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28th Festival of Polish Contemporary Music - Musica Polonica Nova
2012-04-18Already this coming Friday the Musica Polonica Nova Festival begins. It is one of the most important events in the country presenting contemporary music. As every year, you will hear classics of the twentieth century and recent compositions written especially for this festival. Outstanding Polish and international interpreters of new music are among the performers
The programme includes many names of composers from PWM’s catalogue, such as Witold Lutosławski, Paweł Mykietyn, Andrzej Krzanowski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Elżbieta Sikora, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych, Zbigniew Bargielski.
We encourage you to explore the details of the programme:
28th Festival of Polish Contemporary Music - Musica Polonica Nova, Wrocław, 20–28.04.2012
20.04.2012, Friday, 7pm Philharmonic Concert Hall, ul. Piłsudskiego 19
Symphony of Hummingbirds, arche kontra dynamis
Symphony Orchestra of the Wrocław Philharmonic, Jacek Kaspszyk – conductor
Mateusz Ryczek (1986) Infrasymfonia (2010) **
Krzysztof Penderecki (1933) Symphony I (1973)
Sławomir Kupczak (1979) Hummingbirds for symphony orchestra (2012)**
Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994) Symphony III (1983)
9.00 pm, Pasaż Pokoyhof, ul. św. Antoniego 2/4
Psychedelia in Laterna Magica
Ryszard Latecki – trumpet, harmonium, pseudo-instruments
Bart Pałyga – electric cello, backwards instrument, fifes, vocal
Tadeusz Wielecki – double bass
21.04.2012, Saturday 6pm Pasaż Pokoyhof, ul. św. Antoniego 2/4
Accordion Bellows in an Ecstasy of World Premieres
Maciej Frąckiewicz – accordion, Rafał Łuc – accordion
Jagoda Szmytka (1982) – Open the box! for accordion and shadow theatre (2011)**
Adam Porębski (1990) – Cut Story (2012)**
Dariusz Przybylski (1984) – Sonata da chiesa (2012)**
Andrzej Krzanowski (1951-1990) – Sonata No. 2 (1987) **
Rafał Zalech (1988)– Prelude and Fugue for solo accordion (2012)**
Rafał Janiak (1986) – Sonata awekening – movement - cogitation (2012)**
Cezary Duchnowski (1971) – acc++ca for accordion and computer (2012) **
20:00 Live: the clonious & cid rim
Cid Rim Live-Set (affine records, Vienna), The Clonious Live-Set (affine records, Vienna)
6.00 pm, Philharmonic Concert Hall, ul. Piłsudskiego 19
Extreme Power of ‘Poor’ Music
Iwona Kania – soprano, Aukso Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, Marek Moś – conductor
Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933–2010) – Little Music Cycle (1967–1970)
Little Music II for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 2 pianos and percussion
Little Music III for 3 violas
Little Music IV - Trombone Concerto Op. 28 for trombone, clarinet, cello and piano
Genesis Cycle (1962–1963)
Genesis I Elementi per archi Op. 19 no.1 for violin, viola and cello
Genesis II Canti instrumentali Op. 19 no.2 for 15 performers
Genesis III Monodramma Op. 19 no.3 for soprano, metal percussion instruments and 6 double basses
23.04.2012, Monday 8pm Pasaż Pokoyhof, ul. św. Antoniego 2/4
Holland’s Poles and Their Energetic Gravities
Hanna Kulenty (1961) – String Quartet No. 3 Tell Me About It (2007) String Quartet No. 4 A Cradle Song (2007)
Andrzej Kwieciński (1984) – Umbrae for string quintet (2004) Mural for string quintet (2010)
24.04.2012, Tuesday 7pm Church of the Holy Cross, pl. Kościelny
Impossible Dances for Organ and Other Instruments
Piotr Rojek – organ, positive organ, Roman Perucki – organ, Dariusz Bąkowski-Kois – positive organ, Michał Moc – accordion, Alina Mleczko – saxophone, Jacek Wota – percussion
Krystian Kiełb (1971 )– Structures III BACH for organ (2004)
Piotr Drożdżewski (1948) – En blanc for solo organ (2012)**
Stanisław Krupowicz (1952) – Stochos for organ (1977)
Michał Moc (1977) – Call for details for organ and accordion (2012)**
Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil (1947) – Reportage 1 – Palm Sunday in Nazareth for organ, percussion and saxophone (2009)
Paweł Szymański (1954) – Four Hevelian Dances for organ and 2 positive organs (2011)
25.04.2012, Wednesday 7pm Oratorium Marianum, pl. Uniwersytecki 1
Two Marimbas Travelling by Italian Trains
Cantores Minores Wratislavienses; Piotr Karpeta – conductor
Paul Preusser – Thou among the wastes of time for mixed choir, prepared piano, percussion and electronics (2009)**
Axoum Duo: Elwira Ślązak – marimba, Gabriel Collet – marimba
Marta Ptaszyńska (1943) – Scintilla for 2 marimbas (1984)
Krzysztof Wołek (1976) – Yamantaka for 2 marimbas and electronics (2011)**
Ryszard Osada (1972) – Waves of feelings for 2 marimbas (2012)**
Jacek Sotomski (1987) MAHOMET for 2 marimbas and computer (2012)**
Cantores Minores Wratislavienses, Piotr Karpeta – conductor
Rafał Augustyn (1951)– Vagor ergo sum – small cantata to words by Zbigniew Herbert, Hadrian Caesar and Italian National Railways for mixed choir and gongs (2008/2011)
26.04.2012, Thursday 8pm Philharmonic Concert Hall, ul. Piłsudskiego 19
Five World Premieres in a Triangle
Aleksandra Rupocińska – harpsichord, Wrocław Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, Ernst Kovacic – conductor
Joanna Woźny (1973) – Lost Motion for string orchestra (2012)**
Dariusz Przybylski (1984), Red, Yellow, Red. Hommage a Mark Rothko for string orchestra (2012) **
Adrian Foltyn (1978) – Coincidensity for 17 string instruments and bass clarinet (2011)**
Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil (1947)– ICE-LAND ...Rainbow Bridges over Dettifoss... (Reportage 3) for chamber orchestra (2011)**
Marcin Bortnowski (1972) – And There Was No More Sea for harpsichord and chamber orchestra (2012)**
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.