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2008 HIGHLIGHTS IN POLISH MUSIC
Paweł Mykietyn’s Passion was premiered at the 43rd edition of the Wratislavia Cantans Festival on Sept. 8
The Podlasie Philarmonic Orchestra (formerly known as the Białystok Philharmonic) made a historic recording of Zygmunt Stojowski's cantatas A Prayer for Poland and Le Printemps, as well as the Suite in E flat Major, on DUX Records (0625)
Szymanowski: Stabat Mater on Naxos Records (570724) was chosen as the Editor's Choice of the British BBC Music Magazine in the “Choral Music” category for October 2008
Dr. Stefan P. Wilk (physician, humanitarian, and co-founder of the PMC) - d. 25 March
MUSIC OF WARS AND STOJOWSKI CONTINUES TO SHINE
The legacy of two Polish composers—Zygmunt Stojowski (1870-1946) and Henryk Wars (1902-1977)—whose manuscripts and personal papers were donated a few years ago to the Polish Music Center at USC, is being kept alive by recent performances in Poland. The recognition of Stojowski’s oeuvre continues apace, with continuing performances and recordings of his compositions. The unique position of Henry Wars in the history of Polish music—he was arguably the most popular Polish composer of modern times—was also officially acknowledged, at a special concert in Warsaw earlier this fall.
Henryk Wars-Warszawski was posthumously decorated with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta on 29 September 2008 by the decree of Poland’s President, Lech Kaczyński. The Order, established in 1921, is one of Poland’s highest civilian decorations, given in recognition of outstanding achievements in the areas of education, art, culture, civic work, service to Poland, and contributions to the development of international relations.
The ceremony took place in Warsaw on 5 October 2008, during the Eleventh Polish Radio Music Festival. The 2008 Festival was entitled “Emigranci” and dedicated to presenting music by Polish composers residing abroad. The concert opened with Zygmunt Stojowski’s Second Piano Concerto, Op. 32 in performance by English pianist, Jonathan Plowright (pictured at left with Wars' grandson, Dennis Mitchell). Mr. Plowright has been a champion of Stojowski’s piano music for many years, performing at the PMC’s 2006 Paderewski Lecture-Recital (dedicated to Stojowski) and recording Stojowski’s solo compositions and piano concertos for the Hyperion label. Symphony No. 1 by Henryk Wars, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio and conducted by Michał Dworzyński, was the concluding item on the program.
In the official citation read by a special representative of President Kaczyński, Henryk Wars was singled out for his outstanding achievements in composition and his significant contributions to arts in Poland. The composer’s grandson, Dennis Mitchell (pictured at right), accepted the Order on behalf of the Wars family currently residing in Southern California, with these words:
Manuscripts of Henry Wars’ symphonic music, including his Symphony No. 1, Piano Concerto, a three-movement orchestral suite, City Sketches, overture Maalot for orchestra, and numerous other smaller ensemble works and sketches, were donated to the Polish Music Center in 2005 by the composer’s widow, Elizabeth Wars. Up to that point, Henryk Wars (known as Henry Vars in the United States) had been recognized primarily as the composer of dozens of enduring hit songs and numerous film scores, written in Poland in the 1930s and later in Hollywood between 1950 and 1970. The unknown symphonic compositions by Wars were an extraordinary find in the history of Polish music of the 20th century. This discovery was celebrated in June 2005 in Łódź, Poland, during the annual Film Music Festival, where Henry Wars' symphonic masterpieces were given a world premiere by the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Maestro Krzesimir Dębski and featuring soloist Marek Żebrowski in the Piano Concerto. In November 2005, a gala concert at Bovard Auditorium, USC, also celebrated the Vars manuscript donation.
