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A box of delights. BOX Moniuszko released on ANAKLASIS, on sale now!
The two discs featuring music by Stanisław Moniuszko have now been joined by another ANAKLASIS release devoted to this outstanding Polish composer. Following W-ŚPIEWNIK and 'The Raftsman', PWM proudly presents the three-disc BOX Moniuszko, comprising the most beautiful twentieth-century recordings: the most famous songs, well-known arias and ensembles, and overtures to Moniuszko operas, part of the HERITAGE series.
The first disc contains archive recordings from 1956: the six songs performed by Maria Kunińska-Opacka and Jerzy Lefeld come from the eighth and ninth volumes of Moniuszko’s Home Songbook. These interpretations, by a singer boasting a splendid lirico-spinto soprano voice, backed by one of the leading chamber musicians and accompanists in twentieth-century Poland, impress the listener with their culture and refined musicality. The second part of the disc is filled with four songs from different periods in Moniuszko’s life, in elegant renditions by Andrzej Hiolski, whose baritone is among the most beautiful and distinctive voices in the history of Polish singing. He is accompanied by Sergiusz Nadgryzowski.
The second album contains a selection of arias and ensembles from legendary recordings of The Raftsman, Halka and The Haunted Manor. The 1962 Raftsman, featuring the phenomenal Halina Słonicka in the soprano part of Zosia and the golden tenor voice of Bogdan Paprocki as Franek, with the ensembles of the Warsaw Philharmonic under the baton of Zdzisław Górzyński, can still be regarded, in many respects, as exemplary. Most of the excerpts from Halka, meanwhile, come from a Poznań performance recorded in 1953. The cast included the finest Poznań artists of the day: Antonina Kawecka, endowed with a rich dramatic soprano, the genuinely heroic tenor of post-war Poland Wacław Domieniecki, and Marian Woźniczko, whose captivatingly warm baritone voice boasts a sumptuous timbre. The conductor was Walerian Bierdiajew, renowned for his wide-ranging repertoire and excellent work with singers. In the Poznań Haunted Manor, recorded in similar fashion to Halka the following year (also conducted by Bierdiajew), Woźniczko took the role of Miecznik. We also hear on this disc the sonorous and metallic soprano of Barbara Kostrzewska, the lush mezzo-soprano of Felicja Kurowiak, the remarkably refined bass of Edmund Kossowski and the tenor of Bogdan Paprocki, regarded as the most convincing Stefan in the post-war history of The Haunted Manor.
The third disc opens with the fantastical overture Fairy Tale, perhaps more popular among performers and audiences than any other overture to a Polish opera. After it, the overture to Verbum Nobile sparkles with joyful virtuosity, and the overture to The Pariah thrills with its wild drama. In the preface to The Countess, a spirited mazur clashes with a refined salon waltz, the overture to Halka encapsulates not so much the action as the very idea of the work, and the Intrada to The Haunted Manor brings to mind associations with the lightness and virtuosity of overtures by Rossini. The overtures to Moniuszko operas performed by the Orchestra of the Poznań Opera under the baton of Bierdiajew, juxtaposed with those performed by the WOSPR in Katowice under Grzegorz Fitelberg, offer scope for comparisons and an opportunity for long, fascinating discussions over interpretations of Moniuszko’s orchestral music.
A collection that delights. The biggest names, the most beautiful voices, masterful renditions of famous songs, arias and overtures carefully selected from the Polskie Nagrania collection at the National Digital Archive. Essential listening not just for Moniuszko fans.
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.
On 30 September, the call for applications for the International Composition Contest for Wind Orchestra Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020 was closed. From almost 50 applications, the jury selected seven laureates and distinguished five compositions.
In the year of the exceptional jubilee, the composer's 90 birthday, a unique album is published in the ANAKLASIS catalogue, devoted to the chamber vocal and instrumental works of Twardowski. They are performed by the world-famous bass-baritone, Tomasz Konieczny, and an outstanding pianist, Lech Napierała.
The songs of Stanisław Moniuszko and Romuald Twardowski are widely known and appreciated both by the public and the musical world. But what if we could get to know these pieces from the inside out? Two world-class musicians invite you to a unique master class experience – delivered straight to your doorstep! The acclaimed bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny and the ingenious pianist Lech Napierała will be the guides to those who are curious about the most beautiful Polish songs. The online Song Master Class program is launching now.