The 16th Misteria Paschalia Festival broadcast by Mezzo TV and by Polish Radio Channel 2

Wednesday 3 April 2019

Once again, thanks to the prestigious cooperation with Mezzo TV and Polish Radio Channel 2, the Misteria Paschalia Festival will reach music lovers all around the world. Selected concerts of the festival can be heard and seen live straight from Krakow. Enjoy!


Mezzo TV is a French television presenting classical music: concerts, opera and ballet performances, and the best festivals devoted to classical music. The station broadcasts current musical events and presents archival recordings, inaccessible to viewers of other television channels.


As the first of the Misteria Paschalia Festival concerts, the station will record a concert that will take place on Maundy Thursday at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre. On 18 April 2019, Rinaldo Alessandrini, one of the most outstanding conductors of the Baroque repertoire, will combine religious compositions by the best representatives of three Italian schools: Antonio Vivaldi of Venice, Antonio Bononcini of Bologna and Leonardo Leo of Naples. Vivaldi's Credo in E minor RV 591, written around 1715, is one of the most important works of sacred music, while Bononcini's Stabat Mater in C minor is one of the most famous musical settings of this famous sequence. The 8-voice Miserere by Leo (1739) was admired by great Romantic composers such as Verdi and Wagner, and in modern times – by Riccardo Muti. This performance will restore the charming character of religious music at the beginning of the 18th century.


Mezzo TV is going to broadcast live a concert on Good Friday: Tristes erant Apostoli. We invite you to view this transmission with the participation of this year's Resident Artistic Director, Antonio Florio, who will lead the Cappella Neapolitana ensemble, at 8 p.m. We will hear the sacred music of Antonio Nola, one of the lesser known and more mysterious figures among the numerous great Neapolitan masters of the early Baroque. For the first time, after recording several pieces by Nola, Antonio Florio dedicates an entire programme of sacred music of this master composer (including his outstanding Stabat Mater).


The French broadcaster will also record Saturday's Misteria Paschalia concert, Lu Cuntu de la Passiuni, which will take place in the “Wieliczka” Salt Mine. The concert will feature Pino De Vittorio and the Laboratorio '600 ensemble, led by theorbist Franco Pavan. Together with other musicians, Pavan recovered and reconstructed the repertoire of old folk and popular passion songs from the Italian South, mostly unknown today. The unique talent of Pino De Vittorio, singer and world-famous actor, will restore the deep emotions contained in the traditional studies of the history of the Passion of Christ.


Early music lovers will be able to hear two live concerts of this year's edition of Misteria Paschalia Festival on Polish Radio Channel 2. 


On the day of the inauguration of the festival, the 15th of April 2019, the music will come straight from the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria, where the Polish premiere of Passio Domini nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem will take place. Festival Resident Artistic Director Antonio Florio will lead his Cappella Neapolitana ensemble and the Polish Radio Choir in performing the work of Gaetano Veneziano. Together with his ensemble, Antonio Florio made a valuable discovery of a true masterpiece, which also evokes the person of its composer, Gaetano Veneziano, one of the most eminent Italian masters of his time.

The second concert, which will be broadcast on Polish Radio Channel 2 will be Arias and Overtures to Metastasio’s Passione di Cristo. Pietro Metastasio was the most influential poeta per musica and librettist of the 18th century. Immediately after moving to Vienna in 1730, as the court poet, he was commissioned by Emperor Charles VI to write the text of La Passione di Gesù Cristo, to which Antonio Caldara composed the music – the work was performed in the Holy Week of the same year in the court chapel. For the next hundred years, Metasiasio’s Passione di Cristo was one of the most successful and well-known oratorio texts, illustrated with music by eminent composers. Using fragments of their scores (once performed throughout Europe, from Vienna to Dresden, from Rome to Bologna and London), the La Passione concert reconstructs a pasticcio characterised by great intensity and drama.