NAT’L PHIL AND WIT, GRAMMY-BOUND
A recording of the music of Karol Szymanowski featuring Antoni Wit conducting the Warsaw National Philharmonic and Choir, with Jarosław Bręka, Iwona Hossa and Ewa Marciniec as soloists, has received a Grammy Award nomination for the best Choral Performance. The album was released on NAXOS and contains the Stabat Mater, Veni Creator, Litany to Virgin Mary, Demeter, and Penthesilea. Wit is facing stiff competition from Sir Simon Rattle, Colin Davis, Charles Bruffy and Craig Hella Johnson.
The awards ceremony will take place on February 8, 2009, and will be broadcast on CBS. For more information about the nominations and Grammys please visit www.grammy.com.
DĘBSKI’S NEW THEATER MUSIC
The Capitol Music Theater in Wrocław is preparing a stage adaptation of Stefan Żeromski’s book, Dzieje grzechu [History of Sin]. The premiere nights are scheduled for January 16-18. This musical theater drama will be directed by Anna Kękuś-Poks, with music composed by Krzesimir Dębski and song lyrics by Michał Zabłocki. The main roles will be played by Justyna Szafran, Konrad Imiela and Wojciech Medyński.
Dzieje grzechu was first published in 1908 and has since been adapted for film three times, twice before the war and again in1975. Both the book and the adaptations created social scandal, and many critics were very harsh on Żeromiski after the release of his work. The book tells a story of a woman’s tragic love, trial of faith and innocence, passion, deception and crime.
Capitol has prepared a dedicated website for the show, www.dziejegrzechu.pl, and also has some clips on the theater’s official page. You can view a “trailer” and hear a few songs by Krzesimir Dębski on these websites.
TOMASZEWSKI PERFORMS STOJOWSKI
Violinist Tomasz Tomaszewski will start the new year by performing Zygmunt Stojowski’s Violin Concerto with conductor Piotr Borkowski and several orchestras in Poland. First, Tomaszewski and Borkowski will join the Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra on January 30th at 7:00pm in the concert hall of the Philharmonic in Białystok. Other works on the program will be Tchaikovsky’s Overture-Fantasy from Romeo and Juliet and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Op. 36. Then, on February 6th at 7:00 p.m., they will go to Olsztyn and perform the Violin Concerto with the Warmińsko-Mazurskiej Philharmonic Orchestra. Glinka’s Overture to the opera Rusłan i Ludmiła and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 will also be performed that evening.
Tomasz Tomaszewski was born in 1951 in Czechowice Poland. He studied at the Warsaw Music Academy and graduated with distinction, then continued his studies at the Conservatories in Leningrad and Freiburg. Currently living in Berlin and serving as the Concertmaster of the Deutsche Opera Berlin, since 1983 Mr. Tomaszewski has been a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. Since 1988, he is the founder and director of the chamber orchestra “Chamber Soloists of the Deutsche Opera Berlin” and also the director of the music summer courses in Giucholazy which is supported by the Polish Culture Ministry.
Tomasz Tomaszewski has made extensive tours with the “Polish String Quartet” and has won many competitions, for example the ARD Competition in Munich 1976, Belgrade 1975 and Colmar 1977. He is a much sought after soloist with concerts in Poland, Germany, Japan, China, U.S.A., Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Norway and France, and his many recordings for radio and on compact discs show his great talent, ability and versatility. [Biographical information from the Int’l Music Academy of Cagliari]
MARCIN DYLLA: U.S. TOUR
Following his success as the winner of the 2007 Guitar Foundation of America International Competition, Polish guitarist Marcin Dylla will be touring the U.S. through mid-March. Considered one of today’s leading guitar artists, Dylla will be appearing across the country, starting in Hartford, CT on Jan. 10 and covering every corner of the country (including San Jose and Orange, CA) until he concludes his tour in Sarasota, FL on March 21. For a full list of concerts and details, visit www.marcindylla.com.
