco in 1992. In 2003, he won the César Award for Best Film Music written for The Pianist, at France’s 28th César Awards Ceremony in 2003, for which he also received a BAFTA nomination. The film’s soundtrack featured his “Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940” with the other 10 tracks being works by Frédéric Chopin. The music in the movie includes pieces by Beethoven and Bach.

In addition to his film work, Kilar continued to write and publish purely classical works, which have included a horn sonata, a piece for a wind quintet, several pieces for chamber orchestra and choir, the acclaimed Baltic Canticles, the epic Exodus (famous as the trailer music from Schindler’s List and the main theme of Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups), a Concerto for Piano and Orchestra dedicated to Peter Jablonski, and his major work, the September Symphony (2003). Kilar died in December of 2013.

In addition to Krzysztof Urbanski Christian Ihkle Hadland has played with renowned conductors at the highest level, including Sir Andrew Davis, Herbert Blomstedt and Thomas Dausgaard.

​Christian was born in Stavanger in 1983 and received his first piano lessons at the age of eight. At the age of eleven he entered the Rogaland Music Conservatory, and in 1999 began lessons with Professor Jiri Hlinka, both privately and at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo.

Krzysztof Urbanski served as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra from 2011 to 2021 and as Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader of the Trondheim Symphony (2010-2017). In 2017 he was appointed Honorary Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony and Opera. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the Tokyo Symphony (2012-2016) and Principal Guest Conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (2015-2021).

With the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester he recorded albums of Lutosławski’s works, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Strauss’ works; all on Alpha Classics. His discography also includes Chopin’s small pieces for piano and orchestra with Jan Lisiecki and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon which received an ECHO Klassik Award and Martinů’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with Sol Gabetta and the Berliner Philharmoniker recorded for Sony.

Enjoy the concert.

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