(...) the last thing you could say about the performance of the Orkiestra Historyczna led by the concertmaster Martyna Pastuszka, is that it is monotonous: seven instrumentalists played with much freshness and momentum. (...)
Guido Krawinkel, Bonner General-Anzeiger

?(...) A truly interesting moment came at the end of the concert with the performance of Telemann?s Quartett G-dur (?); the stylistic contrast to the preceding suite was striking and shed light on the stylistic diversity of Telemann?s ouvre as well as on the uniquely colourful and refined performance of Orkiestra Historyczna."
Guido Krawinkel, Bonner General-Anzeiger

(...) I hope that more Polish cities will be able to hear the {oh!} soon and sigh in admiration for their music. Therefore: Orkiestra Historyczna! Please, give us more!
Agnieszka Nowok, Ruch Muzyczny

Oh, what an orchestra have we got! (...) They showed real class. After all, its members are musicians of not only national but also European renown. (...) Their Vivaldi, Veracini and Bach were marvelous. (...)
Łukasz Kałębasiak, Gazeta Wyborcza, Katowice

It is pleasing to assist at the birth of an ensemble which has been an ensemble from the very beginning, and that is masterful indeed. (...).
Dorota Szwarcman

(...) The Orkiestra Historyczna showed its class both during the instrumental part of the concert as well is in the role of accompaniment to the vocal soloist. (...)
Bożena Gieburowska


20. 11. 2014

{oh!} at the new seat of the Polish National Polish Radio Symphony

The artistic season of the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna continues: on 20th ensemble gave a special concert at the chamber hall of the new seat of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orkiestra as part of the Master Recitals concert cycle. The programme was indeed unique: most of the works were performed for the first time in almost 300 years!

The Master Recitals were a perferct opportunity to hear the artists perform a challenging chamber repertoire. The fourth Recital comprised works of German composers, which seem to bridge the still largely unexplored musical space between the High Baroque and Classical eras. The programme of the concert was entitled Music in Dresden during the Reign of August II the Strong and included works found in the University Library Dresden, which were written by two forgotten composers: Johann Schroyfogel and Christoph Schaffrath.
The concert was an extension of the CD album of the same title published recently by DUX, which included Schreyfogel?s chamber works and featured three {oh!} musicians: Martyna Pastuszka, Marcin Świątkiewicz and Krzysztof Firlus. The repertoire of the concert comprised Graun?s and Telemann?s works. The solo parts were performed by {oh!}?s concertmaster Martyna Pastuszka and one of the founding members of the ensemble: the cembalist Marcin Świątkiewicz.

Johann Gottlieb Graun ( 1702-1771) Ouverture D-dur
Johann Friedrich Schreyfogel (..??- 1750?) Concerto in d minor for violin and orchestra
Christoph Schaffrath ( 1709-1763) Harpsichord Concerto in E major
Johann Friedrich Schreyfogel (..??- 1750?) Sonata III in F major for violin and basso continuo
Georg Philip Telemann ( 1681-1767) ? Concerto alla Polonese TWV 43:G7
Johann Friedrich Schreyfogel (..??- 1750?) Concerto for violin and orchestra in c minor

Martyna Pastuszka ? violin
Marcin Świątkiewicz ? cembalo

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna:
Martyna Pastuszka, Adam Pastuszka, Małgorzata Malke, Alicja Sierpińska ? 1st violins
Violetta Szopa-Tomczyk, Marzena Biwo, Dominika Małecka ? 2nd
Anna Nowak-Pokrzywińska, Dymitr Olszewski ? viola
Bartosz Kokosza ? violoncello
Marcin Świątkiewicz ? cembalo
Krzysztof Firlus ? double bass
Jan Cizmar ? lute

31. 10. 2014

{oh!} performs at the 2004 Silesian Emeralds awards gala
The Silesian Emeralds are awarded to people who transcend religious, national and cultural boundaries. The award is given to distinguished Silesians for outstanding accomplishments in the spreading of tolerance, ecumenism, European intergration and conciliation between nations. Since 2004, the Silesian Emeralds were awarded to such people as: the President of the European Parliament professor Jerzy Buzek, archbishops Damian Zimoń and Alfons Nossol, the writer Jerzy Pilch, the columnist Krzysztof Karwat, professors: Ewa Chojecka, Grażyna Szewczyk, Julian Gembalski, Jan Harasimowicz, Jan Malicki and Dorota Simonides as well as the composer Ryszard Gabryś, the ski jumper Adam Małysz and the politician Marcin Tyrna.