Eastern Kentucky University, where Dylla will perform on Feb. 1, gives the following biography of this performer’s stellar career on their website:
Dylla has graced the stage of distinguished concert halls across the globe, including Konzerthaus, Musikverein and Palais Lobkovitz in Vienna, Austria; Auditorio Nacional and Auditorio Conde Duque in Madrid, Spain; St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall in Russia; Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo, N.Y.; Villa Hügel in Essen, Germany; and the Palazzina Liberty in Milan (Italy).
In 2006, Dylla received the singular honor of being selected by Cecilia Rodrigo, the daughter of renowned Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, to perform one of her father’s newly discovered works at the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. In Fall 2007 he toured the United States performing Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” in a number of concerts with the Fort Collins Symphony and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with various other orchestras in Europe and the United States, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Television Espanola (RTVE Madrid, Spain), St. Petersburg Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino (Italy) and the Essen Chamber Orchestra (Germany).
Born in Chorzow in 1976, Dylla received his first guitar lessons at the Ruda Slaska Music Conservatory in his native Poland. From 1995 to 2000 he studied at the Music Academy of Katowice with Adi Wanda Palacz. He then completed his studies with Oscar Ghiglia, Sonja Prunnbauer and Carlo Marchione at the Music Academies of Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg (Germany) and Maastricht (The Netherlands), respectively. [www.prm.eku.edu]
ART INSPIRED BY PENDERECKI’S OPERAS
An exhibition entitled W przestrzeni Uniwersum, w labiryncie śmierci [In the space of the Universe, in the labyrinth of death] is available for viewing in the Polish Stage Design Center in Katowice until March 1, 2009. Images presented are visual representations of the operas and cantatas of Krzysztof Penderecki, one of Poland’s most prominent living composers. The exhibition is a part of celebrations of Penderecki’s 75th birthday.
The exhibition includes sketches, costumes and decoration elements from the Polish premieres of such works as Diabły z Loudun [Devils of Loudun], Czarna Maska [Black Mask], Ubu Rex [King Ubu], Raj uracony [Paradise Lost], and the Saint Luke’s Passion. These decorations were created by some of the best Polish designers, such as: Andrzej Kreutz Majewski, Ewa and Franciszek Starowieyski, Zofia de Ines, Waldemar Zawodziński, and Małgorzata Słoniowska.
CHOPIN MANUSCRIPTS PURCHASED BY NIFC
The National Frederic Chopin Institute (NIFC) in Warsaw has purchased two priceless manuscripts of works by Chopin at Sotheby’s auction house in London. The first is of the Tarantella, op. 43, which is the only known original F. Chopin manuscript of this work. The second, Etude in F Minor from “Trois Nouvelles Etudes,” was previously considered lost. The total value of the two manuscripts is 590,000 British pounds. This purchase was possible thanks to the quick decision-making of Polish minister of culture, Bogdan Zdrojewski, who appropriated government funds for the purchase. The two manuscripts will join the collection of the Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
KRAKÓW OPERA GRAND OPENING
With six trapdoors, several stage wings, a computer-controlled acoustic ceiling, and a moveable orchestra pit… Kraków now has an opera house and theatre complex that ranks with the best in Europe.
The long-awaited opening of the new Kraków Opera headquarters took place on the 13th of December. The Great Stage was inaugurated with Krzysztof Penderecki's The Devils of Loudon, directed by Laco Adamik and conducted by Andrzej Straszynski. This choice of repertoire was guaranteed to test the capabilities of the opera house to the utmost. The gala opening was attended by the President of Kraków, Jacek Majchrowski, the Archbishop of Kraków, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, and several government ministers.
