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Capella Cracoviensis


Capella Cracoviensis

Semper in altum. Capella Cracoviensis has been guided by this motto for a few years now, which makes it the most dynamically developing Polish ensemble specialising in historical performance practice. Owing to the consistent support provided by the City of Cracow, Capella Cracoviensis may carry out uncompromising ambitious projects at the highest artistic level in collaboration with distinguished musicians of similar sensitivity and comparable courage. The list of regulars featured in concerts with CC includes Vincent Dumestre (Le Poème Harmonique), Fabio Bonizzoni (La Risonanza), Alessandro Moccia (Orchestre des Champs-Élysées), Andrew Parrott, Paul Goodwin and Ensemble Oltremontano while Accademia Bizantina, Fretwork, Nachtmusique, Paul McCreesh, Giuliano Carmignola and Christophe Rousset (Les Talens Lyriques) come to Cracow to perform as guests. As well as performing concerts, CC explores the territories of baroque and classical opera, successfully staging some of these works in Poland, such as Handel’s Amadigi, Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
The Capella Cracoviensis Choir is a vocal ensemble whose technical mastery as well as flexibility enable it to diversify its repertoire, which ranges from Gesualdo’s arduous mannerist madrigals to the avant-garde compositions of the 20th century. The choir of Capella Cracoviensis has accompanied such eminent guests of Misteria Paschalia and Opera Rara festivals as Fabio Biondi with his ensemble Europa Galante, Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble, Le Poème Harmonique and ensemble La Venexiana under Claudo Cavina.
CC is often present at European festivals, including Haydn Festspiele Brühl, Bachfest Leipzig, SWR Festspiele, and in 2014 the ensemble from Cracow will perform at Händel Festspiele Halle. It gives regular concerts abroad: in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, in Versailles, Brussels, Ghent, Lviv and Kiev.  
Jan Tomasz Adamus, a renowned organist, harpsichordist, conductor and animator of musical life, became head and artistic director of Capella Cracoviensis in 2008. He has honed his skills as an artist collaborating with many outstanding singers while drawing on the achievements of Europe’s most important centres of art as the permanent counterpoint of all developments in music can be found in  painting, sculpture, architecture and philosophy. The invitation given by the City of Cracow to Jan Tomasz Adamus to become the general and artistic director of Capella Cracoviensis has been one of the most widely discussed transfers in the world of Polish culture of the recent years.


Jan Tomasz Adamus


Adamus the Reviver. This visionary, reformer and conductor studied at Krakow’s Aca

Jan Tomasz Adamus

demy of Music and at the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. He is a renowned organist and founder of Harmonologia, an ensemble with which he presented numerous performances of important works, the first of the kind in Poland (the St Matthew Passion, the Coronation Mass and such operas as La Griselda by Vivaldi, Rodelinda by Handel and Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart).


His achievements also include those related to musicology and academia as Adamus is an author of disertations on the subject of period performance techniques and a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wrocław and Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz. 


He was associated with the Forum Musicum Festival and Wratislavia Cantas. Since 2000 he has been creating the programme for the International Bach Festival in Świdnica featuring eminent artists performing early music and presenting young Polish historical instrument performers. 


In 2008 he became head and artistic director of Capella Cracoviensis, a chamber choir and orchestra, which, under his guidance, has evolved into an outstanding and dynamically developing ensemble specialising in historically informed performance practise. In collaboration with CC, he has launched numerous new projects and concert series presenting works from various periods, ranging from Mannerism to Late Classicism, with particular focus on Polish Baroque music (Mielczewski, Pękiel and Gorczycki in collaboration with the best  international brass bands). He is also responsible for many daring and innovative opera projects.




Jan ENGEL (? - 1788 )  Sinfonia in G (Allegro assai - Andante - Presto)
Grzegorz Gerwazy GORCZYCKI  (1665/1668 - 1734)  Sub tuum praesidium
Joseph HAYDN ( 1732 - 1809)  Missa Sancti Nicolai KYRIE GLORIA
Grzegorz Gerwazy GORCZYCKI  Ave maris stella
Joseph HAYDN  Missa Sancti Nicolai CREDO
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 - 1791)  Motet Exsultate jubilate
Joseph  HAYDN   Missa Sancti Nicolai SANCTUS BENEDICTUS
Grzegorz Gerwazy GORCZYCKI   Tota pulchra es Maria

Joseph HAYDN   Missa Sancti Nicolai AGNUS DEI

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