Start Date: 2018-03-26
End Date: 2018-04-02
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Misteria Paschalia, which translates as ‘Easter Mysteries,’ has become one of Europe’s leading festivals of ‘early music.’ Early music doesn’t mean what comes out of your radio before noon, it refers, broadly, to the performance of music composed before Beethoven.
You may think the world is familiar enough with the works of composers such as Bach, Handel and Mozart, but the point of the early music movement is to perform these, and less well-known works, using instruments and methods that are much closer to those that these great names would have known in their lifetimes. The results can be startlingly unusual performances of works you thought you knew inside out.
Misteria Paschalia, as the name suggests, always takes place around Easter and has been on Krakow’s cultural map since 2004. The festival, organised by the Krakow Festival Office, has become bigger and better each year and now attracts music lovers of all kinds from around the globe.
It’s not just the audience that come from far and wide. The festival has consistently attracted the biggest names in the interpretation and performance of historical music, including Concerto Italiano, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble and Il Giardino Armonico.
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