The modernistic building at 48 Lubicz Street, already a fixture on the cityscape of Kraków, was designed by Kraków architect Romuald Loegler and his associates Piotr Urbanowicz and Grzegorz Dresler. Construction began in 2004. The claret-colored walls of the opera house, the largest structure of the complex, with the Great Stage inside, are imposing to say the least. The grey building with its semicircular roof is uncannily reminiscent of the old Kraków Operetta, thereby keeping alive the memories of local opera lovers. The original building, which served as a horse riding school at the beginning of the twentieth century, has been incorporated into the modern Opera House in an especially creative way—it serves as the main entrance to the opera and ticket offices, and its upper floor holds the "Na Antresoli" Stage, whose foyer can be used as an Exhibition and Lecture Hall, and a gourmet restaurant. Besides the 700-seat Great Stage, which covers an area of 300 square meters, performance spaces also include the 200-seat “Na Antresoli” stage and a “Chamber Stage.” The ultramodern backstage equipment makes it possible to put on the most innovative performances.
NEW DIRECTOR OF THE CHOPIN INSTITUTE
Andrzej Sułek, the director of Łódź Philharmonic and respected music journalist, was appointed the new Director of the National Frederic Chopin Institute (NIFC) in Warsaw by Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (MKiDN).
Photo credit: MKiDN
Andrzej Sułek is a graduate of the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. For many years he worked for Polish Radio Channel 2 and last year was appointed the director of Łódź Philharmonic. He is a member of European Broadcasting Union, for which he is coordinating the “Chopin 2010” program. He is also a juror for the Borletti-Buitoni Trust, an international stipend trust.
A new book about Polish composer Witold Lutosławski was recently published. Lutosławski w pamięci [Lutosławski in Memories] by Grzegorz Michalski is a compilation of 20 interviews with fellow artists as they remember this great composer. Among those interviewed are Julia Hartwig, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krystyna Zachwatowiczowa, Andrzej Wajda, Marcin Bogusławski, Krystyna Witkowska, Halina Szpilmanowa, and Ryszard Kapuściński. The goal of these conversations was to bring to light a more private and personal side of Lutosławski.
The book was published by Słowo/Obrazy Terytoria Publishers in Gdańsk and is available for purchase on their website.
A GIFT FROM POLMIC
Our friends at the Polish Music Information Centre (www.polmic.pl) are giving away free access to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. All you have to do is register an account with Polmic and you will get instant access to the largest most definitive music dictionary in the world.
H.M. GÓRECKI AT 75
Read a brief but interesting and informative article about Polish composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki by Michał Kubicki in his report for the Polish Radio news service. Although a reclusive man by nature, Górecki’s stunning Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs” gave him international fame. The article H.M. Gorecki at 75 looks back at the composer’s career on this landmark anniversary and explores the experience of the founder of the Kronos Quartet, David Harrington, as he and his group premiere Górecki’s latest work, String Quartet No. 3 “Songs are Sung.”
Górecki in his studio at home.
AFFABRE CONCINUI IN CANADA
The Celebrity Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dr. Andrew Rozbicki presents the award-winning Polish chamber singers of Affabre Concinui at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The program, entitled “Viva Carnival,” will be presented on Saturday, January 31, at 4:00 and 7:30 p.m.
Affabre Concinui was formed in 1983 by alumni of two famous men's choirs in the city of Poznań. Their repertoire consists of well over 300 works ranging from Renaissance to contemporary, including many pop musical standards. Masterpieces in terms of arrangement infuse the audience with enthusiasm. The name of the ensemble, Affabre Concinui, comes from Latin and means "perfectly attuned," which is an artistic credo of the group.
