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World Premieres at Warsaw Autumn
2010-09-16During this year's Warsaw Autumn festival we shall hear the premieres of two pieces by composers associated with PWM: Listy (Letters)by Zygmunt Krauze and Agata Zubel’s III Symphony. “The contents of these letters will remain my secret. They are written to friends - composers, musicians (...). Many of them have passed away. The composer has the ability to speak through his music (...) in a completely open, honest manner, without the need for control and self-censorship, because, at that, the semantic content is hidden in the notes. This is how it is with my Letters. The listener can only guess, can imagine what is in them, what their content is. And so may it be,” Krauze writes in his commentary to the piece. Concerning the unusual cast he says: “The ensemble of four pianos is a type of orchestra, which in this case is treated homogeneously, frequently heterophonically. On the other hand, the symphony orchestra has two tasks: commentary on the solo piano parts and interaction with them. The pianos, however, always have a leading role.” The premiere will take place on September 17.
An unusual instrumental lineup also characterises Agata Zubel’s latest symphony. The role of the solo instrument is in fact a double trumpet (Doppeltrompette) - an instrument with two bells. Its designer, Marco Blaauw, says, “I experimented frequently and willingly with the trumpet. While still a student, I tried to find the limits of the instrument, we manipulated the sound, we found new colours. And at some point, I thought that I would like all these sound effects to attainable quickly, to play as muted trumpet and then, in a moment, open. The solution would be two bells and a special valve, which would guide the air flow to one or the other. We worked on the instrument one and a half years” he says.
Marco Blaauw will perform the solo part during the world premiere of the Symphony on September 21.
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.
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.