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SHARPEN YOUR EARS – ANAKLASIS CELEBRATES ITS SECOND BIRTHDAY

2021-11-22

‘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.

Though still young, after two years of activity the label already boasts an impressively large catalogue of as many as twenty-four albums. ANAKLASIS declares, however, that this has only been the beginning of its exploration of the most interesting phenomena in Polish contemporary music! Outstanding works, excellent composers and performers, a wide range of genres… The publisher offers all this to its listeners, collected and classified into six dynamically developing series.



ANAKLASIS, PWM Edition’s record label, enthusiastically received by both the industry and music lovers, has added eight new titles to its catalogue in the last year, including two vinyl records. It has already won Poland’s most important record award, the Fryderyk 2021, as well as several prestigious nominations.

The orange REVISIONS series, grouping together experimental projects which overcome boundaries and explore the borderlands between musical worlds, definitely takes pride of place among the new titles. It is as part of this series that Bester Quartet has presented a revival of music by Łódź-based composer Dawid Bajgelman in original arrangements by the band’s leader Jarosław Bester, conjuring up the spirit of Jewish music tradition. The CD BAJGELMAN. GET TO TANGO (ANA 013) offers a genuine panorama of Bajgelman’s output, made up of Polish- and Yiddish-language hits from between the World Wars and the profoundly sad ghetto tangos enriched by the vocals of leading Polish jazz singers: Grażyna Auguścik, Dorota Miśkiewicz, and Jorgos Skolias.

This, however, is not the only new release in the orange series! High Definition Quartet has inaugurated the vinyl line within REVISIONS, recording old Slav rituals of conjuring the dead on a gramophone record, for the joy of music lovers. FOREFATHERS’ EVE (ANA 007 LP) is concelebrated by an ensemble led by Piotr ‘Pianohooligan’ Orzechowski and the giants of ambient and electronic music: William Basinski, Krzysztof Knittel, Robert Rich, Christian Fennesz, and Igor Boxx of Skalpel duo.

Those who have never tasted analogue sound shall never reach heaven, as some would say. This, then, is not the only vinyl release in the REVISIONS series in 2021! GREAT ENCOUNTERS, bearing the symbolic catalogue number of ANA 075 (to mark the 75 years of PWM Edition) is a jewel in the REVISIONS crown, a journey through the musical past into music’s future. This record is unique in many ways. Both its CD and LP versions feature, instead of the series’ usual orange, PWM’s trademark yellow. The project, co-created by contemporary masters of Polish jazz and popular music, consists of pieces by Adam Bałdych, Krzysztof Herdzin, Adam Pierończyk, and Adam Sztaba, who have taken up the music of Polish classical giants, coming up with frequently daring interpretations of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The programme has so far had two stage performances: an online streamed broadcast on 6th June and a live ‘Great Encounters’ concert at ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

‘This project is PWM Edition’s showpiece for today, presenting us as a publishing house which works with the past, but also creatively maps out new routes into the future,’ said Daniel Cichy, PhD, PWM Edition’s director and editor-in-chief.

The green colour of the SOUNDS series has been taken up, in the second year of the ANAKLASIS label, by women-composers: Elżbieta Sikora, Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Agata Zubel, whose compositions are performed on POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC (ANA 014) by Orchestre Pasdeloup under the baton of Marzena Diakun. ‘Orchestre Pasdeloup and its head, Marianne Rivière’s openness to a project presenting little-known pieces by Polish composers and to contemporary music is very important to me, and I am happy to be part of this undertaking,’ emphasised the conductress. ‘It is an incredible meeting of Poland and France, and of artists from both these countries.’ As we learn from this album, ‘women’s voice in Polish music is as separate as it is distinctive,’ and it would be hard not to agree, especially when we add to this strong female representation in the SOUNDS series the lucid sounds of Monika Kaźmierczak’s bells on CONTEMPORARY CARILLON (ANA 016), comprising works by Zygmunt Krauze, Paweł Mykietyn, Aleksander Nowak, Agata Zubel, and Elżbieta Sikora.

The blue PORTRAITS series this time features Marcin Stańczyk, who enchants our audience with his musical philosophy encapsulated on the 2CD album ACOUSMATIC MUSIC (ANA 015). Questioning the rigidness of sensual perception, Stańczyk looks at the listening process from a new perspective through the lens of acousmatic compositions which in a sense force the listener to focus on pure sound from the borderland between dream and waking state.

The new and unique OPERA series, initiated and now continued by the extraordinary tandem of composer Alek Nowak and writer Szczepan Twardoch, perfectly rounds off the label’s second year. Their DRACH. DRAMMA PER MUSICA won the audience’s hearts and numerous awards. Only a few days ago, ANAKLASIS released the second part of the trilogy announced by Nowak: SYRENA. MELODRAMA AETERNA, this time setting Twardoch’s original libretto. The cast features the greatest personalities of the Polish music scene, singers Ewa Biegas, Joanna Freszel, and Jan Jakub Monowid, who already worked with this composer before, accompanies by other stars, such as the virtuoso sax player Bartłomiej Duś, Daniel Popiałkiewicz on electric guitar, Piotr Sałajczyk at the piano, and AUKSO – Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under Maestro Marek Moś.


ANAKLASIS undertakes to maintain this commendable intensity of publishing work, and the above survey of this year’s new releases foreshadows many eminently worthwhile artistic projects in the future.


All of the ANAKLASIS titles can be purchased from the best bookstores and music shops, online services, as well as the virtual shop of the empik chain. Highly recommended!



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SHARPEN YOUR EARS – ANAKLASIS CELEBRATES ITS SECOND BIRTHDAY

‘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.

‘Siren. Melodrama aeterna’ by Aleksander Nowak and Szczepan Twardoch from ANAKLASIS, available from 5th November!

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 is searching for foreign contractors

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.

PWM Edition’s 75th anniversary album GREAT ENCOUNTERS

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.

What Do We See When We Are Listening? ACOUSMATIC MUSIC from ANAKLASIS

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.

“All is darkness, all is quiet. What will happen here tonight?” FOREFATHERS’ EVE comes out on a gramophone record on 17th March

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.

Polish Music Library: PWM Edition sums up the project with an attractive animation

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.
 

POLISH HEROINES OF MUSIC – a new album in the SOUNDS series

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.
 

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.