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The Magic and Majesty of Alexandre Desplat

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The Shape of Water | Grand Budapest Hotel | Harry Potter | The Ghost Writer | King’s Speech | Imitation Game

Special guest: Alexandre Desplat


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Suite
Pelléas et Mélisande, symphonieconcertante for flute and orchestra
Girl with a Pearl Earring Suite
Imitation Game Suite


The King’s Speech Suite
The Ghost Writer Suite
The Shape of Water Suite
The Ides of March Suite
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I and II Suite

Jean Ferrandis – flute
Sinfonietta Cracovia
Alexandre Desplat – conductor
Solrey – artistic director

Magdalena Wojewoda-Mleczko, Paweł Pawlik – hosts

FMF fans have been waiting for this concert for many years. Alexandre Desplat, winner of two Academy Awards and the second Kilar Prize, makes a welcome return to Kraków.

Desplat is one of the most versatile and in-demand composers of film music today, and, listening to his soundtracks, it’s easy to understand why. He has an incredible ability to create a unique atmosphere for every film he works on, and he has written for a huge range of genres. He is known for his expansive compositions for huge orchestras, yet the sounds he weaves are incredibly subtle and selective. As he says, he likes having a sense of power without necessarily resorting to it. “You sense the size of an orchestra even if you never hear all the instruments playing at once. It’s like having a fast car: you don’t actually drive it very fast, but you know you can. My music is always kept in check, restrained.”

This really captures the essence of Desplat’s music, and we will be able to hear it for ourselves during the concert The Magic and Majesty of Alexandre Desplat. The programme includes motifs and suites from some of his most popular soundtracks, including The Imitation Game, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter and his Oscar-winning Grand Budapest Hoteland The Shape of Water. The concert is performed by Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of the composer himself.


Concert under the honorary patronage of the Consul General of France in Krakow Frédéric de Touchet.

Running time: 2 H 10’ (incl. intermission)

Alexandre Desplat
Alexandre Desplat
Sinfonietta Cracovia
Sinfonietta Cracovia