Rowena Smith of The Herald in Scotland gave the group a 5 Star rating and likened the group to the King’s Singers in her review: “With tight, close harmony and the easy ability to swing a jazz rhythm, the six-man a cappella ensemble is perfectly at home in the pop side of the repertoire. Yet the group's expertise doesn't stop there, extending back to the scholarly realms of renaissance polyphony and the more obscure corners of the early music repertoire....immaculately blended and pitch-perfect delivery...jaw dropping arrangements...Half the fun lies in the incongruity of smartly suited performers delivering these pop songs in their ever-so-serious fashion, complete with additional musical effects....breathtaking." (August 11, 2008)
Mr. Hubert Rutkowski, President of the Theodor Leschetizky Music Society in Warsaw (est. 2007), met with Mrs. Sheila Simpson, President of the Leschetizky Association of New York. The Leschetizky Association of New York is the oldest organization in the world, having been established by Edith Sullivan Golde in 1942. The meeting took place at Mr. Rutkowski’s recital in the Yamaha Concert Hall on 14 November 2008. Theodor Leschetizky was a Polish pianist, teacher and composer. He was best known for having taught some of the greatest pianist of the 20th century, including I. J. Paderewski and Mieczysław Horszowski. As Janos Cegledy, President of Leschetizky Society of Japan, said: “These days, almost all pianists have some connections with Leschetizky.” This most recent meeting between leaders of the American and Polish Leschetizky organizations promises greater and wider propagation of this important musician’s legacy in the new year.
PENDERECKI CELLO COMPETITION
The first edition of the Krzysztof Penderecki International Cello Competition took place in Kraków between December 14 and 21, 2008. It was one of the highest points of the celebrations surrounding Penderecki’s 75th birthday.
11 cellists from around the world were invited to play in the three rounds of competition. The repertoire required included works by Bach, Bocchrini and Penderecki, as well as a free choice short recital.The final results, as decided by Krzysztof Penderecki – honorary chairman, Zdzisław Łapiński – chairman, Julius Berger, Enrico Bronzi, Min Ya Hyun, Ivan Monighetti and Arto Noras, are as follows:
DIAMOND BATON FOR SEMKOW
Jerzy Semkow, one of the greatest conductors in Poland today, has received the Diamond Baton Award. This honor is awarded by Polish Radio, for outstanding artistic creations and for the promotion of Polish music in and outside of Poland.
Jerzy Semkow, who celebrated his 80th birthday in 2008, is a graduate of the State Higher Music School in Kraków and later studied in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). He held positions with Leningrad Symphony, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, Warsaw National Opera, Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Italian Radio and TV Orchestra RAI, and Rochester Philharmonic, as well as guest conducting all major international ensembles. He has recorded for Columbia, EMI, Fona, and Polish Records. In 2000, he received the French “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and, in 2005, an honorary doctorate from the Warsaw Music Academy.
LUTOSŁAWSKI COMPETITION RESULTS
The International Composition Competition “Lutosławski Award 2008” took place between December 12 and 14 in Warsaw. The jury consisting of Louis Andriessen (Netherlands), Yi Chen (China/USA), Ivan Fedele (Italy), Yuki Morimoto (Japan/Austria) awarded the following prizes:
Honorary mentions were given to Wojciech Ziemowit Zych (Poland), Fred Lerdahl (USA) and Franco Cavallone (Italy).
In all there were 106 valid entries from all around the world. The competition was co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Warsaw.
POLITYKA’S PASSPORT NOMINATIONS
The popular Polish magazine Polityka [Politics] has announced nominations for its annual “Passport” awards. The Passports are given in the field of Literature, Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, Classical Music and Popular Music, to young artists who are original and who explore and cross artistic and geographic boundaries. This year’s artists chosen in the classical music category are Marcin Zdunik (cellist), Łukasz Długosz (flutist), and Artur Ruciński (baritone, voice).
The Passport Awards will be given during a special gala event in the National Theater-Grand Opera in Warsaw on January 13, 2009. To see a complete list of nominations in all categories, please visit www.polityka.pl.
Polish cellist Marcin Zdunik was announced the winner of the “New Talent” competition in Bratislava. The competition, organized under the patronage of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is open to young artists under 28 years of age, and the first round is based on recordings. Zdunik was entered into the competition by Polish Radio Channel 2 and competed with 26 other artists from 18 European countries. To win the final round, Zdunik performed Witold Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto.
