The Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius
Jagiellońska 15
European Early Music Day - Primavera

Adam Jarzębski – Canzon terza
Georg Philipp Telemann – Sonata a'4 in A major
Antonio Vivaldi – Sonata in D minor RV 63 “La Folia” (trans. for string quartet)
Luigi Boccherini – String Quartet in B flat major G.160
Stanisław Moniuszko – String Quartet No. 1 in D minor

The Jagiellonian Auditorium, a former theologians' lecture hall forming the oldest part of Collegium Maius, will serve as the setting for the chamber concert Primavera – or simply “spring” – performed by Quartetto Nero, a young Kraków-based ensemble. This dynamic string quartet owes its intriguing sound to the fact that they perform their music on original historical instruments (or their copies), using gut strings and special bows suitable for playing the music from specific epochs, thanks to which it stands out significantly both on the Polish and foreign music scene. During the concert on 21 March, the artists will perform not only works written for a quartet or four string instruments, but also arranged for such an ensemble.

Falling in line with the concept of this year’s edition of the Misteria Paschalia Festival, the concert programme encompasses works by Polish and Italian composers, who were active between the first half of the 17th and the second half of the 19th century. We will hear Canzon terza by Adam Jarzębski, Polish composer and violinist of Sigismund III Vasa’s royal Kapelle; Sonata à 4 in A major TWV 40:200 by Georg Philip Telemann, who successfully combined German, Italian, French as well as Polish style; Antonio Vivaldi’s famous Sonata in D minor RV 63 (“La Folia”) transcribed for a string quartet, and finally Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet in B flat major G.160. For the perverse and a bit unexpected finale of the concert, the ensemble will play Stanisław Moniuszko’s String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, whose year we are currently celebrating.

The partner of the concert is the Jagiellonian University Museum Collegium Maius – the event accompanies the Postcards from Italy exhibition, showcasing photographs taken by Professor Piotr Sztompka during his travels to Tuscany.

Quartetto Nero