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A New Life of Dracula. The album THEMES OF DRACULA from ANAKLASIS premieres on 19th August!


When cinema’s great visionary Francis Ford Coppola is calling – the director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now – who would hang up on him? Wojciech Kilar took up the offer of cooperation, which resulted in his soundtrack (now of cult status) for the tale of the Transylvanian monster whose love was a bit too strong. Years later, this pathetic-lyrical cantata for mixed choir and symphony orchestra has been turned inside out by pianist Piotr Orzechowski and saxophonist Kuba Więcek. The album THEMES OF DRACULA, comprising deconstructed themes from Dracula, will go into distribution as of 19th August, as part of the catalogue of PWM Edition’s label ANAKLASIS.

It is not without reason that Piotr Orzechowski has been nicknamed Pianohooligan. He takes much satisfaction in demolishing the boundaries between the old and the new, between classical and jazz music. Kuba Więcek is, on the other hand, one of the most versatile jazz musicians of his generation, deriving pleasure from discovering new contexts, challenges, and types of sound for his music. Some may complain that Orzechowski and Więcek’s take on Kilar is a sacrilege. What they have created, however, elevates variations on Wojciech Kilar’s film music to quite a new level of musical understanding.

“I see this music as a summary of what we have played with Kuba so far. From the start, two tendencies have competed in us: It was either shared impulsiveness, or joint constructing effort. These two have met here for the first time, based on Kilar’s motifs, so one could call this project our first joint composition – a kind of suite,” Piotr Orzechowski explains.

The CD THEMES OF DRACULA employs the same strategy that we know from Kilar’s original soundtrack, combining functional with autonomous aspects of music. Themes from Dracula can distinctly be heard, though invariably as a response and reinterpretation, different from the originals. Orzechowski and Więcek approach the original with respect but do not unduly idolise it. They quickly build their own space which, though derived from Kilar’s music, becomes their autonomous creation. The film motifs have been remade, transformed, and commented upon by both of them. Some were arranged in advance (the duo has presented this programme in concert since 2021), while the others emerge from free improvisation, which, however, eludes association with jazz – the genre most commonly associated with improvisation today. Jazz is here only one of many points of reference. The piano and the sax enter into dialogues and interactions in a much wider field, leaving extended jazz harmonies and swingy sound behind. What counts is response, reflexes, commentary, mutual attentive listening to rests and timbres, a joint exploration of moods and narrative directions in what can be called improvised composition or composed improvisation.

“Playing with Piotr for the last five years, we have developed our own form of communication in music. Wojciech Kilar’s compositions have proved highly congenial to our own sound language, providing us at the same time with endless resources of inspiration on every occasion when we play this material,” says Kuba Więcek.

THEMES OF DRACULA is the ninth album in the REVISIONS series, which presents music-lovers with experiments, boundary crossing, revolutions, and, most of all, the legacy of composers who come from different musical worlds.

The album featuring themes from Dracula will be available from the best bookstores and music shops, online services, as well as the virtual shop of the empik chain as of 19th August.

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The album’s media patrons:  TVP Kultura, RMF Classic,, and Ruch Muzyczny.

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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.


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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.