25. 10. 2014

Bach 200 UW: {oh!} in Warsaw!
Three cantatas were performed at the Kazimierz Palace in Krakowskie Przedmieście: Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid BWV 58, Der Friede sei mit dir BWV 158 and Ich habe genug BWV BWB 82. The event was a part of the 200 Cantas for the 200th Anniversary of the University of Warsaw concert cycle.

Solo parts performed by:
Joanna Radziszewska - soprano
Dawid Biwo - bass
{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna:
Martyna Pastuszka, Marzena Biwo - violin
Dymitr Olszewski - viola
Julia Karpeta - viola da gamba
Anna Firlus ? positive organ
Petra Ambrosi, Ales Ambrosi ? oboes

10. 10. 2014

{oh!} in Turkey!
The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna has completed another international artistic undertaking. Last Friday and Saturday, the ensemble performed in Ankara and Istanbul. {oh!} took part in a project entitled ?SAZ Ü SÖZ / MUSIC AND WORDS ­ A Pole in the Seraglio?, which was connected with the 600th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Poland and Turkey. This event is the outcome of an artistic cooperation with Capella Cracoviensis, who invited {oh!} to take part in this undertaking. Orkiestra Historyczna performed together with the singers of Capella Cracoviensis, the international early wind instrument ensemble Oltremontano and the Turkish Pera Ensemble, who play traditional instruments. The ensembles presented Polish and Turkish music of the 17th century.

The ?SAZ Ü SÖZ / MUSIC AND WORDS ­ A Pole in the Seraglio? project was dedicated to the life and work of Ali Ufki, a 17th-century Polish musician, composer and painter, who made a brilliant career as a multilingual interpreter in the diplomacy of the Sublime Porta. The aim of the project was to show Wojciech Bobowski?s progress from Polish culture, which he knew very well, to Turkish culture. For this reason, the programme was divided into three parts: Polish music of the beginning of the 17th century, Ottoman music, interspersed with Ali Ufki?s Psalms, which are a syncretic mixture of Eastern and Western traditions. The uniqueness of the project lies in the comparative setting of these two worlds and the presentation of the way one has to go to achieve their synthesis: the path set by a 17th-century musician and interpreter, who translated not only languages but also cultures.

Polonya da ?talyan tarz? / Italian influences in Poland
Marcin MIELCZEWSKI Canzona terza
Offertoria totius anni: 16. In festo Annuntiationis B.M.V.: Ave Maria
Communiones totius anni: 18. In festo Annuntiationis B.M.V.: Ecce virgo concipiet
Polonya da ?talyan bestekarlar / Italian composers in Poland
Tarquinio MERULA Ciaccona

Polonya da Tatarlar, harb, Bobowski Türklere esir düşüyor / Tartars in Poland, war, Bobowski is captured by Turks
Andrea GABRIELI Battaglia a 8 (seconda parte) ? attacca ? 

Ali Ufki nin dünyas? / Ali Ufki's world
Neva Ceng-i Harbi (from "Haza mecmua saz-u söz den")
Pisrevi Efrenci
Michael PRAETORIUS (1571 ? 1621) Pavane d'Espagne
Biagio MARINI (1594 ? 1663) Sinfonia terzo tuono ? attacca ?
Ali UFKI Aşk?n ile akl?m
Canzona quinta
Dervîş Frenk MUSTAFÂ Murabba (from "Haza mecmua saz-u söz den")
Ali UFKI Rast Semai (from "Haza mecmua saz-u söz den")


Mikołaj ZIELEŃSKI Magnificat a 3 cori
Nefiri BEHRAM Bayati Pesrev
Ali UFKI ? Claude GOUDIMEL Psalm 2 (Mezmur 2) ? attacca ?
Mikołaj GOMÓŁKA (ca 1535 ? after 1591 or 1609) Psalm 2 ? attacca ?
Ali UFKI ? Claude GOUDIMEL Psalm 5 (Mezmur 5) ? attacca ?
Mikołaj GOMÓŁKA Psalm 5 ? attacca ?
Ali UFKI ? Claude GOUDIMEL Psalm 10 (Mezmur 10) ? attacca ?
Mikołaj GOMÓŁKA Psalm 10
Türki Muhabbet
Uyan ey gözlerim (Sözler Sultan Murad Han) from "Haza mecmua saz-u söz den", lyrics by Sultan Murad Ilahiler

