Polish Music Newsletter

July 2004, Vol. 10, No. 7. ISSN 1098-9188. Published monthly.
Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California

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POLISH MUSIC CENTER NEWS


SUMMER CLOSURE

The Polish Music Center will be in a mode of limited operations from June 18th through July 18th. The collection will not be available for use during that time. Email and phone messages will be answered as often as possible. The Newsletter will continue on its monthly schedule. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.



NEWS

SZYMANOWSKI FOUNDATION AWARDS

   

The Szymanowski Foundation of Poland voted to award Dutch pianist, Reinild Mees (above left), and Polish soprano, Zofia Kilanowicz (above right), for the year 2003. The award ceremony took place on June 20th at the Hague in Holland during a concert sponsored by the Polish government, the Dutch Music Foundation Stihting Het 20-ste-eeuwse Lied [Songs of the 20th Century] and Channel Classics, which is releasing "The Complete Songs of Szymanowski".

Although an accomplished solo pianist, Ms. Mees has concentrated her activities on accompanying singers and instrumentalists in recitals; such artists as Elly Ameling, Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, Gerard Souray, Galina Vishnevskaja, among others. She has already recorded the Complete Songs of Ottorini Respighi and Franz Schreker and is currently recording all song cycles of Robert Schumman with German baritone Jochen Kupfer, playing a historical grand piano from Schumann's time.

According to the Szymanowski Foundation website, the award to pianist Reinild Mees was for her "initiating and realizing the recording of the complete songs of Karol Szymanowski and for promoting Polish music in Holland." She received two awards that evening. The Medal for promoting Polish culture from the Polish Ministry of Culture was presented by Ambassador Jan Michalowski, while the Szymanowski Prize was presented by Witold Juchniewicz, vice-president of the Polish foundation.

The award to soprano Zofia Kilanowicz was based on her "promotion and outstanding interpretation of Karol Szymanowski's songs, as well as for her world-wide performances of King Roger and the Stabat Mater.

Initial information on the award ceremony came to me from Teresa Chylinska, one of the founders of the Szymanowski Foundation and the foremost authority on the father of Polish contemporary music. Her work of more than 30 years has culminated in her editing his complete correspondence, which can serve as an example for all academic research authors to aspire to.

The award ceremony took place at the Nieuwe Kerk during a concert at which three Polish soloists (tenor Piotr Beczala, mezzo Urszula Krygier, and soprano Iwona Sobotka) and American soprano Juliana Gondek, who are featured on the new Channel Classics 4 CD-album, performed live. All the artists have won international acclaim and have performed in cities throughout Europe and, in the case of Juliana Gondek, in Asia.

Ms. Gondek is an Angeleno, born in Pasadena, California and a graduate of USC. Her late father was a Polish-American and the first vice-president of the Friends of Polish Music at USC when it was organized in 1981. Juliana has won many awards and Gold Medals and is a leading interpreter of baroque and contemporary music. She heads the Voice and Opera Studies Program at UCLA and is a Visiting Artist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and the Shanghai Opera Center.

Each of the artists is represented on one full CD. The very informative and beautifully presented brochure will present song texts in Polish, English, German and French. This is the first time that all of these beautiful songs have been recorded in full, thanks to Reinhild Mees' infatuation and enthusiasm with the songs. It is also important to note that the Dutch foundation organized the Dutch premiere of Szymanowski's opera, King Roger in 2000 with Zofia Kilanowicz and Piotr Beczala in leading roles.
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POLISH NATIONAL CHOPIN COMPETITION


30 June - 4 July (revised schedule)
Warsaw - Ostrogski Castle, Poland

The National Polish Piano Competition For Frederick Chopin Artistic Scholarships will be held by the Frederick Chopin Society in Warsaw from 30 June to 4 July, 2004. The competition was first organized in 1968 at the initiative of Victor Weinbaum, director of TiFC at that time. The purpose of the Scholarship Competition includes the promotion of young pianists as well as their preparation for the International F. Chopin Competition, which will take place next year. Apart from a possibility to participate in concerts organized by Fryderyk Chopin Society, the winners receive a material assistance with which to support the beginnings of their artistic careers.

