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The countdown has begun to the first performance of Marta Ptaszyńska’s ‘Piano Concerto’, to be given on 27 October in Kalisz. The Kalisz Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Natalia Ponomarchuk, with Clare Hammond as soloist.
On 3 December, the Apollon Musagète Quartett and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) under the baton of José Maria Florêncio will be giving the first Polish performance of John Adams’s ‘Absolute Jest’, at the NOSPR concert hall in Katowice.
On 7 November, Polish music lovers will have the chance to hear Vladimir Martynov’s ‘Come In!’ for violin and chamber orchestra, interpreted by Kaja Danczowska with the Chamber Orchestra of Krakow Academy of Music, conducted by Stanisław Krawczyński. The concert, part of the annual ‘John Paul II Days’ event, will be held in the Church of SS Peter and Paul in Krakow.
On 14 October, in the Nowy Dom Sztuki in Radziejowice, Wojciech Widłak’s new trio ‘Widnokręgi’ [Horizons] will be given its first performance, featuring Łukasz and Agata Długosz (fl) and Andrzej Jungiewicz (pf).
The coming days will bring a rare opportunity to hear both of Paweł Mykietyn’s flute concertos.
On 13 October, the Flute Concerto from 2013 will be performed in Szczecin. Łukasz Długosz will be accompanied by the local philharmonic orchestra under the baton of Perry So.
Two days later, on 15 October, the Double Concerto for two flutes (2016) will be heard in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw. The soloists will be Łukasz and Agata Długosz, and the Polish Radio Orchestra will be conducted by Michał Klauza.
On 13 October, the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera invites you to the season’s first operatic premiere: Ludomir Różycki’s ‘Eros i Psyche’ [Eros and Psyche], directed by Barbara Wysocka and conducted by the PNO’s new musical director, Grzegorz Nowak.
Not Venice, but the Newman Recital Hall in Los Angeles will be the venue, on 15 October, for the first performance of Marcel Chyrzyński’s latest composition ‘Death in Venice’, a chamber work scored for clarinet, cello and piano. It will be performed by Andrew Leonard (cl) and the Cracow Duo of Jan Kalinowski (vc) and Marek Szlezer (pf).
20 September at 60. International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn a new piece by Andrzej Kwieciński „super [P|PE(s)]” will have its premiere.
This year we celebrate ‘round’ birthday of Generation ’71 composers cooperating with PWM Edition. We are happy and proud to follow their paths.
We have already sent our greetings to Mikołaj Górecki, Maciej Zieliński, Paweł Mykietyn and Wojciech Widłak. Today it is time for loud HAPPY BIRTHDAY tune for Marcel Chyrzyński!
The winners of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition have been announced. The first prize goes to Maria Motolygina from Russia, while Alina Adamski won the PWM Edition Prize for the best performance of a Polish 20th/21st-century song.
On May 5th, the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth will be celebrated throughout Poland. PWM Edition has already begun its celebrations earlier, and announced Stanisław Moniuszko our May COMPOSER OF THE MONTH.
More than 20 new sheet music publications, books and CD albums; nearly 90 reissues; performance materials for orchestras and opera houses; more than a hundred digital publications available worldwide; 7,000 pages of free access digitalised materials; more than a thousand unique graphics and photos; nearly 30 events for adult and young audiences – all these are part of PWM Edition’s celebrations programme prepared for the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth.
We are very happy to inform that Tomasz Knittel’s film Mieczysław Karłowicz. Samotna wędrówka [Mieczysław Karłowicz. A Lone Journey], co-produced by PWM Edition and TVP (Polish state television broadcaster), won the Silver Pegasus during the gala of the 22nd Zakopane Festival of Films about Art held on 14th April.
PWM Edition is not just about sheet music and books. We are also involved in all kinds of educational activities, aiming to promote and support music education in both general and music schools. In this way we fulfil Plato’s postulate that “children ought to be taught music, physics and philosophy; but music in particular, because it contains models and all the skills that are crucial to learning”.
Since the first quarter of 2019 is already behind us, let us sum up PWM Edition’s educational enterprises in that period.
The world premiere of the most recent work by the highly regarded Polish composer Agata Zubel is to take place on 9th April 2019 at the Auditorium Marcel Landowski in Paris. The nine members of Ensemble 2e2m – one of France’s oldest and most renowned groups of this kind – will perform 3x3 for 9 instruments. The conductor is Pierre Roulllier.
The concert is part of the cycle “It Is a Woman’s World (Too)”.
“A three-day festival of new music; seven concerts, two installations, nearly fifteen hours of music – only the most recent works. Thirty composers, more than half of whom are associated with PWM Edition – all this has made me happy, and I am leaving Katowice one hundred per cent satisfied,” said Daniel Cichy PhD, Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition, summing up the 8th Festival of Premieres in Katowice, which came to its close last Sunday.
In our gallery of COMPOSERS OF THE MONTH, we present today the figure of Sławomir Kupczak, our April Composer of the Month.
On 1st April 2019 the post of editor-in-chief of “Ruch Muzyczny” will be taken over by Piotr Matwiejczuk, who replaces Tomasz Cyz, head of the editorial board since 2013.