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Album premiere: "Edward Pałłasz – Choral Works" (DUX)

DUXEdward Pałłasz  Choral Works presents the rich and diverse oeuvre of Edward Pałłasz in the field of choral music as performed by the Czestochowa Philharmonic Choir conducted by maestro Janusz Siadlak. The album released by DUX Recording Producers will be out for sale from 4 December 2020.

In Polish culture Pałłasz is seen as an icon of musical talent – he was self-taught in composition, which was not very popular in the 20th century. Nevertheless, with his imagination and enormous talent, he reached personal perfection in creating complex, extremely interesting musical works.

A cappella music in Pałłasz's output is a carrier of tradition (be it regional – Kashubian, or national), but also a proof of a characteristic and individual view of the composition. The latest album of the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir is a kind of review of the composer's choral legacy  it includes both lyrical works to Osip Mandelstam's poems, Kashubian carols and sacred music.

Edward Pałłasz  Choral Works is the third in a series of DUX monographic albums by Polish contemporary composers recorded by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir conducted by Janusz Siadlak. Previous releases include Juliusz Łuciuk – Choral Works and Romuald Twardowski. Sacrum * Profanum, which has been recognized by the artistic community with a nomination for the Fryderyki 2020 award.

The project organiser is the Institute of Art Development. The partners are the ZAiKS Authors' Association and the Częstochowa Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.dux.pl/ 

The premiere of Michał Janocha's interactive online opera 

JanochaThe premiere of Michał Janocha's interactive online opera Jest na to czas i miejsce [There is a time and place for this], the form of which depends on the viewers' imagination, will take place on 29 November 2020 at 8.00 p.m.

There is a time and place for this is a project that combines the features of opera, interactive film, video game and broadly understood audio-visual and intermedia art. The course of the opera takes the form of branched variants. It is the choices made by the viewer that determine the continuity of events, and above all their perception and meaning. During key scenes, the viewer will be asked to make a choice or to interact with the work in some other way.

The libretto was created as a synthesis of literary works by Sophocles, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, George Orwell, Marry Shelley, Bruno Schulz, Franz Kafka and others. Common threads and issues presented in these works create the content of the opera. Similarly, the heroes, whose features belong to many personalities, represent operatic characters "from many worlds at the same time". The source of the text is also the composer's dialogue with the Mitsuku chatbot (Kuki by Pandorabots®) – artificial intelligence, a 5-time winner of the Loebner award (awards for the most humanoid AI). In There is a time and place for this, the viewer will have the opportunity to take an active part in this dialogue. The opera will be premiered by: Zuzanna Caban, Marta Kosiorek, Piotr Sędkowski, Damian Żebrowski and the Trans-for-Matha Ensemble – an orchestra specializing in the performance of contemporary music, which was founded in 2018 in Poznań by Michał Janocha and Dominik Puk.

The project was implemented under the scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Culture on the Web".

The opera will be presented at: https://www.trans-for-matha.com/multimedia 

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"Opuses online" – a series of three concerts by Marcin Masecki and Barbara Kinga Majewska

Teatr StudioA series of three online concerts by Marcin Masecki and Barbara Kinga Majewska, which will start on 29 November 2020 at 6.00 p.m., presents outstanding works of European music literature in unexpected, sometimes risky but always justified contexts.

The performers treat music not only as a source of sensual pleasure, but also as an intellectual task. The method here is to study the relationship between music and geography, architecture, and the history of war tactics. Taking the scores as a starting point, Majewska and Masecki find something very modern in classical works: a record of the world knocked off balanace, in a process of continuous transformation. The Protestant chant easily turns into a song that is lost in recitation, and the polyphonic madrigal becomes a monody with an operatic narrative.

The programme of the artists' duo will include Polish music: Ignacy Kossobudzki's Temu tylko pług a socha to words by Maria Konopnicka, Jadwiga Sarnecka's Tenebrae and Lux ​​in Tenebris, Karol Szymanowski's Three Soldier's Songs, Stanisław Moniuszko's Benedictus from the collection Masses and Church Songs and Departure for War to words by Jan Czeczot.

The concert will be broadcast on the platform https://www.vod.teatrstudio.pl/ 

Co-financed under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.


ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union – Wrocław Branch invites you to a series of concerts "I choose Contemporary Music", which will be held between 28 November and 15 December 2020. The concerts will present a wide range of works by Wrocław composers, who represent different generations and compositional trends.

The first concert entitled ORGANS #ZKP will be live streamed from the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross in Ostrów Tumski on 28 November at 6.00 p.m. Piotr Rojek will perform organ compositions by the younger generation of Wrocław composers: Lullaby by Leszek Wisłocki, Conatus by Krystian Kiełb, Proxima Centauri by Mateusz Ryczek and Autumnal Rosaria by Ryszard Klisowski. He will also perform three world premieres: Katarzyna Dziewiątkowska's Vigilio, Grzegorz Wierzba's Air Constellation and Anna Porzyc's Irrestible.

The concert is co-financed by the Wrocław Commune and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

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Resounds. New Polish Music online

SVThe upcoming "Resounds" concert, streamed live for the first time on the Internet, will provide an opportunity to look at the diverse music of the 20th and 21st centuries. On 28 November 2020 at 8.00 p.m. Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Bassem Akiki will perform works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Eugeniusz Knapik, Bogusław Schaeffer, Marta Ptaszyńska, Barbara Buczek, and the conductor himself.

Krzysztof Penderecki's music will be placed in a broader context, juxtaposed with pieces by other contemporary composers, both representatives of the same schools or musical trends and opposite traditions.

The concert will begin with Penderecki's Entrata, a fanfare for wind instruments and timpani written in the 1990s. The piece will dialogue with Analogies for 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 4 percussions by Bogusław Schaeffer – a versatile artist, composer, playwright, musicologist and graphic artist, "father of new Polish music". The programme will also include rarely performed Dikolon by Barbara Buczek (Buczkówna), an outstanding but forgotten student of Schaeffer. Then we will hear two works composed for the Polish Chamber Orchestra (the predecessor of Sinfonia Varsovia) and Jerzy Maksymiuk: La novella d'inverno (Winter's Tale) by Marta Ptaszyńska and Islands by Eugeniusz Knapik. The concert will end with Bassem Akiki's Huis Clos – an enigmatic piece commissioned by Sinfonia Varsovia and created this year during the spring lockdown.

The concert will be live streamed on Sinfonia Varsovia’s YouTube channel and Facebook.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Young Musicians for a Young City 2.0 online

MMMMAfter 40 years of hibernation, the Young Musicians for a Young City Festival will resume in Stalowa Wola on 27–28 November 2020. The concerts will take place without the audience and will be recorded and broadcast online.

The reactivated Festival is an important part of the history of the city of Stalowa Wola, as well as a significant point in the modern history of music. The MMMM [Młodzi Muzycy Młodemu Miastu] Festival, held in the years 1975-1980, brought together a young generation of composers called the "Stalowa Wola Generation". Musicians, ambassadors of Stalowa Wola: Ewa Strusińska, Marcin Albert Steczkowski and Aleksandra Kopp, as well as composers active during the first editions of the MMMM Festival – Eugeniusz Knapik and Aleksander Lasoń, were invited to reactivate the MMMM 2.0 Festival.

This year's online edition of the event includes concerts of famous Polish artists  – Zygmunt Krauze and proMODERN ensemble – as well as the final concert of the "Young Musicians for a Young City Festival 2.0" Composers' Competition. Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble, one of the best ensembles specializing in the performance of contemporary music, will present pieces by the competition finalists: Viacheslav Kyrylov, Krystian Neścior, Jakub Pawlak, Kamil Polak and Filip Sporniak. The concert will be followed by the announcement of the winners and the award ceremony.

Full programme is available at: http://mmmmfestiwal.pl/ 

Poznań Philharmonic | Don't you know it? Listen then

pIt can be said that the next Internet Concert scheduled for Friday 27 November 2020 at the Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznań Philharmonic is a… double jubilee concert. In 2020 we celebrate the 95th death anniversary of Roman Statkowski, coming from Szczypiorno near Kalisz, and the 200th birthday anniversary of Michał Bergson.

Roman Statkowski composed the two-act opera Filenis, based on a libretto inspired by Herman Erler’s drama, in 1987. The work had to wait seven years for the Warsaw premiere. It was not staged until a year after an international success in 1903, when the piece won the 1st prize at an international competition in London. Filenis, as well as the second opera of the composer, Maria (based on the same-titled poetic novel by Antoni Malczewski) are among the most outstanding artistic achievements of Roman Statkowski.

