A free App devoted to Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) ─ widely considered to be the most important Polish composer since Chopin and described by Sir Simon Rattle as ‘one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century’ ─ is to be launched by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland on 10 August.
Seventy-five years since the death of Szymanowski, the launch of these ambitious and fully interactive resources – which feature excerpts of all of Szymanowski’s works, interactive maps and timelines, information about his life and music, and a rich array of film, photographs and audio – coincides with the four-concert celebration of Szymanowski’s at the Edinburgh International Festival by the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev (16-19 August).
In the elegantly layered and comprehensive App, content is linked with easy-to-use click-through options, enabling anyone with an interest in learning more about Szymanowski to hear excerpts of every single one of his works. On both the App and the website, it is possible to look at scores and use a fully interactive map of Szymanowski’s travels across Europe, America and Africa. Users of both resources can also explore a timeline of his life, read about him and his work and see a full calendar of Szymanowski-related events. The App and the website will be available in seven languages, reflecting the growing global interest in Szymanowski around the world.
The Szymanowski App will be available FREE from the App Store from 10 August.
The London Symphony Orchestra concerts include all four of Szymanowski’s symphonies and both violin concertos, played by Nicola Benedetti and Leonidas Kavakos, set alongside the music of Brahms. The concerts are supported by a series of pre-concert talks, seminars and a screening of the BBC documentary film Song of the Night.
The LSO and Gergiev’s Brahms/Szymanowski series opens at the Edinburgh International Festival and forms the backbone of the Orchestra’s 2012/13 season at London’s Barbican Centre. The series tours to New York, Paris, Luxembourg and Frankfurt and will also be recorded for future release on LSO Live.