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Muzyka Polska Dzisiaj - kolekcja płyt



Muzyka Polska Dzisiaj - kolekcja płyt The CD series Polish Music Today - Portraits of Contemporary Polish Composers was inaugurated in 2013 by Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC in co-operation with Polish Radio SA, thanks to the generous support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Ten audio CDs have been released, each dedicated to one contemporary Polish composer. Different generations of composers, living in both Poland and abroad, are represented in this series. They are: 

Zbigniew Penherski
Lidia Zielińska

Magdalena Długosz
Tadeusz Wielecki
Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz

Jacek Grudzień

Jarosław Siwiński

Michał Talma-Sutt

Ewa Trębacz

Aleksander Kościów  

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Stanisław Skrowaczewski dies at 93 PDF Print E-mail

ss Polish conductor, composer and an honorary member of the Polish Composers’ Union Stanisław Skrowaczewski died on February 21, 2017 in Minneapolis at the age of 93.

Born in Lviv in 1923, he began studying piano and violin at age 4 and by age 7 he had composed his first work for orchestra. After the war, he moved to Krakow, where he studied at the Academy of Music under Roman Palester (composition) and Walerian Bierdiajew (conducting). In 1947-49 he studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. In the 1940s and 50s, the artist moved through several orchestras in Poland – he conducted the Wrocław Philharmonic, the Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice (1949-54), the Krakow Philharmonic (1954-56) and in 1956 he became the permanent conductor of Warsaw's National Philharmonic Orchestra. His career began to open up internationally after he won the Santa Cecilia Competition in Rome in 1956, which led to an invitation from conductor George Szell to conduct the Cleveland Orchestra in 1958. At that time he began working abroad on regular basis.

In 1960 he moved to the US, where he accepted the position of music director of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now known as the Minnesota Orchestra). He held that title for 19 years. Skrowaczewski served as a regular guest conductor at orchestras like the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as principal conductor of England's Hallé Orchestra from 1984 to 1991, and as principal conductor of Japan's Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra beginning with 2007.

Awarded for his contribution to promotion and preservation of Polish culture, Stanisław Skrowaczewski performed in Poland for the last time at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław in 2016.

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Chamber Music at Łódź Philharmonic PDF Print E-mail

fA concert featuring chamber works by Wojciech Kilar, Benedykt Konowalski, Waldemar Kazanecki and Henryk Kuźniak will be held on February 28, 2017 at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź.

The concert will be performed by the members of the Łódź Philharmonic’s Orchestra who had programmed its every detail, from repertoire to instrumentation. The audience will be presented with a variety of chamber compositions that were written for double bass duo, string quartet, wind trios, string quintet and other ensembles. Apart from works by Polish composers, the artist will perform compositions by Vittorio Monti, Giovanni Bottesini, Astor Piazzolla, Norman Hallam, Peter Hope, Marc Berthomieu, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin and others.

Tickets available on-line at: www.filharmonialodz.bilety24.pl

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The Metropolitan Opera - live in HD: “Rusalka” by Antonín Dvořák PDF Print E-mail

m Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka will be broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera on February 25, 2017 at 35 cinemas across Poland.

Dvořák’s ninth opera is one of the most successful Czech operas. First performed in Prague on March 31, 1901, it became an enormous success in the composer’s native country and soon gained recognition also abroad. The Czech libretto was written by the poet Jaroslav Kvapil based on the fairy tales of Karel Jaromír Erben and Božena Němcová. Rusalka (i.e. a watersprite from Slavic mythology, usually inhabiting a lake or river) is in many ways an example of late Romanticism, containing folklore, evocations of the natural and the supernatural worlds, and a poignant interpretation of the idea of love and death. The plot contains elements which also appear in The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen and Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué.

The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season, the 50th anniversary of its home at Lincoln Center, features 225 opera performances of 26 operas in a varied repertory that ranges from 18th century masterpieces to one of the most acclaimed operas in recent years. The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits Met performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters in 70 countries around the world, continues for its 11th season and includes the broadcast of 10 performances from the season.

More information: www.kinopraha.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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4th Krakow Cello Spring PDF Print E-mail

kww 2017 edition of the Krakow Cello Spring will be held between February 23 and 26 at the Academy of Music and Philharmonic in Krakow.

The line-up includes 3 chamber concerts featuring compositions by Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos (Bachianas brasileiras performed by 16 cellists under Lars Loefs on February 23), works for cello solo and cello duo by Polish and Brazilian composers (February 24), and famous tunes written by Ennio Morricone (presented by Luca Pincini and Gilda Buttà on February 25), as well as a symphonic concert which will conclude the event on February 26 with works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka and Franz von Suppe performed by Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Krakow under Ivan Monighetti.

