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A Week of Polish Contemporary Music on the Q2 Antenna
2012-01-17A block of programmes dedicated to Polish contemporary music, entitled MUZYKA NOWA: A Celebration of Contemporary Polish Music is being broadcast from yesterday until January 22 by internet radio broadcaster Q2, a department of New York broadcaster WQXR. In the block, we can find works of the masters of the twentieth century - Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki - and the works of Polish composers of the younger generation, such as Andrzej Krzanowski, Krzysztof Wołek and Aleksander Nowak.
The MUZYKA NOWA festival program will consist of blocks of contemporary Polish music, combined in two 24-hour marathons, which will consist of live recordings from the "Warsaw Autumn" festival, interviews with composers and a repeat of the broadcast the concert In Memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, recorded live in the club (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York's Greenwich Village. The remainder of the block will be filled with music from a playlist prepared by the hosts of the Q2 radio programmes.
The most important events of the festival:
• Retransmission of the concert In Memoriam Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, recorded live at a packed auditorium in the music club (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York's Greenwich Village co-organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York City
• A two-day marathon of contemporary Polish music, broadcast non-stop around the clock
• Jakub Ciupinski, a New York composer of Polish origin will present his choice of contemporary Polish music
• Interview with Mikołaj Górecki, son of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki
• A selection of the most interesting recordings from the festival „Warsaw Autumn” and UNSOUND
A full description of the programme is available at http://www.wqxr.org/poland
The MUZYKA NOWA festival is presented by the Q2 Music broadcaster in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
When cinema’s great visionary Francis Ford Coppola is calling – the director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now – who would hang up on him? Wojciech Kilar took up the offer of cooperation, which resulted in his soundtrack (now of cult status) for the tale of the Transylvanian monster whose love was a bit too strong. Years later, this pathetic-lyrical cantata for mixed choir and symphony orchestra has been turned inside out by pianist Piotr Orzechowski and saxophonist Kuba Więcek. The album THEMES OF DRACULA, comprising deconstructed themes from Dracula, will go into distribution as of 19th August, as part of the catalogue of PWM Edition’s label ANAKLASIS.
“I’ve focused on chamber music in order to bring out as much colour in the violin itself and its changing sound as possible,” says virtuoso Adam Bałdych about his vision of Wieniawski’s music. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called Bałdych “technically the most accomplished violinist of our time”. Technical proficiency and thorough education (which includes an honours degree from Katowice’s Academy of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music) do not stop Bałdych from taking an unorthodox approach to the time-honoured music of old masters.
We would like to inform you that we have prepared new retail prices for National Edition of Chopin works. New prices will be valid from 20/06/2022. Our decision is caused generally by increased production costs.
‘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.