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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.
PWM Edition and Warsaw Wind Music Association invite to take part in the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra - Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020. This is the first edition of the international competition for composers, the subject of which is to write a premiere composition for a concert wind orchestra.
The winners of the 10th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition have been announced. The first prize goes to Maria Motolygina from Russia, while Alina Adamski won the PWM Edition Prize for the best performance of a Polish 20th/21st-century song.
On May 5th, the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth will be celebrated throughout Poland. PWM Edition has already begun its celebrations earlier, and announced Stanisław Moniuszko our May COMPOSER OF THE MONTH.
More than 20 new sheet music publications, books and CD albums; nearly 90 reissues; performance materials for orchestras and opera houses; more than a hundred digital publications available worldwide; 7,000 pages of free access digitalised materials; more than a thousand unique graphics and photos; nearly 30 events for adult and young audiences – all these are part of PWM Edition’s celebrations programme prepared for the bicentenary of Stanisław Moniuszko’s birth.
We are very happy to inform that Tomasz Knittel’s film Mieczysław Karłowicz. Samotna wędrówka [Mieczysław Karłowicz. A Lone Journey], co-produced by PWM Edition and TVP (Polish state television broadcaster), won the Silver Pegasus during the gala of the 22nd Zakopane Festival of Films about Art held on 14th April.
PWM Edition is not just about sheet music and books. We are also involved in all kinds of educational activities, aiming to promote and support music education in both general and music schools. In this way we fulfil Plato’s postulate that “children ought to be taught music, physics and philosophy; but music in particular, because it contains models and all the skills that are crucial to learning”.
Since the first quarter of 2019 is already behind us, let us sum up PWM Edition’s educational enterprises in that period.
The world premiere of the most recent work by the highly regarded Polish composer Agata Zubel is to take place on 9th April 2019 at the Auditorium Marcel Landowski in Paris. The nine members of Ensemble 2e2m – one of France’s oldest and most renowned groups of this kind – will perform 3x3 for 9 instruments. The conductor is Pierre Roulllier.
The concert is part of the cycle “It Is a Woman’s World (Too)”.
“A three-day festival of new music; seven concerts, two installations, nearly fifteen hours of music – only the most recent works. Thirty composers, more than half of whom are associated with PWM Edition – all this has made me happy, and I am leaving Katowice one hundred per cent satisfied,” said Daniel Cichy PhD, Director and Editor-in-Chief of PWM Edition, summing up the 8th Festival of Premieres in Katowice, which came to its close last Sunday.
In our gallery of COMPOSERS OF THE MONTH, we present today the figure of Sławomir Kupczak, our April Composer of the Month.
On 1st April 2019 the post of editor-in-chief of “Ruch Muzyczny” will be taken over by Piotr Matwiejczuk, who replaces Tomasz Cyz, head of the editorial board since 2013.