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On the 31st of October in Kraków the Orchestra and Choir of the Kraków Philharmonic, directed by Michał Dworzyński and conducted by Teresa Majka-Pacanek, with the following soloists: Maria Boberska (soprano), and Jarosław Bręk (bass) premièred a symphony version of Requiem – an opus whose version for chamber orchestra was enthusiastically received by the audience during its first performance in Presteigne in August of this year.
Requiem was also presented by Hertford College Choir&Orchestra directed by Nick Graham. The composition took place in Hertford College Chapel Sunday the 9th of November 2014, 5,45 PM
Between the 17th and the 31st of October 2014 works by Wojciech Kilar (Orawa), Karol Szymanowski (String Quartet No. 2 Op. 56), Fryderyk Chopin and Mieczysław Karłowicz (Serenade for string orchestra) will be performed in small towns of Catalonia with their great concert halls and experienced audience.
In November we could hear music of Polish composers in the United States.
PWM Edition has just finished its works on the source edition of Karol Szymanowski’s compositions. We found him written - we leave him printed – said with emotion Teresa Chylińska- a scientific editor of book series and one of the most prominent experts of life and works of Karol from Atma.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
The string orchestra is an exceptional instrument among the rich collection of musical tools. Its seemingly homogenous sound, seemingly (again!) limited availability of tone colour variation, seemingly (once again!) lesser means of expression than those available in a symphony orchestra can be both a curse and a challenge for composers and performers alike. For an inept artist it will definitely be the former. A real master, however, will be able to release an incredible palette of sonoristic value, a wide range of melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, dynamic and technical means and a countless amount of expressive nuance from this stringed sound organism. The string orchestra has yet another advantage – it is, in a sense, a pragmatical instrument: mobile, widely available, easily supported in the economical sense. Perhaps this is why string ensembles are becoming more and more popular.
Ladies and Gentlemen!
Putting together an artistically interesting concert programme is a big challenge. It requires not only an excellent knowledge of musical literature but most of all, a talent for showing the unobvious connections between the works presented and their creators as well as the ability to create a remarkable sound narration. However, besides the musical valour, what is often, most important for programme directors is the actual duration time of the composition. Short works are particularly sought after – concise in form, serving as an attractive opening or finale of a concert – works which correspond with those that are longer musical statements and are able to complement them or stand in opposition.
The first performance Hommage à Oscar Dawicki for Paul Mykietyn’s symphony orchestra took place in Paris the 10th of October 2014. The work was commissioned by Radio France and performed by the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Darrella Anga.
A new album of Paweł Mykietyn’s piano music entitled "My Piano" is now released.
In October as many as three compositions by Paweł Łukaszewski will be performed for the first time: Laudate Dominum was first performed (October 11, Wroclaw) and Litany de Sanctis Martyribus (October 11, Slubice). Requiem in a version for chamber orchestra will be held on the 31th of October 2014 in Krakow.
On the 11th of October in Silesia two premières of Mikołaj Górecki's works took place: in Tychy
Arioso and furioso - concerto for guitar, string orchestra and percussion and in Bielsko-Biała Glory for mixed choir and string orchestra.
GREAT ENCOUNTERS are performers’ meetings with excellent music, but also the encounters of great personalities from the past with composers who enjoy successes in our own times. Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski did for Polish music what the three great Romantic bards and the giants of positivistic novel achieved in the field of literature. Their music not only impresses audiences with its beautiful form and emotional charge, but also provides modern-day artists with an inexhaustible source of inspiration. That music preserves for us the idiom of Polishness, to which, willy-nilly, by way of homage or rebellion, successful generations of artists and music lovers continue to return as to a point of reference. On GREAT ENCOUNTERS, this is done by the most outstanding representatives of Polish jazz and popular music.
Music is normally supposed to be listened to. Still, it also flows through our other senses. Is it, however, connected with them in a necessary and inseparable manner? After all, we can close our eyes, open up our imagination, and let unexpected experiences flow through our minds. On its brand-new 2CD release from the PORTRAITS series, the ANAKLASIS label invites you to play with your experiences and expectations. The album ACOUSMATIC MUSIC presents the philosophy of music as interpreted by one of the most intriguing contemporary composers – Marcin Stańczyk.
FOREFATHERS’ EVE by High Definition Quartet, a mesmerising fusion of jazz, ambient, and electronics, will also be available on a gramophone record as of 17th March. The album features a galaxy of experimental music stars and will be released in the REVISIONS series under the ANAKLASIS label, as the second vinyl in that label’s catalogue. Apart from the Quartet, this release brings together such world-famous giants of ambient as William Basinski, Krzysztof Knittel, Robert Rich, Christian Fennesz, and Igor Boxx of Skalpel Duo.
The Polish Music Library is the youngest member of the top flight of Polish libraries, exceptional in terms of its collection and unrivalled for accessibility. It is maintained by PWM Edition, the biggest Polish publisher of sheet music and books about music, which thanks to its international prestige effectively promotes the output of Polish composers around the world. PWM sums up this project, which has been realised since 2017, with an attractive animation presenting the process through which its resources have been digitised.
Does music call for gender equality? It can surely defend itself. Nonetheless, the artistic advantages of excellent present-day women-composers and their eminent predecessors are worthy of being noticed and highlighted. Women have their separate and distinctive voice in Polish music. In recognition of the need to acknowledge that voice, on 29th January ANAKLASIS will release the CD POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC, comprising orchestral works by Elżbieta Sikora, Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Agata Zubel.
A panorama of compositional output combining Polish and Yiddish inter-war hits with sorrowful, despairing tangos from the Ghetto. The disc Bajgelman. Get to Tango represents a twenty-first-century take on the output of the outstanding musician Dawid Bajgelman, from Łódź. These arrangements and reworkings of selected works by one of the greatest composers of Jewish theatre music were produced by the outstanding musician and composer Jarosław Bester. The album comes out on 11 December.
The ANAKLASIS record label, created by PWM just one year ago (on 22 November 2019), already boasts sixteen albums, and it shows no signs of slowing down, with further releases announced.
PWM Edition has launched a campaign and an international educational project, which brings the works by Polish composers closer to the audiences worldwide. ‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ encompasses more than just pieces by Chopin – it also means Paderewski, Szymanowska, Moniuszko, Kilar, Kurpiński and many other composers.
On 7 November 2020, during a gala broadcast on TVP Kultura, the laureates of the 10th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards were announced. The award for Event of the Year went to the premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera Drach. Dramma per musica, given at the AUKSODRONE festival. Aleksander Nowak’s work, to a libretto by Szczepan Twardoch based on his heralded novel, was rewarded for ‘emphasising local dimensions in universal processes, for the strength of its musical and cultural message’.
Paderewski was a great composer. Herdzin is a great improviser. The fusion of the worlds of these two musical giants has given rise to a new phenomenon, which we share with you today. On the 160th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, it is time to prick up our ears to the most beautiful impressions on his music.