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New versions of Chopin's piano concertos
We are glad to present you a special edition of two piano concertos by Fryderyk Chopin, arranged for piano and string quintet. The authors of transcriptions are famous pianist and International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition's laureate – Kevin Kenner and composer and cello player Krzysztof Dombek.
The main aim of these versions of two Chopin Piano Concertos was to create a reduction of the full orchestral score in order to accommodate the small ensemble's particular requirements and at the same time to remain as close as possible to the original.
Reconstruction was preceded by extremely detailed analysis of the score source materials and historical documents, which prove that there was a practice of performing concertos by Chopin himself accompanied by the chamber ensemble. The transcription was based on the National Edition of Chopin's works edited by professor Jan Ekier.
The Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor op. 21 – though published as the second – was written first, between autumn 1829 and spring 1830. “It was composed in accordance with the requirements of the genre, in line with the model derived from Mozart, but adopted directly from Hummel, whose influence is clearly discernible. There is no doubt that the pianistic texture of this work was shaped by the technique termed style brillant. It should be added, however, that in both Chopin’s concertos (written on a single wave of inspiration), the ‘brilliant’-style virtuosity was taken to its pinnacle. It was also overcome, by restoring to the themes a Classical, Mozartian simplicity […] and by infusing the whole work with typically Romantic expression, no longer sentimental, but perceived as poetical. (Author: Mieczysław Tomaszewski, series of radio programs “Fryderyk Chopin's Complete Works”, Polish Radio II; source: NIFC http://pl.chopin.nifc.pl)
Soon after the success of Concerto in F minor Chopin wrote Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor op. 11, where he kept this characteristic youthful, romantic aura, but – as professor Tomaszewski puts it – this concerto “seems to be written with a surer hand and a more experienced ear”.
New versions of Chopin's concertos were published thanks to the cooperation of PWM Edition and The Fryderyk Chopin Institute (NIFC).
We invite you to read an interview with Kevin Kenner in Quarta magazine, where he speaks about the origins and work on the new arrangements of Chopin's concertos. The interview is available here: Chopin's chamber concertos (Quarta No. 3, August 2014, page 17).
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.