For more information and a schedule of competition events, visit www.infochopin.pl or www.chopin.pl.


ESSAYS IN POLISH MUSIC

The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is offering several interesting essays on music on their website, www.culture.pl, this month.
  • Tadeusz Andrzej Zielinski, "Chopin: different shades of genius": "The beauty of Chopin's music, rare and unique, verges—one is tempted to say—on a miracle. Since this opinion runs somewhat counter to the fixed, common ideas about greatness in music, it has often been challenged by asking what sort of a genius would compose (almost) exclusively for piano, and mostly miniatures, dances and poetical fantasias instead of dozens of sonatas, symphonies, operas, oratoria and masses..."

  • Zbigniew Skowron, "Witold Lutoslawski - a classic of XXth-century music": "Witold Lutoslawski is the greatest Polish composer of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest music artists of the previous century. He was an honorary member of the International Society for Contemporary Music, a doctor honoris causa of many universities in Poland and abroad, including Kraków, Warsaw, Torun, Chicago, Glasgow, Cambridge, Durham and Cleveland, and also a professor teaching at Tanglewood, Darlington, Essen, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and other music schools..."

  • Tomasz Szachowski, "Polish jazz": "The jazz movement in Poland has a very long tradition. It is, however, impossible to precisely identify a date, an event or even a series of artistic facts that were the origin of this movement..."

  • Andrzej Chlopecki, "Contemporary Polish music": "The term 'Polish composers' school' was popularized in the early 1960s mainly by German music critics. This term was coined to name the specific style of Polish music in which the tone of sound is a foundation of the structure of a musical piece. The birth of the 'Polish composers' school' was possible as a result of the political détente after Stalin's death which in Poland led to a political crisis in 1956. That was a time of rejecting the personality cult in the sphere of politics, and social realism dogmas in the area of culture. Inauguration of the 'Warsaw Autumn' festival of contemporary music in October 1956 also played a significant role in the establishment of the 'Polish composers' school'..."


"POLISH PAGANINI" GUITARIST IN NY

Jacek Polak is not to be missed: clearly an emerging great in the art of the guitar—rock or otherwise. His renditions in a rock mode of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms combine speed, precision, and the utmost respect for the masters. Jacek and his brother Grzegorz on guitar and drums, respectively, founded their band in Mielec, Poland, in 1989, that year of big changes. They called the band, complete with keyboard and bass, "Mr. Pollack", and soon began taking the music festivals by storm with breathtaking renditions of "The Flight of the Bumble Bee" or Brahms' "Hungarian Dance", and a succession of increasingly popular CD's like Qri, Manhattan-One, and Air on Six Strings.

On his first visit to the United States, Jacek Polak—who has been called the "Paganini of the Guitar"—is performing solo, which affords an opportunity to hear the artistry of this emerging master with exceptional clarity. He is clearly a rising star.

Information about Jacek Polak and his performance were taken from www.polishculture-nyc.org.

Mr. Pollack will be in NY and NJ for 6 shows in July. See their website for dates and venues: www.mrpollack.pl.

BOOK ON OGINSKI

A book on Michal Kleofas Oginski (1765-1833) has been published by the Polish Cultural Foundation in London. It contains a bibliography and index. Oginski was an aristocrat, diplomat and amateur composer. His most famous legacy is in the ever popular Polonaise Powrot do ojczyzny [Return to Native Land]. He is best known for his melancholy and elegiac polonaises and his romantic songs.


PADEREWSKI IN RUSSIAN

The first book on Ignacy Jan Paderewski in Russian has been published. The book is a translation of Ronald Stevenson's work, Paradox Paderewskogo [The Paderewski Paradox], plus supplemental information added by Russian editor Mikhail Mishtchenko: an introduction "V poiskah Paderewskogo" ["In search of Paderewski"] by M.Mishtchenko; fragments from Russian critics about Paderewski; and a list of Paderewski's works. It is published with the generous permission of Mr.Stevenson and with the support of the General Consulate of Poland in St.Petersburg.


