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CONTEMPORARY CARILLON: a new CD in the SOUNDS series from ANAKLASIS – available for purchase as of 3rd September!
Forgotten forms of sound are more and more frequently rediscovered and restored to the music world in fresh, modernised ways. This is also the case with ANAKLASIS new CD in the SOUNDS series. CONTEMPORARY CARILLON is a unique attempt to demonstrate the contemporary sound of bells as envisaged by the most outstanding Polish composers. The album will go on sale as of 3rd September, and two of the works recorded on it will be premiered live just two days later.
Bells have for centuries remained an element of the Polish audiosphere, but the carillon (a set of at least 23 tower bells activated by means of a special keyboard) still appears to be an exotic instrument and its potential largely remains unrecognised. Luckily, in Poland we have a diligent promoter of carillon culture, Monika Kaźmierczak, D.M.A., graduate of the Gdańsk Academy of Music and the Netherlands Carillon School in Amersfoort, who holds the post of Gdańsk’s carillonneur. The city has two such instruments, located on the tower of St Catherine’s Church and in the Main Town Hall. The possibilities of these centuries-old instruments are much more than merely historical. Proof of this can be found on ANAKLASIS most recent CD, on which Kaźmierczak performs works commissioned by the City of Gdańsk and the Museum of Gdańsk from the crème de la crème of Polish contemporary classical music: Aleksander Nowak, Elżbieta Sikora, Paweł Mykietyn, Agata Zubel, and Zygmunt Krauze.
The first of the compositions on CONTEMPORARY CARILLON, Three Callings by Aleksander Nowak, performed in Gdańsk in 2019, commemorates the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Nowak brings out the potential of the Gdańsk instrument, emphasising the colouristic and harmonic frictions between various shades of sound. Elżbieta Sikora’s Running North for the carillon of St Catherine’s, written in 2020 to celebrate the fifty years of the Museum of Gdańsk, comes with this telling commentary: ‘To run away from fate and from oneself, from the plague and epidemics, war and enslavement, from all evil. Run away to the north, where the sea opens up, and beyond it – freedom and the allure of mystery.’ Paweł Mykietyn’s STOP was composed in the same year for the 40th anniversary of the Gdańsk Agreement. ‘The title expresses the beautiful though possibly naïve dream of good winning over evil. Let this dream resound from the carillon of Gdańsk Main Town Hall, in the city which witnessed both the great good of the Solidarity’s rise and the great evil of its president’s assassination,’ writes the composer, whose works have for many years taken us on a surrealist journey through time and space.
Two pieces recorded on CONTEMPORARY CARILLON will be premiered in Gdańsk on 5th September. Agata Zubel’s Memory of Bronze was written for the carillon on St Catherine’s Church tower, which has more bells and thus more possibilities of creating both high pealing and low bass-register sounds, as well as aftersounds which follow behind them. The other composer whose work will be first performed in Gdańsk, Zygmunt Krauze, is well-known for his love of the piano, sometimes slightly out of tune, which gives his works their characteristic nostalgic sound. His tripartite Reveille (Wake-Up Call) ‘is a call to be vigilant, to change and sober up, look at oneself and the world around us from a new perspective’.
The SOUNDS series from ANAKLASIS promotes looking at contemporary music from the perspective of its eminent interpreters and their instruments. Releases in this series have so far included WORKS FOR RHODES PIANO & STRINGS, exploring the sound of the Rhodes piano, BI-PIANO RECITAL, on which Zygmunt Krauze approaches the music of Chopin on his own musical terms, and POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC – orchestral music by Polish 20th- and 21st-century women composers.
The partner of this album is the Museum of Gdańsk.
Released thanks to the support of GIWK water supply company.
5th September 2021, 12 noon, Gdańsk, Main Town Hall, Zygmunt Krauze – Reveille
5th September 2021, 3 p.m., Gdańsk, St Catherine’s Church, Agata Zubel – Memory of Bronze
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.
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.