from Wroclaw


Baroque from Wroclaw

August 02, 9:15 p.m.
Church of San Francesco, Lerici


Kaspar Förster Jr. (1616 – 1673)
Credo quod redemptor – Quanta fecisti Domine
Celebramus te Jehova
Sonata in F major “La Sidon”
Dialogi Davidis cum Philisteo
Intenderunt arcum
Ad arma fideles
Sonata in G major

Giacomo Carissimi (1605 – 1674)

Wrocław Baroque Ensemble
Andrzej Kosendiak, director


Wrocław Baroque Ensemble specializes in historically informed performance, having the main focus on exploration into uncommon repertoire from Central Europe. The group presents a variety of early music, from chamber works to oratorios and cantatas, keeping a particular interest in heritage of Polish Renaissance and Baroque. It was founded in 2012 by Andrzej Kosendiak and from the very beginning it has been operating under his artistic direction. Currently, it is one of the resident ensembles of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. The core of the group consists of outstanding instrumentalists and singers from European countries (Poland, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom, and Germany). Wrocław Baroque Ensemble can boast a wide recording catalogue, which includes a series of CD albums dedicated to Baroque repertoire featuring mainly works by the Polish composers – Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Bartłomiej Pękiel, Marcin Mielczewski, Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński, Mikołaj Zieleński, and Jacek Różycki (CD Accord). The series is available on Spotify and worldwide distributed by Naxos, earning positive international reviews on MusicWeb International, ClassicsToday.com, and Fanfare Archive. The first album, with music by Gorczycki, was awarded the Wrocław Music Prize in 2013. In 2013, 2015, 2017-2021, 2023 the albums were nominated for a prestigious Polish music award, Fryderyk. In 2019, Mielczewski II won a Fryderyk and in 2021 – Mikołaj Zieleński (both in the Album of the Year – Early Music category). In 2015, the group released The Salzburg Marian Mass (with liturgical music by Mozart) in collaboration with the NFM Boys’ Choir under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak. In 2022, the ensemble released their first vinyl disc with Gorczycki’s Completorium and the CD Marcin Józef Żebrowski – Vesperae in Visitatione Beatae Mariae Virginis (awarded Fryderyk 2023 and nominated for Opus Klassik). Their latest album is Musica liturgica recorded with the organist Marcin Szelest. It features all the preserved works by Marcin Leopolita, alongside anonymous pieces coming from tablatures, works by Wacław of Szamotuły and two world premiere recordings of compositions by Francesco Maffon. The ensemble has appeared at major international festivals, such as Wratislavia Cantans, Ohrid Summer, Emilia Romagna Festival, Usedomer Musikfestival, and Ljubljana Festival, as well as performing in numerous cities in Poland and Europe.

Andrzej Kosendiak, conductor
Director of the Witold Lutosławski National Forum of Music in Wrocław, conductor and teacher, one of the most active musicians and promoters of musical life in Poland. He is a graduate of the Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. In 2013, he received a postdoctoral degree, and in 2021 the title of professor and is currently employed at his alma mater. In 2005, he became Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic and the International Festival Wratislavia Cantans and effected structural and profile transformation of both institutions, finally merging them into the National Forum of Music. The opening of the new venue of the NFM – which was constructed thanks to his ideas and efforts – was honored with the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2016 award in the Event of the Year category. As Director of the NFM, he created new artistic ensembles, i.a. the NFM Choir, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and the NFM Boys’ Choir. From 2011 to 2021, Andrzej Kosendiak served as Chairman of the Board of the Society of Polish Philharmonics, and from 2012 to 2016 as Vice Chairman of the Council for Artistic Institutions, an advisory body to Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Music of the past is of particular interest to Andrzej Kosendiak. In 1985, he founded the ensemble Collegio di Musica Sacra, and in 2012 Wrocław Baroque Ensemble, of which he is Artistic Director. He has recorded previously unknown works from Wrocław University Library and Strasbourg Library, works of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (awarded Wrocław Music Prize), Bartłomiej Pękiel, Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński, Jacek Różycki, and others; most of these recordings were nominated for Fryderyk awards: Mielczewski II won a Fryderyk 2019 (Album of the Year – Early Music), and Mikołaj Zieleński triumphed in the same category, winning a Fryderyk in 2021. The CD with works by Zieleński was also nominated for International Classical Music Awards 2021 in the Baroque Vocal category. In 2022, new recordings directed by him were released: a vinyl disc with Gorczycki’s Completorium and the CD Marcin Józef Żebrowski – Vesperae in Visitatione Beatae Mariae Virginis (awarded Fryderyk 2023 and nominated for Opus Klassik 2023 in the categories: Conductor of the Year and Ensemble of the Year). In 2023, the album recorded with Marcin Szelest – Musica liturgica – was published, featuring all the preserved works by Marcin Leopolita and other works for organ. Andrzej Kosendiak regularly conducts the NFM ensembles and orchestras in Poland and internationally. He has performed in many countries in Europe, the USA (including a collaboration with University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and China. He is very active in the field of education. He initiated educational projects: Singing Wrocław, Singing Poland, international meetings of choirs Singing Europe, and thanks to his support or initiative the following have been created at the NFM: the National Polish Youth Choir, Choral Academy, Early Music Academies combining master classes with concerts, NFM Orchestra Academy preparing musicians to work in professional ensembles, as well as the NFM Education Centre. He is the father of the Musica polonica rediviva program, whose premise is to encourage performances of Polish music by young artists around the world with the support of conservatories and festivals. Andrzej Kosendiak has also initiated the recording series 1000 Years of Music in Wrocław and Witold Lutosławski. Opera omnia. Thanks to his efforts, a joint phonographic project by Paul McCreesh and the NFM Choir is being carried out, including recordings of great oratorio works; hitherto released albums have twice won the BBC Music Magazine Award, a Diapason d’Or and the Editor’s Choice of Gramophone magazine. In 2018, a CD with Moniuszko’s Phantoms was released under the direction of Andrzej Kosendiak – recorded by eminent singers and actors, as well as the NFM Choir and Wrocław Baroque Orchestra; this CD won a Fryderyk 2019 award in the category Album of the Year – Choral Music, Oratorio and Opera. Andrzej Kosendiak has many awards and distinctions to his credit, among others the Award of the Mayor of Wrocław (2016), Lower Silesian Key of (2016), awards of Radio Wrocław Kultura – Emotions (2017, 2018), Austrian Honorary Cross of 1st Class for Merit in Science and Art (2018), Diamond of Wrocław (2018), the Gold Honorary Badge ‘Wrocław with Gratitude – Wratislavia grateful animo’ (2020), and, awarded by the President of Poland, an Officer’s Cross of Polonia Restituta Order (2023).


The concert is scheduled to begin at 9:15 pm. The kind audience is advised to arrive early to proceed to take their seats.