ACADEMIC FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

ACADEMIC FOUNDATION "POLONIA"

  • This is a new charitable foundation established to help Polish students and academicians during their studies at American Universities in Southern California, through financial, educational, and networking assistance.
  • For more information, contact the Foundation at (949) 206-9122 or (310) 465-1801.

    AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR POLISH CULTURE - dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Polish culture in America
  • Literary competition: encourages, endorses and rewards Polish and Polish-American writers in journalism and related literary fields.
  • Pulaski Scholarship Endowment Fund for Advanced Studies: has awarded five (5) $5000 scholarships in the last three (3) years.
  • ACPC Scholarship: awards for Polish-American youth who wish to study at a Polish University of their choice.
  • Skalny Scholarships: At least two (2) $1000 scholarships are awarded each year.
  • For more information, contact Anna Mae Maglaty at:
    35 Fernridge Rd.
    West Hartford, CT 06107-1425
    Tel: (860) 521-7621
    Email: amaglou@aol.com


    POLES MAKING FILMS

    Film has long been an art filled with talented artists of Polish decent. Two films are coming out this summer that feature Polish Directors of Photography:

    THE TERMINAL by Steven Spielberg
    Director of Photography: Janusz Kaminski

    DODGEBALL by Raawson Marshall Thurber
    Director of Photography: Jerzy Zielinski


    SUMMER FESTIVALS

    CRACOW JAZZ FESTIVAL

    10 July - 8 August

    Piwnica pod Baranami [The Cellar under the Rams] is one of the birthplaces of Polish jazz. This famous cabaret was founded in 1956, during the post-Stalin political relaxation, and it became a meeting place for Cracow's top jazz performers. Jerzy "Dudus" Matuszkiewicz, Andrzej Trzaskowski, Andrzej Kurylewicz, Wanda Warska were the founding personalities. They were joined by such musicians as Wojciech Karolak, Zbigniew Namyslowski, Andrzej Dabrowski and many others; together, they formed the artistic atmosphere of the Piwnica in the late 1950’s. Last, but certainly not least in the creation of the legendary Piwnica, was a group of jazz aficionados and promoters of particular importance, comprised of such famous Cracovians as Jerzy Skarzynski, Marian Elie, Leopold Tyrmand and the Ferster brothers.

    Jazz has always been vivid at the Piwnica. In the sixties, musicians like Tomasz Stanko, Zbigniew Seifert, Janusz Muniak, Jan Jarczyk, Janusz Stefanski were playing there, and in the seventies and eighties the next generation appeared, with Jarek ˙mietana, Krzysztof Scieranski, Andrzej Cudzich, Marek Balata, and JBBO. Each concert was important and had specific atmosphere.

    The Summer Jazz Festival at Piwnica Pod Baranami was organized in 1996. It is a developed continuation and culmination of 50 years of jazz at the Piwnica.

    Contact information:


    MUSIC IN BUSKO ZDROJ

    1 - 10 July
    Busko Zdrój - Sanatorium Marconi, Poland

    The tenth edition of the International Krystyna Jamroz Festival of Music in Busko Zdrój in Poland starts on July 1st. Because of the tenth anniversary of the Festival this year, the program is exceptionally interesting. The opening concert features Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki. Chopin music lovers can also expect their share of great emotions - the second day, "Chopin Day", will be filled with Chopin recitals by Hubert Salwarowski, Indre Zelvyte, Regina Smendzianka and a concert featuring such piano celebrities as Philippe Giusiano and Jerzy Stryjniak. Another highlight of the festival is the "Young Age Virtosos" concert, featuring Stanislaw Drzewiecki and Maria Machowska (5 July).

    For more information and a schedule of the festival (in Polish), visit http://www.wici.info/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2087.


