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Katowice | Silesian Quartet and Krzysztof Książek

LasonThe Silesian Quartet together with the excellent pianist Krzysztof Książek will perform on 20 February 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall. The programme will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Aleksander Lasoń.

Allegedly, those who are good with numbers lack imagination, and vice versa. The programme of the concert will reconcile both groups of listeners. The subtitle of Lasoń’s String Quartet No. 5 is „siedem i pół kwartetu” [seven and a half quartet], as it was composed to celebrate the 750th anniversary of granting borough rights to Bytom – a quartet for every century, each movement dedicated to „the composer’s artistic friends connected with the city”. Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 415 is formally made up of three movements, yet each of them, especially the final one, is divided into smaller elements – bound together logically and masterfully, though against the convention of the day. Such music allows one to fantasise and not get lost with one’s numbers at the same time.

Dorota Kozińska

Information on tickets athttps://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/kwartet-slaski-krzysztof-ksiazek 

Contemporary Polish opera in extreme technology

PWMPWM Edition has released three items in the "Images" series under its record label ANAKLASIS, which is aimed at presenting the most important stage works of recent years.

The first releases are Aleksander Nowak's Ahat-ilī  Sister of the Gods (ANA 001 AV), Agata Zubel's Bildbeschreibung (ANA 002 AV) and Andrzej Krzanowski's Audycja V (ANA 003 AV), the premieres of which were important cultural events at festivals such as the "Warsaw Autumn" or "Sacrum profanum". This new project by PWM is special, because each recording of an opera performance is accompanied by a documentary film about the composer, made in cooperation with Polish Television. There are more partners collaborating with PWM in the production of these materials, including the Polish Composers' Union. I would like to pay particular attention to the recording of Andrzej Krzanowski's Audycja V, which received a proper premiere only forty-one years after its composition, and two years later was released on CDs (which meets the criterion of presenting "the most important stage works of recent years"). Regardless, it has not lost its freshness.

This valuable PWM initiative, a real rarity not only for connoisseurs of contemporary music, but also for ordinary music lovers, has one serious limitation. All three items were recorded on blu-ray discs. Blu-ray technology, providing higher recording and playback quality as well as significantly greater disc capacity, was to replace the DVD format. Meanwhile, a dozen or so years after the market launch, blu-ray discs that require special players to record and play back music using lasers that generate blue light, or rather violet light (CDs are recorded with infrared light, and DVDs with red light), remain quite a rare commodity. It is worth adding that at the beginning of the 90s of the last century, a technology for obtaining gallium nitride crystals of very high structural quality was developed at the Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, thanks to which ten years later in Japan the production of blue lasers used in the blu-ray format was mastered. Moreover, the market development of blu-ray discs remains in doubt in view of the dynamic increase in sales of films and music via the Internet. The fate of the CD leaves no doubt here.

Nevertheless, three albums from the "Images" series by PWM's ANAKLASIS will be a real treat for musical owners of blu-ray players.

Mieczysław Kominek

The 9th International Scientific Conference "Moniuszko in memoriam – Polish vocal literature" online

Akademia Muzyczna PoznanThe 9th International Scientific Conference in the series "Moniuszko in memoriam – Polish vocal literature", organised by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, will be held online on 17 February 2021.

The conference aims to introduce and promote the life and vocal work of Stanisław Moniuszko and other Polish artists. The event will be attended by speakers representing various educational centers and cultural institutions in Poland and around the world, including prof. Jacek Ścibor (University of Rzeszów), prof. Luba Kijanowska-Kamińska and Mirosława Żyszkowicz (Mykola Łysenko Lviv National Academy of Music), prof. Joanna Tylkowska-Drożdż (Academy of Art in Szczecin), Juozas Mantas Jauniškis (Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre), and Mariusz Kwiecień (MET, artistic director of the Wrocław Opera).

Musicologists and musicians will present the results of their latest research on the Vilnius period of Stanisław Moniuszko's activity, Walery Wysocki's School of Singing in Lviv, and Karol Lipiński's vocal work. Prof. Jadwiga Rappé (The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) will discuss Władysław Żeleński's songs. Julia Mech (a graduate of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań) will give a presentation entitled Szymon Laks – Songs in the Shadow of the Holocaust. Prof. Piotr Łykowski (Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław) will present a paper devoted to the less known successors of Moniuszko: Wieńczysław Brzostowski and Kazimierz Jurdziński. Prof. Bogumiła Tarasiewicz (University of Zielona Góra) will talk about the genre of tango in Polish songs of the interwar period.