Admission free.

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Film music by Wojciech Kilar. Andrzej Wajda in memoriam PDF Print E-mail

pfb Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk will perform famous compositions by Wojciech Kilar written for films by Zanussi, Konwicki, Wajda and Polański. The concert will be held on February 24, 2017.

The programme includes such works as Orawa, Kościelec, Mazur from Zemsta (The Revenge), Waltz from The Promised Land, Polonaise from Pan Tadeusz, Allegro from September Symphony, music from A Chronicle of Amorous Accidents, The Shadow Land, The Leper, and Dracula.

The Orchestra will be led by Jerzy Maksymiuk who is a distinguished promoter of contemporary music and - as a co-author of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, was a member of its Programme Committee for several years.

Tickets available on-line at: www.bilety24.pl

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Lithuanian Accent PDF Print E-mail

f Pomerianian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Modestas Pitrėnas will perform Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 by Karol Szymanowski on February 24, 2017.

The programme includes also Iceberg Symphony by Lituanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė (*1975) and Symphony in D minor by César Franck. The solo part in Szymanowski’s masterpiece will be interpreted by Petras Geniušas. Born into a musical family in Vilnius, the pianist graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music under Jurgis Karnavičius and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Vera Gornostayeva. A series of highest awards at the prestigious piano competitions (including the 2nd prize at Pilar Bayona Piano Competition in Zaragoza in 1989, 1st prize at the Y.C.A.A. International Piano Competition in Oberlin in 1991 and 1st prize at the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition in 1992) confirmed his reputation as one of the most accomplished pianists of his generation. In addition to regular engagements in Lithuania, Petras Geniušas has toured over forty countries around the world, and performed at the world’s major concert venues including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, New York Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo Geijitsu Geikijo, and Vienna’s Musikverein. He recorded several critically acclaimed CDs for different labels in Germany, Japan and Lithuania. In recognition of his wide-ranging concert activities and artistic accomplishments, he became the recipient of the Lithuanian National Award (1992) and WIPO Creativity Award (2004). In 2015, he was awarded the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas.

Tickets available on-line at: www.bilety24.pl

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Symphonic Concert at Sudety Philharmonic PDF Print E-mail

fs Cellist Tomasz Strahl and the Sudety Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Krzysztof Kozakiewicz will perform compositions by Mozart, Haydn, Beehoven and Górecki on February 24, 2017.

The soloist will perform Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1 by Joseph Haydn and Elegy by Mikołaj Górecki, which he premiered in 2015 during the Festival of World Premieres in Katowice. The audience will also be presented with 2 symphonic works, namely Overture to opera La clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 2 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven.

More information: Facebook event

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Open Call for Classical:NEXT 2017 PDF Print E-mail

iam Adam Mickiewicz Institute provides music managers, promoters, editors and artistic directors of Polish festivals with an opportunity to apply for financial support related to the participation in the Classical:NEXT 2017 fairs, which will be held on May 17-20, 2017 in Rotterdam.

Classical:NEXT was born out of the simple idea to bring the diverse scenes of classical music together and offer them a forum to exchange and develop new ways for classical and contemporary music. Since the first edition in 2012, about 3000 classical music professionals from more than 1000 companies and from over 45 countries have engaged with Classical:NEXT and made it into the world's most important classical music meeting.

Classical:NEXT 2016 in Rotterdam saw: 1200 Delegates representing 700 companies coming to Rotterdam from 46 countries, 4 days featuring 245 exhibiting companies and organizations at the expo, 155 artists performing live at the showcase concerts, 80 speakers leading panel discussions, network meetings, project pitches, "Lunch with the Residents" concerts, a Fellowship programme, a Classical Music Mini Rave and 1 Innovation Award with winners selected from among 21 pioneering projects by all members of C:N NET.

Deadline for submitting applications: February 24, 2017

Application form available at: www.iam.pl

More information: www.classicalnext.com

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Chamber Concert at NOSPR PDF Print E-mail

nViolinist Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne, horn player Krzysztof Tomczyk and pianist Piotr Sałajczyk will perform works by Beethoven, Lutosławski and Ligeti on February 23, 2017 at the Concert Hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The artist will interpret Sonata in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Partita for violin and piano by Witold Lutosławski and Trio by György Ligeti. Partita is one of the most important works by Lutosławski, written over the course of 2 months in 1984. It was commissioned by violinist Pinchas Zukerman who, at that time, held the position of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and soon became a significant part of the violin repertoire. Having listened to Anne-Sophie Mutter perform his piece, Lutosławski arranged it for violin and orchestra.

Tickets available on-line at: www.nospr.org.pl

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