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11 December is the date of 140. anniversary of Mieczysław Karłowicz birthday. LET’S PLAY KARŁOWICZ is a project initiated by PWM Edition that invites philharmonics and orchestras to play composer’s pieces around this date. As a result fourteen concerts with Karłowicz’s music will be performed only in December all around Poland. Thank you for such a great response to our project!
Jan Krenz. First association: master of the baton. Yes, a lion’s share of his professional work involved conducting. Whether this was a conscious choice or destiny - there is no need to investigate. The important thing is that Maestro’s name is inscribed with gold letters in the annuals of the history of Polish conducting.
Two July weekends: 8th-10th and 15th-17th will be filled with ten concerts within the Festival of Polish Music. Three of them will be devoted to the artistic work by Józef Michał Ksawery Poniatowski, which becomes a reference point for other concerts.
World premiere of Zygmunt Krauze’s "Poem of Apollinaire" will take place in Warsaw on 26th June. His work is dedicated to a speaking pianist and 12 instruments. The first performance shall be honoured by the Orkest de ereprijs conducted by Wim Boerman. The solo part will be played by the composer.
The Festival of Seven Trends will take place in Warsaw on 19th-25th June. This festival caps the celebration of the seventieth anniversary of the Association of Polish Composers.
Quo vadis, an oratorio by Feliks Nowowiejski, will be played in Konin (25th June), Poznań (29th June) and Berlin (30th June). The work will be performed by Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Robert Gierlach (baritone) and Wojtek Gierlach (bass) accompanied by the Choir of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic and the Orchestra of Poznań Philharmonic conducted by Łukasz Borowicz.
Concerto for trombone and orchestra by Kazimierz Serocki will be staged in Chiba (Japan) on 26th June. The solo part will be performed by Daisuke Ueno with the participation of New Philharmonic Orchestra of Chiba conducted by Kazufumi Yamashita.
The premiere of Symphony No. 4 by Paweł Łukaszewski will take place on 3rd June. The composer entitled it ‘Symphony on the Mercy of God’, referring to his earlier works within this genre that were dedicated to God’s Providence, Love and Angels.
On 21st May the National Forum of Music will hold the premiere of Double Battery. Agata Zubel tells about the concept of her work:
Birthday. World Premiere. Double Concerto fo Two Flutes and Symphony Orchestra. Gdańsk, Ołowianka Philharmonic Hall. 19.00. Welcome!
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.