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38th Karol Szymanowski Days in Zakopane
As every year, in late July and early August, Zakopane, which used to be a special place in Karol Szymanowski's life, turns into the centre of his music. This year, during the 9 festival days, we will be able to hear the music of the festival patron, as well as the first performance of Trio concerto by Mikołaj Górecki.
38th Karol Szymanowski Days will be held between 25 July and 2 August. The audience will listen to performances of ensembles from Poland and other countries: Czech Republic, Canada, Ukraine and Italy.
The opening concert of 26 July includes Harnasie for two pianos with Joanna Domańska and Andrzej Tatarski. The Mater Dei Violin Quartet by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska will be performed for the first time on 27 July, at the concert aimed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Szymanowski's Myths.
During the piano recital on 31 July, Mikołaj Warszyński will play Haydn, Liszt, Chopin and Szymanowski. On Saturday, 1 August, Szymanowski's chamber music will be presented by Sedlaček String Quartet (Czech Republic), winner of the first prize in the 1st International Karol Szymanowski String Quartet Competition (2014). At the final concert on 2 August, Sinfonietta Cracovia with Massimiliano Caldi as conductor and Joanna Domańska (piano), Roman Widaszek (clarinet) and Tadeusz Tomaszewski (horn) will perform Mikołaj Górecki's Trio concerto for clarinet, horn, piano and string orchestra for the first time. The programme also includes Serenade for String Orchestra by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Five Folk Melodies and Overture for Strings by Witold Lutosławski, Orawa by Wojciech Kilar and Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.
‘Easy as it is to appreciate contemporary works after they have become classics – why wait so long? The ANAKLASIS label has asked this question for two years now, encouraging audiences to explore Polish contemporary music of the highest calibre.
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 – 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.
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.