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12 November - First Anniversary of the Death of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
2011-11-10The first anniversary of the death of one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki falls on Saturday, November 12. Numerous concerts and festivals organized by Polish associations, orchestras and concert halls as well as interviews and broadcasts of concerts on TVP Kultura are only part of the anniversary celebrations in memory of the Artist. One of the most important events connected with the anniversary of the composer's death will be the ceremony during which the the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice formally takes his name, to be held on November 14 in Katowice. More information about this event can be read at this link.
The coming days will also be an opportunity for Polish orchestras and concert halls to remind us of his outstanding achievements, including the "Third Symphony", "Ad Matrem" and "Old Polish Music." 14 November, as part of the Silesian Composers' Tribune, the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej under Szymon Bywalec’s baton will perform three of the composer’s pieces.
On TVP Kultura, the month of November has been declared Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Month - 12.11 you can watch a documentary film about the artist called "Self-Portrait" and listen and watch performances of the pieces: Harpsichord Concerto and Beatus vir.
Also, on November 12 in the Krystyna Bochenek Cultural Centre in Katowice, a concert will be held in memory of H.M. Górecki. Details of the concert are available here. During the concert our exhibition HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI ARTYSTA – CZŁOWIEK SZCZĘŚLIWY will be presented.
In addition, Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, with whom the composer was linked through professional and cordial ties of friendship, has prepared a special edition of the PWM Encyclopedia of Music, entirely dedicated to the life and works of Górecki.
‘Easy as it is to appreciate contemporary works after they have become classics – why wait so long? The ANAKLASIS label has asked this question for two years now, encouraging audiences to explore Polish contemporary music of the highest calibre.
The tandem of opera authors, Aleksander Nowak and Szczepan Twardoch, have already won the audience’s hearts and received numerous accolades, as well as releases on CDs and LPs. Drach. Dramma per musica inaugurated the OPERA series from ANAKLASIS. In the same series, we now present their second joint project, Siren. Melodrama aeterna, on a compact disc. It will be premiered on 5th November during the AUKSODRONE festival in Tychy.
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.
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.