By that concert the Poznań Philharmonic would like to present the figure of Michał Bergson, a Polish composer of Jewish origin. The Bergson family, which included numerous eminent merchants and bankers, had played a significant role in creating the city of Warsaw for several generations. Incorporating the music of Michał Bergson in the concert’s repertoire was directly inspired by the discovery of the manuscript of Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62 in a London antiquarian bookshop and its purchase by the Poznań Philharmonic. The finder was Jonathan Plowright, an excellent British pianist, who will perform the concerto and who, along with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz, recorded an album with Michał Bergson’s music. The CD, published by DUX label and titled "Michał Bergson, Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62/ Music from the opera Luisa di Monfort" was released at the beginning of November and is another world premiere in the discography of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra.

The recording will be available on the Poznań Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf's debut album "ReViolation" out for sale

ReVIOLAtionThe title of a debut album of Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, ReVIOLAtion, is far from coincidental and implies a "viola revolution". The disc released by Naxos Records will be out for sale from 27 November 2020.

To many music professionals and aficionados, the viola continues to occupy a lower position on the podium in a unique competition for the laurels of primacy among string instruments. Krzysztof Komendarek- Tymendorf goes out to prove (and does so most convincingly!) the viola to be a truly versatile medium. In that his efforts are in line with Prof. Piotr Reichert’s opinion that only a performance delivered by an excellent violist is distinguished by both the level of virtuosity typical of a violinist and the cello’s depth of sound. At the same time, the titular “revolution” refers to promoting a repertoire hitherto unknown to the general public.

In the case of the artist’s first solo album, the works worth mentioning in this respect are sonatas by Fyodor Druzhinin and Mieczysław Weinberg. The musician got to know them in-depth while preparing his doctoral dissertation. He was also the first in Poland to perform a recording of the above works (he is the author of their bowing and fingering arrangement). ReVIOLAtion should also be understood as reinterpretation of the program presented on the album. For Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, it entails extremely important artistic freedom since he decodes each work individually through the prism of his own experience, which often results in an intriguing – sometimes controversial – interpretative concept. The repertoire chosen by the artist, including Capriccio “Hommage à Paganini” Op. 55 by the Belgian violin genius Henri Vieuxtemps, offers an excellent opportunity to present this interpretative vision and to show the full range of sound and technical capabilities of the instrument. The album could not lack a Polish accent, hence Grażyna Bacewicz’s Polish Caprice (1909–1969). The final piece on the album is a true virtuoso gem which requires the performer to overcome a number of technical problems while maintaining a dance-like, folk character in the neo-Classical spirit.

The word "ReVIOLAtion" lies close to "revelation", and a "revelation", paraphrasing the definitions of the term offered by the Oxford Dictionary of English, makes people witness something they have hitherto been unaware of, something extraordinary, secret or reverend. Undoubtedly, the repertoire on the album and its creative rendition by Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf meet these criteria.

Agnieszka Nowok-Zych (Translation by: Dominika Pieczka)

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre  POLMIC.


Polish Music Experience – online

PolishMisucExp"Polish Music Experience" is a project of the "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association that aims to popularize Polish composers and artists in Poland and abroad. Four concerts will be broadcast live on the following Sundays in November 2020 (8, 15, 22 and 29) at 6.00 p.m.

The project will feature famous Kraków musicians, winners of international competitions and festival organisers: Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat (8 November), Trio Legend (15 November), Bartosz Sałdan and Cracow Duo: Kalinowski & Szlezer (22 November), Gajusz Kęska and Messages Quartet (29 November). The programme will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Juliusz Zarębski, Aleksander Tansman, Andrzej Panufnik, Zbigniew Bargielski, Michał Papara, Szymon Stanisław Strzelec, Maciej Zimka, Kamil Kruk, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Wojciech Widłak. The concerts will also premiere Tomasz Opałka's Hype! and Andrzej Karałow's String Quartet „Particulae lucis”, which were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Live broadcasts of concerts from the Marek Stachowski Chamber Hall at the Academy of Music in Kraków are held in cooperation with the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttp://www.portamusicae.art.pl/