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Profiles of the winners of the 13th Tadeusz Ochlewski Composers' Competition
Profiles of the winners of the 13th Tadeusz Ochlewski Composers' Competition

In October, we could learn the names of the winners of the 13th Tadeusz Ochlewski Composers' Competition, organised by PWM Edition. Krzysztof Ratajski was awarded the 1st prize for his piece “Rebounds" for five-part children's choir to the original phonetic text. Szymon Godziemba-Trytek received an honorary mention for “A Wonderer’s Song" for three-part children's choir.

After the Premiere of “Olimpia of Gdańsk
After the Premiere of “Olimpia of Gdańsk" by Zygmunt Krauze

Zygmunt Krauze's “Olimpia of Gdańsk” opera, telling the story about Stanisława Przybyszewska, a pre-war writer fascinated by the French Revolution, had its premiere on 20 November.

Polish Music at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015
Polish Music at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2015

The Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is held from 20 till 29 of November 2015. This year, the Festival gives particular focus to Polish music. The programme encompasses the pieces by e.g. Agata Zubel and Tomasz Sikorski.

Olimpia z Gdańska, a New Opera by Zygmunt Krauze
Olimpia z Gdańska, a New Opera by Zygmunt Krauze

On 20 November, the Baltic Opera will present Zygmunt Krauze's "Olimpia z Gdańska" (Olympe from Gdańsk) opera for the first time. After the success of his last opera ("Pułapka" [The Trap], 2011), the composer reached for the fascinating biography of Stanisława Przybyszewska and told the story about seeking freedom with his music.

Witold Lutosławski's
Witold Lutosławski's "Concerto for Orchestra" in Slovenia

On 26 and 27 November, two concerts with "Concerto for Orchestra" by Witold Lutosławski are planned in the Cankarjev dom centre for culture in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The piece will be performed by the musicians of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Uroš Lajovic.

3rd Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Days in Katowice
3rd Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Days in Katowice

The November music meetings, organised under the patronage of a Silesian composer, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, will be held for the third time in Katowice. This year, one of the concerts will present e.g. the works by Mikołaj Górecki: the latest orchestra hit "Concerto-Notturno" for violin and string orchestra and "Trio Concerto" for clarinet, horn, piano and string orchestra.

Cracovia Cantans 2016
Cracovia Cantans 2016

PWM Edition will be a partner of the 7th International Krakow Choir Festival “Cracovia Cantans” (9th to 12th June 2016) and will fund a special prize (500 euro) for the best interpretation and performance of a Polish composer’s choral piece from the PWM Edition catalogue by a foreign choir.

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PWM Edition is searching for foreign contractors

PWM EDITION – the Polish music publisher (including the famous ’Complete Works of Frederic Chopin’ series) is searching for foreign contractors within the territory of the European Union as well as Great Britain and Switzerland, who would distribute PWM’s publications within those territories and provide them to clients from the b2b and b2c sector.

PWM Edition’s 75th anniversary album GREAT ENCOUNTERS

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.

What Do We See When We Are Listening? ACOUSMATIC MUSIC from ANAKLASIS

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.

“All is darkness, all is quiet. What will happen here tonight?” FOREFATHERS’ EVE comes out on a gramophone record on 17th March

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.

Polish Music Library: PWM Edition sums up the project with an attractive animation

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.

POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC – a new album in the SOUNDS series

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.

Tangos from the library of oblivion – a new disc in the series REVISIONS from ANAKLASIS

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.

A year in Polish music in sixteen albums – ANAKLASIS celebrates its first birthday

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. 

‘Music from Chopin’s Land’ – an international project of PWM Edition

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.

The premiere of Aleksander Nowak’s opera 'Drach' named Event of the Year! The laureates of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music awards 2020 have been announced

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’.