Marcin Zdunik is currently a student at the F. Chopin Music University in Warsaw with Prof. Andrzej Bauer. He has already performed in St. Petersburg, Prague, Dortmund, Bratislava and around Poland.
For more information about the competition, please visit www.rozhlas.sk.
[Source: wiadomosci.polska.pl, Photo courtesy of artist's website]
HORAK WINS BETTETO PRIZE
Polish-Slovenian pianist Marina Horak was awarded the Betteto Prize for the year 2008. This award is bestowed by the Slovene Music Artists Association, in conjunction with the Slovenian Music Information Centre, for the best original achievements in the field of classical music. The award ceremony took place on Monday, December 22nd at the Association of Slovenian Writers in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
PIANO DUOS COMPETITION RESULTS
The Fourth International Piano Duos Competition was held in Białystok, Poland from 24-29 November, 2008. According to the news service of Polish Radio, this competition is the second most prestigious event of its kind, after the Piano Duo Competition in Miami, Florida. The winners of this year’s event are as follows:
Other awards given were given in the categories ofBest performance of the “Variations on Paganini’s Theme” by Witold Lutosławski and Best performance of Rondo C Major op.73 by Fryderyk Chopin. Both of these awards went to First Place winners Ping Lok Chau and Ting Lok Chau.
KAMYSZEW RECIEVES MAESTRO AWARD
Following the example of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who devoted his talents and life to elevating the people and culture of Poland, the goal of the of the Paderewski Association of Chicago is to raise the international community’s awareness of the achievements of Polish culture and to facilitate connections between Polish and American artists, artisans, entrepreneurs and the general public. In this spirit, the Association’s 2008 Maestro Award has been presented to Christopher Kamyszew.
Mr. Kamyszew is the founder of the Polish Film Festival in America (Chicago, IL) and its Honorary Chairman. The Polish Film Festival in America educates the public about contemporary Polish culture and builds international respect for Polish culture and heritage. Mr. Kamyszew is the second recipient of Paderewski Association’s Maestro Award—the previous recipient was Magdalena Abakanowicz, a renowned sculptor.
According to Urszula Lukaszuk, Marketing Coordinator for the Paderewski Association: “This award represents acknowledgement of artistic achievement and success in promoting Polish culture in the spirit of Ignacy Paderewski, who shared his talent and knowledge, whose personality inspired and still inspires, and whose patriotism and incredible humanitarian views define a caliber of which one must be worthy to receive this award.” [from the award press release]
The Award was presented during the Polish American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) annual Holiday Gathering at the Consulate General of Poland in Chicago on Thursday, December 11, 2008. This year’s award was sponsored by Mr. Stanley Boduch.
REPORT: 2008 FESTIVAL OF POLISH MUSIC - KRAKÓW
The 2008 Festival of Polish Music took place in Kraków from November 9th through November 16th. Many World Premieres took place, including: Wojciech KILAR - Te Deum for solo voices, choir and orchestra; Marcel CHYRZYŃSKI - BEELDEN for recorder, harpsichord and tape; Jerzy MAKSYMIUK - Norwidiana for two sopranos, mezzo-soprano and orchestra; Magdalena DŁUGOSZ - Poza ciszą [Beyond the Silence] for tape; Aleksander NOWAK - Quantemporette for clarinet, cello, trombone and piano (commissioned by the festival). The program offered an outstanding group of performers, repertoire and venues, the full details of which are available on the Festival website: www.fmp.org.pl/en/index.php?pokaz=program08
The crowded events were jam-packed with enthusiastic aficionados who appreciate excellent classical music. The music received much media attention and the press gave rave reviews. Tickets were in short supply and sold out early.
This music festival featured the best and brightest composers, performers, orchestras and soloists from Poland and abroad—both chamber and symphonic—providing an action-packed week of wonderful and enjoyable music. If you were not able to attend this year or in years past, you should surely plan to do so in the very near future. Kraków is one of the best cities for experiencing culture and its charm and history is incomparable to any other in Poland and abroad.