Jolanta Kowalska sopran | soprano
Łukasz Dulewicz alt | alto
Szczepan Kosior tenor
Jacek Ozimkowski bas | bass

Martyna Pastuszka Adam Pastuszka skrzypce | violin
Justyna Krusz viola da gamba
Bartosz Kokosza wiolonczela | cello

Josue Melendez cynk | cornetto
Robert Schlegl puzon | trombone
Adam Bregman puzon | trombone
Wim Becu puzon | trombone

PERA ENSEMBLE (Turcja / Turkey)
Yahya Geylan śpiew | singer
Harun Gürbüz śpiew | singer
Murat Irk?lata śpiew | singer
Ertan Bilgi śpiew | singer
Ihsan Özer kanun
Hasan Esen kemence
Volkan Yilmaz ney
Cenk Güray ba?lama
Şehvar Beşiro?lu çeng
Christoph Sommer teorba, gitara barokowa | theorbo, baroque guitar
Ozan Pars instrumenty perkusyjne | percussion
Salih S?rmaçekiç, instrumenty perkusyjne | percussion
Mehmet C. Yeşilçay lutnia ud, şahrud, gitara barokowa, kierownictwo artystyczne | oud, şahrud, baroque guitar, artistic direction
Marcin Świątkiewicz klawesyn, dyrygent | harpsichord, conductor

Event cofinanced by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and organised within the framework of cultural celebrations of the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations.

11. 09. 2014

{oh!} I love Katowice! Olga Pasichnyk and the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna
During the opening concert of the I Love Katowice Festival prepared for the occasion of the 149th aniversary of the foundation of the capital of Silesia, the {oh!} performed a unique concert with a unique guest! The outstanding soprano Olga Pasichnyk, together with the {oh!}, performed arias from G. F. Haendel?s opera Agrippina and J. S. Bach?s Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen. The program comprised also instrumental works, presented by members of the {oh!} Orkiestra: Martyna Pastuszka, Małgorzata Malke and Krzysztof Firlus. The concert took place at the newly renovated theatre hall of the Palace of Youth.

G. Ph. Telemann (1681-1767) - Suite for viola da gamba and orchestra TWV 55: D6
G. Ph. Händel (1685-1759) - Arias of Poppeia from the opera Agrippina
J. S. Bach (1685-1750) ? Double concerto for two violins in d minor BWV 1043
J.S. Bach (1685-1750) ? Cantata Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51

Olga Pasichnyk ? sopran0
Martyna Pastuszka, Małgorzata Malke ? violins
Russel Gilmour ? trumpet
Krzysztof Firlus ? viola da gamba

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna:
Martyna Pastuszka, Marieke Bouche, Klaudia Matlak ? 1st violins
Małgorzata Malke, Agnieszka Krawczyk, Seojin Kim ? 2nd violins
Dymitr Olszewski ? viola
Bartosz Kokosza ? violoncello
Michał Bąk ? double bass
Marcin Świątkiewicz ? cembalo
Marek Pilch ? positive organ
Jan Cizmar ? lute
Krzysztof Firlus ? viola da gamba

30. 07. 2014

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna at the Summer Early Music Festival in Prague
On 30th July, {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna performed during the 15th edition of the Summer Festival of Early music in Prague, the largest event of this type in the Czech republic. This prestigious festival also featured ensembles from France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Norway and the Netherlands. {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna was the only ensemble to represent Poland, promoting the city of Katowice at the same time. The programme of {oh!}?s concert was connected with two anniversaries: 310th birthday and 370th death anniversary of H. I. F. Biber. The ensemble performed twelve of his sonatas from the cycle entitled ?Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes? for violin, trumpets, viola da gamba and basso continuo. The Summer Festival of Early Music in Prague was founded in 2000. It is hosted by the leading Czech early music ensemble, Collegium Marianum led by the outstanding flautist, Jana Semerádova. Concerts performed during the festival are held in historic spaces of the city: castles, churches, gardens. The {oh!} Orkiestra will perform in one of such spaces: their rendition of Biber?s sonatas will fill the halls of the Church of St. Simon and Jude located in the very heart of Prague.