    WARSAW SUMMER JAZZ DAYS

    24 June - 29 August
    Warsaw (various venues), Poland

    This festival aims to present and promote the most creative currents in contemporary jazz, no matter their origin. This year's special edition of the festival will span a period of ten weeks for the first time in its history and will feature jazz musicians from all parts of the world. Several dozen concerts have been scheduled and will take place at a broad range of venues around Warsaw, including the Congress Hall, the National Philharmonic, Krolikarnia Palace, Torwar Arena, the Traffic Club, as well as the square in front of the main entrance to the Palace of Culture and Science and the building's inner courtyard (Lapidarium). Satellite events will include the AUSTRIAN JAZZ DAYS, concerts organized in the "FRENCH JAZZ" series and as part of the NEW NEW YORKERS FESTIVAL, the TARGI POLSKIEGO JAZZU [Polish Jazz Trade Fair] and the WARSAW ELECTRONIC FESTIVAL. This extended edition of the jazz festival will feature a plethora of exciting events and will represent a first for Poland. Admittance to most concerts will be free of charge.

    For more information and a schedule of the festival (in Polish), visit www.adamiakjazz.pl.


    3rd CHOPINIANA FESTIVAL

    25 - 31 July
    Warsaw (various venues), Poland

    This festival is dedicated to all things Chopin. Performances and Lectures of the festival include: Chopin & Jazz, Laureates Recital, Solo e tutti, Inspirations, Operas of Frederick Chopin, At the Source of Chopin's Mazurkas, Nocturne, and the Piano Marathon. Visit www.infochopin.pl for more information on times and venues.


    RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES F. CHOPIN

    17 - 24 July
    Nohant, France

    The "Rencontres Internationales Frédéric Chopin" Festival was first organized in 1997 to pay homage to the composer, whose name is intertwined with the house of George Sand. Nowadays, the festival is organized each year and lasts through eight consecutive days of the second half of July. Festival events include concerts, master classes and conferences conducted by experts from all over the world. The Festival always begins with a concert-lecture in the house of George Sand. Young soloists from fine French and foreign musical schools participate in master classes during the week and give a closing concert at the end of the Festival. Classes and conferences are held at the Théâtre de la Châtre, concerts are held in Nohant.

    This year's festival celebrates the 200th anniversary of George Sand's birth. The organizers decided to emphasize the significance of the relationship of George Sand and Chopin for the composer's works. All of his pieces which were composed or completed in Nohant will be performed during this year's eighth edition of Rencontres Internationales Frédéric Chopin.

    The Festival will feature eminent pianists who will perform Chopin's best pieces composed in the years of 1840, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846 and 1847. Visit www.infochopin.pl for more information.


    AWARDS

    9th SEROCKI COMPOSER COMPETITION


    Kazimierz Serocki

    From 14th to 16th of May 2004, the Jury of the Kazimierz Serocki 9th International Composer's Competition met in Radziejowice Palace near Warsaw. Ninety-eight scores were submitted to the Competition from all over the world. Ten works had to be because of non-compliance with the competition rules.

    The Jury consisted of the following internationally-renowned composers: Zygmunt Krauze (Poland) – Chairman, Hanna Kulenty (Poland/Holland), Ana Lara (Mexico), William Kraft (USA) and Richard Tsang (Hong Kong). After examination of all submitted scores, the following prizes were awarded:

    • The Main Prize of the Polish Society for Contemporary Music founded by the Polish Ministry of Culture (USD 5.000) went to Thoma Simaku (Albania/Great Britain) for the composition Plenilunio II per Orchestra d’Archi.

    • The Second Prize founded by The Mayor of the City of Warsaw (USD 2.000) was awarded to Carlo A. Landini (Italy) for the composition Concerto da camera per 13 archi.

    • The Third Prize founded by The Culture Foundation (USD 1.500) went to Stefano Bonilauri for the composition Otto Variazioni.

    • The Fourth Prize founded by The Society of Authors ZAiKS (USD 1.000) was given to David Mark Richey (Great Britain) for the composition Tableaux.

    • PWM Edition's Special Prize for the Youngest Winner was the complete set of CD's and scores "Masterpieces of Polish Music in the 20th Century", which went to Stefano Bonilauri.

    The awarded compositions were performed on 6th of June 2004 at 8pm, during a special concert organized by the ISCM Polish Section and Polish Radio Lutosławski's Concert Hall.

    Visit the official website of the competition at www.ptmw.art.pl.


