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Endrik Üksvärav
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  • Arvo Pärt / Adam’s Lament

    part I performed by:



    Arvo Pärt An den Wassern zu Babel sßaen wir und weinten
    Arvo Pärt Alleluia-Tropus
    Arvo Pärt Summa
    Arvo Pärt Zwei slawiche Psalmen
    Arvo Pärt Most Holy Mother of God
    Arvo Pärt Da pacem Domine

    part II performed by:



    Arvo Pärt Salve Regina
    Arvo Pärt Adam’s Lament

    Nostalgia Festival will be concluded with a performance in which the Estonian Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir directed by Endrik Üksvärava and Poznań’s l’Autunno Chamber Orchestra will join forces under the baton of Adam Banaszak. The first part of the concert will feature Arvo Pärt’s compositions performed by an a capella choir to the occasional accompaniment of organs. The choir program offers an overview of the composer’s body of work, starting with An den Wassern zu Babel saßen wir und weinten and Summy, written in 1970s, through to pieces written in the last ten years such as Da pacem Domine or Alleluia-Tropus. These compositions are unified by religious themes – their texts are derived from old and contemporary liturgy, as well as from the Book of Psalms. It is interesting that Arvo Pärt employs texts in various languages  - Old Church Slavonic, Latin, as well as English. Listening to the first part of the concert will allow the listener to recognise the consistency with which the Estonian composer uses the musical media he developed. Pärt’s choral works are almost always characterised by reserve bordering on asceticism, which does not mean a lack of strong emotional charge in the music.

    The second part of the concert will feature two compositions for the choir and orchestra. It will be commenced by a performance of Salve Regina from 2002. This Marian antiphon sung in Latin in Pärt’s rendition bears the traits of a lament. The composer creates a slow narration leading to culmination, in which the music suddenly stops only to come back to the previous, clam flow, as if it retreated back to meditation after a moment of emotion (or maybe despair?), as if it placed all hope with the Mother of God.

    The festival will be concluded with the Polish premiere of Adam’s Lament – a composition inspired by a text of Saint Sylvan, who was canonised in 1987. Originally from Russia, the monk spent most of his life at a monastic community on a Greek Island of Athos. It is where he wrote Adam’s Lament, where the first man bemoans the loss of paradise, which is a metaphor for the human condition. Sylvan’s text, translated from Old Church Slavonic into Russian, is sung by a choir in a syllabic manner, which means that no ornamentation is added. It also makes it more understandable and brings it stylistically closer to Orthodox worship singing. Pärt’s music differs from Orthodox Church singing in its treatment of choral parts – depending on the desired effect the Estonian composer writes unisono parts or creates harmonies, which are characteristic of his style. The singers are accompanied by a string orchestra, which seems to be supplementing what lies beyond the words of the text. Pärt does not shy away from moments of a capella singing, or solo or tutti string fragments. Some of these fragments are divided by pauses of varying length, which play a special role in the Estonian composer’s music. The American director Robert Wilson who collaborated with Pärt in the Adam’s Passion project, said that Pärt’s silences and pauses – similarly as in dramatic theatre – take on a particular force of expression. 


    Conductor and tenor. A graduate of an Estonian Academy of Music, where he studied conduction and playing the trumpet and the French horn. In 2004 he joined Vox Clamantis, a group performing early music, and in 2010 he opened his own choir, Collegium Musicale, which quickly gained popularity in Estonia and all over the world.

    As a tenor he performed many roles from Bach, as well as contemporary music projects , he played the eponymous character in the opera Bernhard Schmidt by Dominy Clements; he was also involved in the premiere of Roxanna Panufnik’s Generation of Love. In 2015 he also performed the solo part in  Arvo Pärt’s Miserere, which constituted a part of Robert Wilson’s Adams Passion.


    The choir has been founded in 2010 by the conductor Endrik Üksvärava. The group aims to present classical music on a world-class level. The choir performs Renaissance and contemporary compositions, in particular by Estonian composers such as Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Helena Tulve or Veljo Tormis. Collegium Musicale collaborates with renowned conductors such as Tõnu Kaljuste or Andres Mustonen. In 2015 the Collegium Musicale Choir went on a tournée of Japan, accompanied by composers Arvo Pärt and Erkk-Sven Tüür, whose compositions they perform. The choir has been awarded the Estonian Choir of the Year award twice, in 2011 and 2014.


    Graduate of the Academy of Music in Poznań (prof. Sławomir Kamiński) and Music University in Warsaw (prof. Magdalena Czajka). He participated in the Socrates/Erasmus program and studied at Musikhochschule Lübeck in Germany (prof. Arvid Gast). He received prizes at many organ playing contests, including the M. K. Čiurlionis International Organ Contest in Vilnus (3rd place, 2011), National Performers Contest of Organ Compositions of Dietrich Buxtehude in Cracow (1st prize, 2008), Polish Organ Music Competition in Legnica (1st prize, 2006). He plays concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician in Poland , Germany, the Nethrlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and Israel.


    Conductor, graduate of Poznań Academy of Music of Marcin Sompoliński’s symphony and opera conducting class. He has been directing l’Autunno Chamber Orchestra since 2006, while in the years 2013–2015 he was the musical director of the Musical Theatre in Poznań. He is particularly interested in the opera, which lead to his musical involvement in Madam Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute, La Traviata, Die Fledermaus, Orpheus in hell or The Csárdás Princess. His last project was the musical direction of the premiere of Paweł Mykietyn’s The Magic Mountain, which took place on Malta Festival Poznań 2015.


    An orchestra-laboratory, which has been collaborating with Nostalgia Festival Poznań since 2013 (performance of compositions by Luigi Nono, Tigran Mansurian and Elliot Carter). As an orchestra transgressing the realm of traditional classical music, the L’Autunno played concerts with artists such as: Archive, Electric Light Orchestra, Kwartet Jorgi, Mietek Szcześniak, Adam Sztaba, Serj Tankian, Motion Trio, Wacław Zimpel. The orchestra has been conducting an interdisciplinary dialogue with theatre and film throughout its career. It has presented the play The Wondering Orchestra for which it received first prizes in the New Situations MFP contest and the Creative Valley contest organised by TVP.

  • part I performed by:

    JAKUB PANKOWIAK – organs

    part II performed by: