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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.

David Bajgelman was a composer from Łódź, born in 1888, who specialised in adapting the Jewish musical tradition to the needs of operetta and cabaret. In the Ghetto, he founded a symphony orchestra and continued to compose. He did not survive the Holocaust, perishing in a concentration camp. Fortunately, his music has been revived. Jarosław Bester, who produced the new arrangements, not only reminds us of this music, but reveals the special qualities of these compositions, on a par with the work of Jerzy Petersburski and Henryk Wars. Bester is an accordion virtuoso and leader of the Bester Quartet, previously known as the Cracow Klezmer Band (with which he travelled around the world and drank from many a source of inspiration), working with such artists as John Zorn and Tomasz Stańko. 


‘Bajgelman must have been an intelligent, no-nonsense guy who knew perfectly well what he was doing’, says the accordionist Jarek Bester, who arranged the works on Bajgelman. Get to Tango. ‘This is the music of pre-war Poland: that cultural melting pot’, he adds, admitting that his work on Bajgelman’s music demanded more time and effort than work on the music of any other composer. ‘It seems like these are simple little tunes, but when you delve deeper into the music, it turns out to be rather peculiar: in triple time, complicated and highly demanding. The harmonies have to be set to virtually each bar separately.’ 


So the ANAKLASIS label’s REVISIONS series gains another fascinating release. Brilliant musicians, accompanied by a star-studded vocal line-up, take us on a journey through the work of one of the most famous Jewish composers of the inter-war period. Bajgelman’s story is told through the characteristic sound of the Bester Quartet: the accordion of the leader, Jarek Bester, the violin of David Lubowicz, the double bass of Maciej Adamczak and the percussion instruments of Ryszard Pałka, joined by some illustrious guests; cellist Krzysztof Lenczowski, trumpeter Michał Bylica and – above all, perhaps – the leading Polish jazz vocalists Grażyna Auguścik, Dorota Miśkiewicz and Jorgos Skolias. 


This disc will be available from 11 December in PWM’s bookshops, on and, and also in leading bookshops and music stores, on digital platforms and on the virtual shelves of the empik chain! 


Then on 13 December (Sunday), at the Tempel Synagogue, the autumn-winter climax to the Prologue of the 30th Jewish Culture Festival in Cracow. At 7 p.m. sharp, in the concert ‘David Bajgelman’s Music: On the Way to Happiness’, we will hear material from the album Bajgelman. Get to Tango performed by the Bester Quartet, Grażyna Auguścik, Dorota Miśkiewicz and Jorgos Skolias. The concert will be broadcast online on the ANAKLASIS and PWM Facebook profiles, and on the festival’s Facebook fanpage and YouTube channel.

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THE TALE OF THE HEART. FAVOLA IN MUSICA: a joint project by Aleksander Nowak and Radek Rak from ANAKLASIS on sale as of 6th October

It is a musical-literary tale about a quest for identity, truth, and for what makes us human. The new stage work by Aleksander Nowak – which is, at the same time, Radek Rak’s operatic debut – explores the sources of good and evil, fusing reality with mythology and steering towards ‘the left-hand side of the world’. The authors spin a tale about the dual human nature. THE TALE OF THE HEART. FAVOLA IN MUSICA – the album that presents their joint project – will go on sale on 6th October.


Różycki’s Adventures in Jazzland. The album INSPIRED BY LUDOMIR RÓŻYCKI from ANAKLASIS on sale as of 28th August

Spectacularly successful as Ludomir Różycki’s music was in his lifetime, it is seldom programmed nowadays. All the same, such remarkable art could hardly fall into utter oblivion. It has attracted and fascinated excellent jazz pianist Kuba Stankiewicz, who has translated it into the language of jazz. The effects have been recorded and released on ANAKLASIS label’s most recent album, INSPIRED BY LUDOMIR RÓŻYCKI, which goes on sale as of 28th August.

PWM przenosi się na Wiejską

PWM Edition is entering the execution phase of the revitalisation of its Warsaw department. With the commencement of the renovation and the implementation of the assumptions of the architectural design, the Hire Department and the editorial office of “Ruch Muzyczny” are moving to a temporary headquarters at 19 Wiejska Street, Warsaw.


This is by no means a piece about the centuries-long Polish-German conflict. It is, instead, a tale of impossible love, of tragic conflict between personal happiness and the common good.

PWM Edition is the exclusive representative of the Ricordi publishing house in Poland

PWM Edition resumes cooperation with the Italian publishing house Ricordi, as well as with its international partners forming Universal Music Publishing Classics & Screen. This means that rentals of orchestral materials from the catalogues of all publishing houses belonging to Classics & Screen is carried out in Poland by Dział Zbiorów Nutowych (Sheet Music Department) of PWM.


The most fascinating phenomena in contemporary music; a wide range of genres; outstanding works, excellent composers and performers – are the trademarks of the record label ANAKLASIS, launched by PWM Edition. ANAKLASIS is now celebrating its third birthday. It continues to grow at a dizzying pace and maintains the high artistic standards of its releases.


When asked to attempt a definition of her music, she called it lyrical expressionism. The choice of this term says much about the emotional intensity of Elżbieta Sikora’s music, which may reflect the experience of her two home countries, Poland and France, but is also a consequence of her artistic maturation in an age when two powerful trends – the avant-garde and neo-Classicism – were vying for the palm. Such a label may also result from the artist’s focus on the listener as her target, whom she invariably attempts to surprise, shock, or bewilder.

Polish chamber music of the 19th and 20th centuries in Estonia!

In cooperation with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tallinn, we invite you to two concerts and lectures presenting the diversity and beauty of Polish music. 

The first “ChopinLand Piano Competition” in Japan goes down in history

Over 300 performances of works by Polish composers, 114 finalists, a total of 36 repertoire pieces in 6 age categories, 20 winners, 17 jurors, 4 competition locations and one day of master classes. The piano competition for children and teenagers, “ChopinLand Piano Competition,” is behind us – an extraordinary project that took several months, which PWM Edition organized in Japan. Thanks to cooperation with local partners, Polish music could reach hundreds of young pianists and their teachers, creating the ambassadors of Polish music in the Land of the Rising Sun.