    CHORAL SONG IN MIEDZYDROJE

    The following choirs were the prize winners at the 39th International Festival of Choral Song in Miedzydroje:

    First prize: the Russian Women's Choir "Podmoskowej" from Stupin, conductor Waldimir Gruniciew.

    Second Prize: the Youth Choir "Tutti Cantemus" from Warsaw, conductor Izabela Tomaszewszka.

    Third Prize: the Men's Choir "Cantores Minores" from St. John's Cathedral in Warsaw, conductor Joseph Herter.

    The director of the festival is Dr. Richard Zielenski, conductor of CHAPS, the Chor Akademicki Politechniki Szczecinskiej [Szczecin Politechnical Chorus], artistic director of the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and professor of choral cnducting at the University of South Florida in Tampa.


    CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCES

    STANKO ON NPR

    Polish jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stanko was featured on the NPR show Day to Day on 25 June, 2004. Music commentator David Was discussed the jazz great's recent North American tour in relation to his development as a musician. Stanko has been called "Poland's answer to Miles Davis". This comparison means more to Stanko than a good PR phrase. He sees Davis as a his personal teacher, both in music and in life. He learned from Davis the importance of being democratic with your fellow players, to share the spotlight and the glory. This was important to Stanko's experience, and that of his audience, in the 1960's, when jazz was protest music against the Communist rule. Today, Stanko still keeps his finger on the pulse of his audience, and rides the cutting edge of jazz. To learn more about Tomasz Stanko and his quartet, see our article in last month's newsletter.

    For a recording or transcript of this NPR program, visit www.npr.org.


    PTI PRESENTS MOSZKOWSKI

    The Polish Theatre Institute of New York headed by Nina Palo, its director, presented an unusual program at the Polish Consulate in New York City on June 20th. The concert was composed of songs and piano works of the Polish composer Maurice Moszkowski (1854-1925), whose best-known work are the Spanish Dances for piano.

    The concert included four-hand arrangements of Moszkowski's Polish, Spanish and German Dances performed by the incomparable pianist and artistic director of the PTI, Pablo Zinger, and pianist Miriam Conti. The rarely heard songs were sung by Malgorzata Flaszkiewicz and Robin Rubendunst. The Polish Music Center assisted in this artistic endeavor by sending two songs found in its Walter Martin Collection of over 3,000 Polish art songs to Mr. Zinger, who also served as accompanist to the singers.


    HALKA ON TWARDOWSKI'S CLIFFS

    For four nights (24-27 June, 2004), Opera Krakowska performed Moniuszko's Halka with a very appropriate backdrop. This opera's wonderful scenes depicting the life of the Polish gentry and highlanders, as well as spectacular dance sequences, was a perfect match for Twardowski's Cliffs, an uncommonly picturesque site just outside of Krakow that features excellent views of Wawel Castle, Skalka Church and a bend in the Vistula River. The stage area is surrounded by high limestone cliffs that provide good acoustic conditions.

    This spectacular production featured some of the newest in stage devices and involve almost 300 artists and extras. It was staged and directed by Krzysztof Jasinski, with musical direction by Wojciech Michniewski, choreography by Emil Wesolowski, stage movement devised by Anatol Kocydlowski, scenery designed by Piotr Sobanski, and costumes by Magda Teslawska and Pawel Grabarczyk. The Ballet and Orchestra of the Krakow Opera accompanied a drove of outstanding soloists, including Ewa Biegas and Maria Mitrosz alternating in the title role, Maciej Komander and Tomasz Kuk as Jontek, Przemyslaw Firek and Janusz Borowicz as the Esquire, Andrzej Biegun and Andrzej Szkurhan as Janusz, and Edyta Piasecka and Joanna Tylkowska as Zofia.

    Information about this performance was taken from the website of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, www.culture.pl.


    CALENDAR OF EVENTS

  • JUL 5: Chopin: Barcarolle and Ballade & other composers. Paul Lewis, piano. BBC Radio. 7:30 -9:30 p.m. Broadcast of performance from Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. www.rfh.org.uk.

