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Lutosławski Quartet’s album nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Award

Lutosławski Quartet - BacewiczAlbum Bacewicz: String Quartets Nos 1, 3, 6 & 7 recorded by the Lutosławski Quartet and released by Naxos received the nomination to the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Awards in the "Chamber Music" category.

Out of over 1,200 recordings reviewed in the magazine during 2015, 21 albums have been deemed the very finest by the specially assembled jury of critics and magazine editorial staff. From Schubert performed by András Schiff to dramatic Smetana played by the Pavel Haas Quartet, the nominations represent an incredible year for the classical music record industry.

By heading to awards.classical-music.com, it is possible to listen to the recordings' excerpts and vote for the favourite ones. Everyone who votes will be able to enter a prize draw to win one of two copies of each of the 21 nominations. Voting closes February 19. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 5 April at Kings Place, and in the May issue of BBC Music Magazine.

Lutosławski Quartet, formed in 2007, performs mainly music of the 20th and 21st centuries, focusing on Polish repertoire, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski, and Paweł Mykietyn. The quartet is one of the resident ensembles of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

Karol Szymanowski Foundation Awards 2015

Mariusz KwiecieńOpera singer Mariusz Kwiecień and musicologist Alistair Wightman received the Karol Szymanowski Foundation Annual Award which was granted by the jury on January 9, 2016.

The jury members (Teresa Chylińska, Agnieszka Chwiłek, Zofia Helman (chairperson), Witold Karol Juchniewicz, Eugeniusz Knapik and Zdzisław Szakiewicz) awarded Mariusz Kwiecień in recognition of his interpretation of the role of King Roger and promoting Karol Szymanowski’s opera worldwide, whereas Alistair Wightman received the award for his publications and studies on Karol Szymanowski's compositions.

The Foundation was established in 1996. In previous years the award was given to: musicologist Teresa Chylińska, violinist Wanda Wiłkomirska, pianist Jerzy Godziszewski, singer Stefania Woytowicz, conductor Simon Rattle, pianist Piotr Anderszewski, director Mariusz Treliński, musicologist Zofia Helman, conductor Jerzy Katlewicz, conductor Jan Krenz, musicologist Elżbieta Markowska, singer Zofia Kilanowicz, pianist and musicologist Reilnild Mees, Szymanowski Quartet, singer Urszula Kryger, curator of ”Atma” – Karol Szymanowski Museum – Maciej Pinkwart, director Józef Opalski, director Wojciech Graniczewski, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann, conductor Antoni Wit, musicologist Didier van Moere, composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, singer Elżbieta Szmytka, conductor Valery Gergiev, musicologist Edward Boniecki.

Joanna Freszel’s Album ”real life song” – Promotional Concert

Joanna FreszelSinger Joanna Freszel, joined by chamber ensemble, will promote her debut album at the concert on January 11, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Studio Bar (Palace of Culture and Science) in Warsaw.

The artists will present compositions included on the album, written by such composers as Miłosz Bembinow, Andrzej Borzym jr, Katarzyna Szwed, Rafał Janiak, Aleksander Kościów, Sławomir Zamuszko, Agata Zubel and Jagoda Szmytka.

More information: www.reallifesong.wix.com

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Oratorio ”Peregrinus” in Lusławice

Oratorium PeregrinusOratorio Peregrinus written by Dariusz Swoszowski to the text by Ryszard Ostrowski will be performed on January 15, 2016 at 4.00 pm in the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music in Lusławice.

The composition will be interpreted by over 200 musicians conducted by Waldemar Groń, including students and teachers of the Primary Music School in Domosławice, Jurkowski Chamber Choir (dir. by Aleksandra Bośković-Róża), solists Magda Niedbała, Ewelina Szybilska, and Anna Wilk, organist Iwona Karwacka, and narrator Jacek Wojnicki. The work was premiered in November 2015.

Organizers: Primary Music School in Domosławice, Czchów and Zakliczyn Commune.

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Composer and conductor Pierre Boulez dies at 90

Pierre BoulezRenowned French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez died at the age of 90 on January 5, 2016 at his home in Baden-Baden in Germany.

