“Lontano” in Italian means “from afar” and that’s why it was chosen as the name for the piano trio that made it their intention to popularize music that’s lesser-known and rarely performed, off the mainstream. Everybody knows the great symphonies of Mahler, but he was also a master of the chamber music, such as the Piano Quartet in A minor, written at the age of 17. The oeuvre of Władysław Żeleński, father of Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński, has been forgotten over the years. Most of the scores are hard to find, many of the works has been lost, and modern renditions of the rest are not common, even though he was one of the main representants of Polish neoromantic music, and second best only to Moniuszko when it comes to operas and songs. His Piano Quartet in C minor stands out thanks to great narration and charming melodic ideas, such as the slow Romanza. Piano Quartet in E minor by Fibich—one of the representants of Czech national school, creator of operas and melodramas—captivated the Podlasie chamber musicians with unique melody. It is probably the very first time this work will be performed in Podlasie. The trio will be accompanied by the violist Adrian Stanciu.
Gustav Mahler—Piano Quartet in A minor
Zdeněk Fibich—Piano Quartet in E minor, Op. 11
Władysław Żeleński—Piano Quartet in C minor, Op. 61