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The most important events of 2014


2014 brought many interesting events that will certainly become part of the PWM Edition history. Names of new composers were entered in the PWM catalogue, many pieces had their premières and the artists collaborating with our publishing house were honoured with awards and distinctions. Below we present a selection of the most important events of 2014.

New faces in PWM Edition

In 2014 PWM Edition started cooperation with several composers, such as: Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz who is a songwriter and a composer of theatre and film music (click here to see an interview with Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz), Rev. Wojciech Kałamarz - a composer specialising in choral and church music, Henryk Jan Botor - a composer and an organist and Marcin Łukasz Mazur - a composer and a conductor.

We are proud to announce that many artists cooperating with PWM Edition were honoured with awards and distinctions in 2014. Among those artists we can find: Agata Zubel - who was announced to be one of ten most fascinating and original artists in the world. She also received the Polish Composers’ Union award and Polonica Nova prize. "The New Yorker" has listed Agata Zubel's "Not I" album among the top ten recordings of 2014!. Second excellent artist is Paweł Łukaszewski who won the Choc de Classica award and Jerzy Kurczewski prize. Another distinguished artist who cooperates with PWM Edition is Zygmunt Krauze who was honoured with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta. Last but not least is Mieczysław Tomaszewski - a long-term director and editor-in-chief of PWM Edition who received the Coryphée of Polish Music award.

Other important events
In 2014 PWM Edition completed the comprehensive edition of the Works of Karol Szymanowski.
For more information click here:
"Hagith" - completion of a series of Works of Karol Szymanowski

Szymanowski now complete!

PWM Edition was a partner of Film Music Festival - a unique event in Europe in terms of sound and motion picture technology as well as the scale and level of artistic performance. On the last day of festival young musicians performed works by Maciej Zieliński and Wojciech Kilar.

We also had sad moments in 2014 connected with passing away of Włodzimierz Kotoński and Jan Ekier.

Most popular:

‘Siren. Melodrama aeterna’ by Aleksander Nowak and Szczepan Twardoch from ANAKLASIS, available from 5th November!

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 is searching for foreign contractors

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.

PWM Edition’s 75th anniversary album GREAT ENCOUNTERS

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.

What Do We See When We Are Listening? ACOUSMATIC MUSIC from ANAKLASIS

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.

“All is darkness, all is quiet. What will happen here tonight?” FOREFATHERS’ EVE comes out on a gramophone record on 17th March

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.

Polish Music Library: PWM Edition sums up the project with an attractive animation

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.

POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC – a new album in the SOUNDS series

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.

Tangos from the library of oblivion – a new disc in the series REVISIONS from ANAKLASIS

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.

A year in Polish music in sixteen albums – ANAKLASIS celebrates its first birthday

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.