Boulez had been considered one of the most influential voices in the contemporary music since the 1950s. As a composer, Boulez's work was noted for its difficulty, with one of his most celebrated works, Le Marteau Sans Maitre, being inspired by the complexity and lack of formal artistic structure of surrealist poetry.
Born in the Loire region of France in 1925, Boulez began his musical career at the Conservatoire in Paris. He graduated in 1945 and became musical director of the theatre company of Jean-Louis Barrault and Madeleine Renaud. His career as a conductor took off in the 1950s, during which time he performed with the Sudwestfunk (South-West German Radio). He also began acting as guest conductor for some of Europe's leading orchestras and festivals. He led the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1971-75 and from 1971-77 was also music director of the New York Philharmonic, where he championed contemporary works, including compositions by Stravinsky, Bartók, Berg, Messiaen (his tutor), Ligeti, Birtwistle and Stockhausen.
Alongside his composing and conducting, Boulez's creative output flourished as the director of the experimental music studio in Paris (1970-91), the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), where he had access to the latest computer technology.
Overall the artist won 26 Grammys and multiple other honours, including Sweden's Polar Music Prize, Japan's Praemium Imperiale and France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Voices at Dusk

Głosy z zmroku2nd edition of the festival "Voices at Dusk", organized by Verità Nostra Agency, will be held in January 2016 at 3 Mysia Street in Warsaw.

The programme features 9 concerts (5 subsequent Sundays until January 31) which offer various music genres – classical (performed by Maksym Rzemiński, Barbara Piotrowska), jazz (Bogdan Hołownia, Wojciech Pulcyn, Piotr Wrombel, Mariusz "Fazi" Mielczarek, Maciej "Kocin" Kociński) and pop (Jarek Wist, Kuba Molęda). The artists will introduce the listeners to new projects and original arrangements. The event presents atypical performances, integrates various art forms and reduces the distance between the artists and the audience.

More information: www.veritanostra.pl

Premiere of "Holzwege" play

HolzwegePremiere performance of the play Holzwege, directed by Katarzyna Kalwat, will be held on January 15, 2016 at 7.00 pm at the TR Warszawa theatre.

Holzwege (German for "getting lost") is the title of a work by Tomasz Sikorski, one of the most interesting composers of the second half of the 20th century. The production by the same name, based on Marta Sokołowska’s play, is an attempt to understand Sikorski’s work and life, which came to a premature end. Holzwege is a combination of a theatre play and a concert. Alongside the TR Warszawa actors Jan Dravnel, Sandra Korzeniak and Tomasz Tyndyk, the eminent composer Zygmunt Krauze, a friend of Sikorski’s, also participates. The actors and musicians call upon the works of the avant-garde composer, documentary materials and literary fiction to pay tribute to him. During the show, we will hear Tomasz Sikorski’s works Absent-minded Window Gazing,Sonant, Hymnos and Echoes II performed live.

Tomasz Sikorski (1939-1988) is seen as an exponent of sonorism and minimalism. The Warsaw-born, child prodigy, son of the composer Kazimierz Sikorski, and recipient of French- and US-government scholarships, died in 1988 in unexplained circumstances. His music, which defied genre classifications, was not appreciated in his lifetime. Only in recent years has its innovativeness, radicalism and pioneering power begun to be recognised.

Next performances will be held on January 16 and 17, 2016.


Krzysztof Książek’s recital at the Mazovia Cuture Insitute

Krzysztof KsiążekKrzysztof Książek, semi-finalist of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, will open a new concert cycle by performing Fryderyk Chopin’s Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 on January 14, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Mazovia Culture Institute in Warsaw (12 Elektoralna St.).

The recitals of the cycle, performed by young pianists and aimed at presenting selected masterpieces of the piano repertoire, will be held each month at Elektoralna Street. Each performance will be preceded by an introduction given by professionals who will discuss cultural background of the presented compositions.

More information: www.mik.waw.pl

Haydn Extreme

Haydn ExtremeCapella Cracoviensis will perform the first concert of a cycle CC EXTREME consisting of concerts-marathons. The orchestra will interpret a complete set of Joseph Haydn’s Paris Symphonies and other classical works on January 10, 2016 in Cricoteca (2-4 Nadwiślańska Str.) in Krakow.

The event will start at 3.00 pm and continue though 4 parts (1,5 hrs each). The programme includes compositions by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as Franciszek Lessel’s Piano Concerto.
Capella Cracoviensis’ instrumentalists under the direction of Jan Tomasz Adamus will be joined by soprano Marzena Lubaszka, pianist Katarzyna Drogosz (historic piano), bassoonist Javier Zafra and trumpeter Marian Magiera who will perfrorm Haydn’s Concerto for Keyed Trumpet and Orchestra in E flat major.

More information: www.capellacracoviensis.pl