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

2022-07-18

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, Culture.pl, and Ruch Muzyczny.

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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.
 

A Present-Day Vision of Virtuosity. The album LEGEND premieres on 24th June!

“I’ve focused on chamber music in order to bring out as much colour in the violin itself and its changing sound as possible,” says virtuoso Adam Bałdych about his vision of Wieniawski’s music. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung called Bałdych “technically the most accomplished violinist of our time”. Technical proficiency and thorough education (which includes an honours degree from Katowice’s Academy of Music and a scholarship to Berklee College of Music) do not stop Bałdych from taking an unorthodox approach to the time-honoured music of old masters.

New retail prices for National Edition of Chopin works

We would like to inform you that we have prepared new retail prices for National Edition of Chopin works. New prices will be valid from 20/06/2022. Our decision is caused generally by increased production costs. 

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.