  • JUL 8: Penderecki: Flute Concerto. Lorna McGhee, flute. Festival Orchestra, Penderecki, cond. Oregon Bach Festival.

  • JUL 9: Chopin: Mazurkas, Waltzes & Berceuse. Schubert: Piano Sonata. St. George's, Bristol, Eng. www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk.

  • JUL 10: Piano Duets by the Sea—Rebecca Jeffers and Angela Carlson. Program: Joanna Bruzdowicz's 4-hand piano piece, Esitanza. Lincoln City, Oregon at the St. John the Redeemer Church. 7:30 PM.

  • JUL 11: Music by Chopin, Novak & Rachmaninov. Lukas Vondracek, piano. International Piano Week, Ribble Valley, England. www.rvipw.org.uk.

  • JUL 16: Music by Chopin, Schumann & others. Emma Johnson, cl., John Lenehan, piano. Wyanstone Summer Series.

  • JUL 16: Chopin: Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise. Christopher O'Reilly, piano. Minnesota Orchestra. Patrick Summers, cond.

  • JUL 18: Marek Kudlicki, organ. Concerts features some Polish composers. Essex Community Church, Essex, NY.

  • JUL 24: Preisner Film Music. Performance Channel, England. 8:05 p.m. Sky Digital Channel 259. www.performance-channel.com.

  • JUL 25: "Ohlsson Plays Chopin." New York Philharmonic, Bramwell Tovey, cond. Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Beaver Creek, CO. www.vailmusicfestival.org. 877-812-5700.

  • JUL 25: Music by Chopin, Wieniawski, Moszkowski & Prokofiev. Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony, v. Oril Shaham, p. Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO. www.aspenmusicfestival.com. 202-464- 4600.

  • JUL 26: Marek Kudlicki, organ. Spreckels Organ Pavilion. San Diego, CA. 7:30 p.m.

  • JUL 30: Wieniawski: Polonaise Brillante in A. James Ehnes, v., Eduard Laurel, p. Festival of the Sound, Ontario, Canada. www.festivalofthesound.on.ca.
  • * For more Concerts in Poland, visit the website of Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzycne and search their concerts page. For events in France's Nova Polska Festival (a year-long celebration of one of the newest members of the E.U.), visit the June page of www.nova-polska.pl. *



    DISCOGRAPHY

    by Wanda Wilk


    KURKOWICZ PLAYS BACEWICZ

    Polish-born violinist, Joanna Kurkowicz, is a professor at Williams College near Boston and concertmeister of the Boston Philharmonic. In a featured article in Nowy Dziennik by Jerzy Barankiewicz of San Diego, we learn about her Polish background, as well as her affiliations with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston and the Chamber Music Festival of Plymouth, Massachusetts, since her arrival in the U.S. in 1992.

    The new CD, to be released by Chandos, will fill in a void in the recorded repertoire of Grazyna Bacewicz's (1909-1969) violin music, with the premiere recording of Capriccio for violin and piano. It will also include Sonatas No. 4 & 5, Oberek No. 1, and Sonata for violin solo and Partita. The program notes have been written by "our" author Judith Rosen, who wrote the very first book ever on this outstanding woman composer of the 20th century as the second monograph of the Polish Music History Series. This series was initiated by Wanda Wilk and published by the Friends of Polish Music at USC.


    MONIUSZKO REVIEWED IN BBC MUSIC

    EMI 5 57489 2
    Moniuszko: The Haunted Manor
    Adam Kruszewski, Iwona Hossa, Anna Lubanska, Krzysztof Szmyt, Stefania Toczyska, Polish National Opera Chorus & Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk, cond.

    In the July issue of the BBC Music Magazine, Jan Smaczny gives the new recording of Moniuszko's The Haunted Manor a four-star rating. He tells us in his review that the opera was composed in the 1860s, and has "much the same status in Poland that "The Bartered Bride" has in the Czech Republic...Unsurprisingly, the opera proved hugely successful at its premiere, in fact so successful that a jumpy Russian censorship pulled the plug on it and Warsaw did not hear it again until the 20th century." The critic continues to praise conductor Kaspszyk for a "fine ensemble performance. The orchestral playing is vivid and, if there are no truly outstanding voices, there are certainly no weak links in the cast...Overall, this well recorded performance does this iconic work full justice." I would like to add that there truly is a beautiful aria for tenor in this opera. Nmon Ford Levine sang it beautifully in Polish, while he was a student at USC, before his voice settled into the wonderful baritone that he now is.