The excellent organization of this fourth edition of the Festival of Polish Music could not have been possible without Program Director Andrezj Kosowski, Organizational Director Pawel Orski, Promoter Izabella Oles, numerous media patrons, patrons, sponsors, and an army of volunteers.
Gary Fitelberg is a music critic and historian.
GLOWING REVIEW FOR ANDERSZEWSKI
Pianist Piotr Anderszewski performed a solo recital at the Chicago Symphony Center on December 7, 2008. The recital featured Bach’s Partita No. 2 and English Suite No. 6, Janácek’s In the Mists, and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110, followed by an encore of Bartók’s Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District and Schumann’s Romanze from Faschingsschwank aus Wien. Wynne Delacoma, a free-lance contributor the Chicago Sun-Times, includes the following words of praise in her review of the evening’s performance:
Read more here: www.suntimes.com.
KARŁOWICZ ON NAXOS
Mieczysław Karłowicz: Symphonic Poems (Volume 2)
Bitterly criticized by contemporaneous Polish critics as examples of “modernist chaos,” these six symphonic poems, composed between 1904 and 1909, are splendid Neo-Romantic works showing both Karlowicz’s intense admiration for Wagner, Tchaikovsky and Richard Strauss, and the scale of his own achievement. Read more about this recording from the news service of Polish Radio: www.polskieradio.pl/thenews/culture/?id=96975.
PENDERECKI ‘CHRISTMAS SYMPHONY’
Penderecki: Symphony No.2, Te Deum & Magnificat
Penderecki’s 2nd symphony, written for the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, was originally intended as a multi-movement work but on Christmas Eve 1979 he decided to complete it in one movement. The composition makes frequent use of the tune of the Christmas carol Silent Night. The collection also includes three choral works (Magnificat, Te Deum, and Lacrimosa) and the early work Kanon.
MARCIN DYLLA DVD
Wawel o zmierzchu [Wawel Castle at Dusk]
Marcin Dylla is thought by many critics to be one of the greatest guitarists of our times, and rightfully so, since in the past 13 years he has won 19 musical competitions all over the world. This latest DVD was recorded live at the Wawel Castle’s Stefan Batory Court, a space not usually available for visitors. This is the first ever live DVD recorded at the Castle.
NEW FROM DUX
Chopin, Complete Works for Piano Solo
Viva Vivaldi: Krzysztof Meisinger
Musical Heritage of the city of Gdańsk vol. 1
POLISH JAZZ FROM LA
Karolina Naziemiec – Introduction
Polish viola player and jazz singer, Karolina Naziemiec, joins together with many excellent Polish and American jazz musicians on her newly released debut, entitled Introduction. Recorded at B2 Studios in Los Angeles, the album was produced and released by the singer. Ms. Naziemiec is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music. Her new album has been made available free of charge for subscribers of Jazz Forum Magazine and it was highlighted in the December 2008 issue. To find learn more about Karolina Naziemiec and keep track of her engagements, please visit karolinanaziemiec.com.
SKOWRONSKI PLAYS BLOCH SONATAS
DICHOTOMY: The Sonatas of Ernest Bloch
A new release in the SKOWRONSKI PLAYS! Series, this recording features the only two Sonatas for violin and piano written by Ernest Bloch, as performed by Polish violinist Vincent P. Skowronski. This album, which is to be released in early 2009, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Ernest Bloch's death.
MARIUSZ PATYRA CD
Cztery Pory Roku [Four Seasons]
The Four Seasons is one of the most recorded compositions in the musical repertoire. What makes this recording special is the inclusion of Sonets by Antonio Vivaldi, which serve as sort of a guide through the seasons, as well as Sonet by Agnieszka Osiecka, all recited by Krzysztof Kolberger. The recording was engineered by Andrzej Lipiński and released by Sony BMG Poland.
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