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Gala Concert Called STRAŻNICY WOLNOŚCI
2011-12-20A year full of important anniversaries related to the great Polish patriot, statesman, politician and philanthropist, precursor and co-founder of Polish independence, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, is coming to an end. The Council for the Protection of Struggle and Martyrdom Sites (Rada Ochrony Pamięci Walk i Męczeństwa), the „AVE ARTE” Foundation and the Polish Cultural Foundation in London decided to celebrate this event with a theatrical-concert-media art event at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, a symbolic place where historical acts of our statehood were proclaimed. Also coming to an end is our presidency of the structures of the European Union, an outcome of the process of regaining independence for which Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Józef Piłsudski, Roman Dmowski fought. Our independence was preserved by the Presidents of the Second Republic, and after the tragic war years nurtured by the presidents in exile of Sovereign Poland, from Władysław Raczkiewicz to Ryszard Kaczorowski.
The concert, called „Strażnicy wolności. Od Prezydenta Ministrów Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego do Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Ryszarda Kaczorowskiego” ("Guardians of liberty. From the President of the Ministers of Ignacy Jan Paderewski to the President of the Republic Ryszard Kaczorowski") will be held on 21 December at 17.00.
The President of the Republic, Bronisław Komorowski, is giving his Honorary Patronage to the event. Patronage of the concert is also being giving by President of the European Parliament, Professor Jerzy Buzek.
We are convinced that the international, US-Polish team of performers will provide the highest level of artistry to worthily celebrate the great Poles and adequately honour the dignity of the patrons of the highest offices of Poland and the European Union.
The sponsors of the Gala Concert are the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, the ZAiKS Fund for the Promotion of Creativity and the Marshal's Office of the Masovian Voivodeship. Patronage of the event included the Józef Piłsudski Museum in Sulejówek, while media patronage was given by Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, TVP Kultura, London’s „Dziennik Polski” and the bi-weekly Gala.
Izabella Miko (PL/USA) actress
Master of Ceremonies Olgierd Łukaszewicz (PL) actor
Ian Hobson (USA) piano
Wojciech Kocyan (USA) piano
Paweł Krupski (PL) violin
Krzysztof Stanienda piano
Academic Choir of the Warsaw Polytechnic directed by Dariusz Zimnicki
- Artistic part
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.