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Roman Maciejewski's "Missa pro defunctis" in London
The British premiere of Roman Maciejewski's monumental Requiem will without doubt be the biggest event in the Polska!Year in Great Britain and the strongest Polish musical accent abroad in many years.
Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 2 March 2010 at 2 p.m.
The Requiem will be heard in Westminster Cathedral performed by the Choir and Orchestra of the BBC conducted by Michał Dworzyński. The solo parts will be sung by Iwona Hossa, Agnieszka Rehlis, Ales Briscein and Tomasz Konieczny. It is difficult to imagine a better birthday present for the celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday, if he were still alive.
Roman Maciejewski was born on the 28th of February, 1910 in Berlin, and died 30th April 1998 in Göteborg. He spent the majority of his life abroad – in France, Great Britain, Sweden and the USA. He left behind him pieces for piano, orchestra, chanber music, choral music and ballet and theatre music. The 130-minute Missa pro defunctis, which he took 15 years to write, is his Opus magnum. „Under the overwhelming impression of the immensity of human suffering and the oceans of bloodshed, at the end of World War II I decided compose a work that would be one of the many contributions to the preservation in human consciousness of the conviction of the tragic nonsense of war”, wrote the composer. „The Requiem is dedicated to the victims of human ignorance, in the first row, to the memory of those fallen in the wars of all time.”
After the American first performance in 1971 in Los Angeles given by the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Roger Wagner, the 'Los Angeles Times' wrote: "When the climatic Amen chorus finally subsided — and Wagner engulfed the frail composer in a bear hug, no one was sitting. [...] One has to admire the composer's courage and persistence in attacking so enormous a challenge. One would have to harbor a heart of ice not to notice his ethereal lyric flights, his splashily effective climaxes or his contrapuntal flair". Will the London public experience similar emotions on 4th February? To find out, we look forward to this event with anticipation.
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.
On 30 September, the call for applications for the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020 was closed. From almost 50 applications, the jury selected seven laureates and distinguished five compositions.
In the year of the exceptional jubilee, the composer's 90 birthday, a unique album is published in the ANAKLASIS catalogue, devoted to the chamber vocal and instrumental works of Twardowski. They are performed by the world-famous bass-baritone, Tomasz Konieczny, and an outstanding pianist, Lech Napierała.
The songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Romuald Twardowski are widely known and appreciated both by the public and the musical world. But what if we could get to know these pieces from the inside out? Two world-class musicians invite you to a unique master class experience – delivered straight to your doorstep! The acclaimed bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and the ingenious pianist Lech Napierała will be the guides to those who are curious about the most beautiful Polish songs. The online Song Master Class program is launching now.
PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association invite to take part in the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra - Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020. This is the first edition of the international competition for composers, the subject of which is to write a premiere composition for a concert wind orchestra.
The two discs featuring music by Stanisław Moniuszko have now been joined by another ANAKLASIS release devoted to this outstanding Polish composer. Following W-ŚPIEWNIK and 'The Raftsman', PWM proudly presents the three-disc BOX Moniuszko, comprising the most beautiful twentieth-century recordings: the most famous songs, well-known arias and ensembles, and overtures to Moniuszko operas, part of the HERITAGE series.