H.I.F. Biber (1644-1704)
?Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes?
C 114, Sonata I in C
C 115, Sonata II in D
C 116, Sonata III in G minor
C 117, Sonata IV in C
C 118, Sonata V in E minor
C 119, Sonata VI in F
C 120, Sonata VII in C
C 121, Sonata VIII in G
C 122, Sonata IX in B?
C 123, Sonata X in G minor
C 124, Sonata XI in A
C 125, Sonata XII in C

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna:
Martyna Pastuszka (concertmaster) - violin
Adam Pastuszka ? violin
Marian Magiera, Paweł Gajewski ? trumpets
Dymitr Olszewski ? viola
Justyna Krusz, Krzysztof Firlus ? viola da gamba
Bartosz Kokosza ? violoncello
Anna Firlus ? organ, cembalo

27. 07. 2014

{oh!} and a Brazilian star at the 15th Gliwice Bach Festiwal
During the 15th edition of the Gliwice Bach Festival, the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna performed the works of G. Ph. Telemann, G. F. Haendel and J. S. Bach. The vocal parts were executed by the Brazilian singer, Marília Vargas, who is one of the most active sopranos of her generation. The artist collaborates regularly with the foremost European and South American orchestras, such as: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Capella Reial de Catalunya (with Jordi Savall), Le Parlement de Musique (with Martin Gester), Orquestra Sinfônica do Brazil and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de S?o Paulo. Having accepted {oh!}?s invitation, Marília Vargas gave her only Polish concert on the last Sunday of July in Gliwice. Instrumental solo parts were performed by the outstanding Silesian gambist, Krzysztof Firlus, who is also one of the founding members of Orkiestra Historyczna.

22. 06. 2014

New album recorded by {oh!} Concermaster Martyna Pastuszka, Marcin Świątkiewicz and Krzysztof Firlus
The album contains works connected with the court of Augustus II the Strong in Dresden. It was published by DUX records in cooperation with the city of Ruda Śląska and Institution of Culture Katowic-City of Gardens.

06. 05. 2014

24th Gaude Mater International Festival of Sacred Music
World premieres of works found in the library of the Jasna Góra

During the 24th Gaude Mater International Festival of Sacred Music, the Katowice-based ensemble performed world premieres of works discovered in the Jasna Góra Library archives after more than 300 years since their composition. The vocal-instrumental music of father Amando Ivanschiz, a 18th century monastic composer, was performed in the Jasna Góra Basilica. The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna, together with several outstanding singers, performed Oratorium Primum, Missa Soleminissima and the instrumental Sinfonia in G major. The vocal parts were performed by Marzena Michałowska (soprano), Piotr Olech (alto), Łukasz Nowak (tenor), Andrzej Zawisza (bass) oraz Anna Leśniewska (soprano), Helena Poczykowska (alto), Karol Bulanda (tenor) and Dawid Biwo (bass).

04. 05. 2014

{oh!} has recorded an album!
The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna has recorded the works of father Amando Ivanschiz during the Gaude Mater International Festival of Sacred Music. This unique composer is considered to be on of the most gifted and most creative monastic composers of his time and his oeuvre is an important discovery made by Polish musicologists. The {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna has contributed to the cultivation of outstanding accomplishments of Polish Baroque music accumulated in the archives of the Pauline monks of the Jasna Góra Monastery.

12. 04. 2014

{oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna at the 2014 Musica Pooetica Festival
The Musica Poetica Festival, organised in Tarnów by Mościce Art Centre, Tarnów City Council, Capella Craviensis and the Pro Musica Mundi Society, was held from 9th to 12th April. The programme consisted of four concerts performed in the Cathedral of Tarnów. Each year, one of the main events of the festival is a performance of one of J. S. Bach?s Passions. This year?s choice was St. John Passion. The masterpiece was performed by the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna together with the Capella Cracoviensis choir singers under the baton of Jan Tomasz Adamus.

10. 04. 2014

{oh!} and J.S. Bach?s Passion in St. Mary?s Church
A special concert of the {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna took place on Thursday, 10th April in St. Mary?s Church in Katowice. The ensemble together with soloists of Capella Crocoviensis from Cracow and the outstanding tenor Karol Kozłowski (nominated for ?Paszport Polityki?) in the role of the Evangelist performed the J.S. Bach?s famous St. John Passion. The performance was conducted by Jan Tomasz Adamus, a noted specialist in the field of early music interpretation.

31. 01. 2014


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