    PENDERECKI VIOLIN SONATAS REVIEWED

    NAXOS 8.557253
    Penderecki: Violin Sonatas Nos 1 & 2, Miniatures (1959), Cadenza for solo viola (arr. violin).
    Ida Bieler, v. Nina Tichman, p.

    Anthony Burton gives this recording three stars in the July issue of BBC Music Magazine largely because the "two European-based Americans [are] efficient but lacking in tonal clarity and allure (and with the piano sometimes too dominant in the balance)... The Second Violin Sonata of 2000, recorded here for the first time, is one of the altogether conservative works of Penderecki's more recent years."


    KEMPF PLAYS CHOPIN

    BIS SACD-1390
    Chopin: Etudes, Opp. 10 7 25.
    Freddy Kempf, piano.

    Adrian Jack gives this CD four stars. He compares it to Murray Perahia's recording of the Etudes throughout his review and concludes, "In sum, a fine performance, but lacking Perahia's expressive maturity and sense of each piece's overall character and shape."




    ANNIVERSARIES

    BORN THIS MONTH:

    • July 04, 1904 - Artur MALAWSKI, composer (d. 1957)
    • July 06, 1837 - Władysław ŻELEŃSKI, composer (with a doctorate in philosophy, d.1921)
    • July 09, 1931 - Eugeniusz KNAPIK, composer
    • July 10, 1936 - Jan Wincenty HAWEL, composer and conductor
    • July 10, 1835 - Henryk WIENIAWSKI, violin virtuoso & composer (d. 1880, Moscow)
    • July 10, 1929 - Tadeusz STRUMIŁŁO, musicologist (d. 1956)
    • July 13, 1775 - Antoni Henryk RADZIWIŁŁ, composer, cellist, patron of arts (d. 1833)
    • July 14, 1926 - Jan KRENZ, conductor & composer
    • July 16, 1947 - Grażyna PSTROKONSKA-NAWRATIL, composer
    • July 17, 1932 - Wojciech KILAR, composer
    • July 22, 1930 - Leoncjusz CIUCIURA, composer
    • July 23, 1884 - Apolinary SZELUTO, composer (Young Poland group, d. 1966)
    • July 26, 1928 - Tadeusz BAIRD, composer (d. 1982)
    • July 26, 1922 - Andrzej KOSZEWSKI, composer (choral music)
    • July 29, 1943 - Marta PTASZYŃSKA, composer & percussionist

    DIED THIS MONTH:

    • July 1, 2001 - Halina CZERNY-STEFANSKA (b. 1922, pianist)
    • July 6, 1911 - Kazimierz HOFMANN (b. 1842, pianist, composer, father of the renowned virtuoso and director of Curtis Institute, Józef Hofmann)
    • July 8, 1906 - Franciszek BORNIK (b. 1870), priest, conductor, writer
    • July 21, 1964 - Zygmunt SITOWSKI (b. 1906), musicologist
    • July 23, 1829 - Wojciech BOGUSŁAWSKI (b. 1757), the first theatre director in Poland, the author of several opera libretti (set by J. Stefani and J. Elsner)
    • July 25, 1831 - Maria SZYMANOWSKA (b. 1789), pianist & composer




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    The publication of this Newsletter is made possible by a generous donation
    from the Dr. & Mrs. Matthew S. Mickiewicz Family Fund, California.

    Send your comments and inquiries to: polmusic@usc.edu

    Newsletter Editors: Wanda Wilk and Krysta Close.

    Contributions from: Joseph Herter
    Sources of information: Polish Cultural Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Gramophone,
    BBC Music Magazine, PWM, Nowy Dziennik, NPR,
    American Record Guide, infochopin.pl.
    Formatting by Krysta Close, 7/02/2004.