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Opening of Lutosławski Year
2013-01-08The official opening of the Lutosławski Year will be on January 25, 2013 at the National Philharmonic, exactly on the 100th anniversary of the Master's birth. The star of the evening will be world-famous German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. On this day, Lutosławski's music will also be heard in many other Polish concert halls. The following works are included in the program for the concert at the National Philharmonic: "Chain II", "Partita" and "Interlude" - works written with Anne-Sophie Mutter in mind. The artist will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic under the baton of Antoni Wit, and will also perform Lutosławski's famous "Symphony III" and a new work written by Pawel Szymanski especially for the occasion, commissioned by the National Philharmonic - "Sostenuto".
For music lovers, the National Philharmonic has prepared a total of thirty concerts including the most important works by the Master for the coming months. In order to familiarise the the audience with the person as well as the composer's opinions and fascinations, the concerts include fragments of his texts, which have become concert mottos. They refer either directly to his works, or to the context in which they were placed.
On the day of the composer's birth – 25 January, 2013 there will also be celebratory concerts in the following institutions:
Gdańsk, Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka im. Fryderyka Chopina
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for piano and orchestra
Orchestra of the Baltic Philharmonic, Ewa Pobłocka (piano), conductor Kazimierz Kord
Katowice, Centrum Kultury Katowice im. Krystyny Bochenek, Sala im. G. Fitelberga
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for orchestra; Concerto for cello and orchestra; Symphony IV
National Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio, conductor Alexander Liebreich
Opole, Filharmonia im. Józefa Elsnera
W. Lutosławski - Preludia taneczne (Dance Prelude)
Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic, conductor Jerzy Kosek
Lublin, aula Collegium Maius Uniwersytetu Medycznego
W. Lutosławski – Partita; Łańcuch II – dialogue for violin and orchestra; Interludium
Orchestra of the Lubelska Philharmonic, Krzysztof Jakowicz (s), conductor Wojciech Rodek
Wrocław, Filharmonia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for piano and orchestra
Orchestra of the Wrocław Philharmonic, Garrick Ohlsson (s), conductor Jacek Kaspszyk
Szczecin, Filharmonia im. Mieczysława Karłowicza
Concert „Do Lutosa i z powrotem”
W. Lutosławski – Mała suita; Uwertura smyczkowa
Orchestra of Szczecin Philharmonic, conductor Ewa Strusińska
Kielce, Filharmonia Świętokrzyska im. Oskara Kolberga
W. Lutosławski – Preludia taneczne; Wariacje symfoniczne
Symphony Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, Piotr Szymyślik (clarinet), conductor Jacek Rogala
Poznań, Aula Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu
W. Lutosławski – Symphony III; K. Szymanowski – Concert Overture
Orchestra of the Poznań Philharmonic, conductor Marek Pijarowski
Łódź, Filharmonia im. Artura Rubinsteina
W. Lutosławski – Concerto for cello and orchestra
Orchestra of the Łódź Philharmonic , Tomasz Daroch (vc), conductor Joshua Dos Santos
We recommend you look at our concert calendar and the calendar published on the official site of the Lutosławski Year celebrations.
The most important festival associated with the work of Witold Lutosławski will be Chain X whose inauguration will take place on the eve of the birth of the Master - January 24, 2013 at the Royal Castle. As the organisers, the Witold Lutosławski Association, say "the jubilee year will be different from previous editions through the richness of its repertoire and the number of participating ensembles. The benevolence of all the partners has helped bring the festival concerts to the most prestigious halls of Warsaw - the National Philharmonic, however, set a condition not easy to meet; to not repeat works by Witold Lutosławski which it had already been planned for 2013. "
In addition, the Witold Lutosławski Society has established a Medal of the Year, which will be given to people who have contributed to the performance, dissemination and research of Lutosławski's music. As part of the anniversary year it will also conduct the following activities:
„Genius Lutos” Project – realised jointly with the Szczecin Philharmonic and addressed to mentally handicapped people. A special role is played by the Gamelan Percussion Orchestra, which operates through the Szczecin branch of the Polish Association for the Mentally Handicapped, bringing together people with intellectual disabilities. Orchestra rehearsals and workshops in preparation for the new repertoire based on ideas inspired by Lutosławski and his work will lead to joint concerts with artists from the Szczecin Philharmonic. A lasting effect of the project will be a methodological guide with film documentation.
Lutosławski's Warsaw Walk - an electronic publication created in cooperation with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in the form of a mobile phone application. Its content is a rich set of historical and contemporary images and text and audio information about the most important places in the capital city connected to the residence and work of Witold Lutosławski.
Competition composition - with an international range, without territorial restrictions or age limit. The subject of the contest is an original, never-before-awarded or publicly presented piece for symphony orchestra of the same instrumentation as Witold Lutosławski's last symphony. The compositions will be judged by a jury composed of Luca Francesconi, Kazimierz Kord, Magnus Lindberg, Steven Stucky, Paweł Szymański, Tadeusz Wielecki.
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.
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