We encourage you to participate in the Conference via the Teams platform: https://bit.ly/3jUZ0M7 

Łódź | In tribute to Artur Rubinstein – a piano recital for the Philharmonic's 106th birthday

FLDespite the pandemic, the Łódź Philharmonic continues the tradition of birthday piano recitals. On 16 February 2021 at 6.55 p.m. Aleksandra Świgut will perform in tribute to Artur Rubinstein to mark the 106th anniversary of the first concert of the Łódź Symphony Orchestra.

The pianist is a laureate of numerous piano competitions in Poland and abroad, including 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw (2nd prize, 2018) and 47th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2nd prize and a special prize for the best performance of a solo work by Robert Schumann, 2016). Her interests range from historical to contemporary music. She also performs in chamber ensembles, including a duet with her sister Agnieszka Świgut – a violinist.

During the upcoming concert the pianist will perform Fryderyk Chopin's works favored by Artur Rubinstein, including Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 35 with the Funeral March. The programme will also include Karol Szymanowski's impressionist miniatures: Scheherazade from Masques, Op. 34 No. 1 and The Island of Sirens from Métopes, Op. 29, as well as works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert and the contemporary Israeli composer Sergio Natra.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl 

Online Conference "Hear the Future – Challenges of Acoustic Ecology"

FSzWhat will the future sound like? The conference organised on 16 February 2021 at 10.00 a.m. by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin as part of the campaign "I hear good sounds" will present various research perspectives of acoustic ecology – in anthropology, philosophy, sociology, media studies, and in the fields of medicine – otolaryngology and neuropsychology. The online conference "Hear the Future – Challenges of Acoustic Ecology" will be held on the ZOOM platform.

Our environment and public spaces are polluted with noise. Acoustic ecology proposes solutions in this area. The conference will be an attempt at a comprehensive insight into Polish reflection on acoustic ecology. Representatives of the scientific community, activists from the third sector, employees of companies related to acoustics and medical centers will exchange their experiences as part of the nationwide symposium. Theoretical reflections will be confronted with artistic and pedagogical practices.

The event will be attended by, among others prof. Dariusz Brzostek (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), prof. Tomasz Misiak (University of Arts in Poznań), dr Jadwiga Zimpel (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), dr Anna Dąbrowska (International Center of Hearing and Speech Medincus ). Composer Anna Zaradny will deliver a speech on Sound and Architecture, Senses and Space / Illusion and Deep Listening. Composer Michał Janocha will talk about modern applications and technological solutions useful in ear training. On the other hand, musicologist Krzysztof B. Marciniak ("Glissando") will present his reflections on the Ecology of Sound. We learn to listen anew.

To participate in the event, complete the registration form available at https://uslysz.filharmonia.szczecin.pl/

Participants will be sent a link to the event, conference materials and a certificate of participation.

Bydgoszcz | Opera Dizziness

Opera NovaStarting from 14 February 2021, the Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz invites you to a family musical show – Opera Dizziness composed by Maciej Małecki and directed by Magdalena Małecka-Wippi.

Music for the performance was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. The premiere of this educational opera took place on 14 November 2020 in the online version. On 14 February 2021, Opera Nova invites you to participate live.

What is a libretto? Why is opera sung in Italian? Why do artists have to sing? These questions will be answered by the performance, which introduces children from 6 to 12 years of age into the world of opera, as well as playing with tongue twisters, word duels and sing-along. The content is addressed to both young and adult viewers. The idea of ​​the performance is to familiarize children with the form of classical opera (including the broadly understood aesthetics of classical music), show them the beauty and richness of our native language and encourage them to use the Polish language correctly. The libretto by Magdalena Małecka-Wippi includes songs, e.g. to the poems of Małgorzata Strzałkowska – one of the best authors of children's literature. No previous operatic experience required!

The adventures of the capricious Dot and the sentimental Exclamation Mark, who argue all the time but cannot live without each other, accompanied by string quartet and dancers, will be presented on the big stage during the week of 14-21 February. Gadgets with the graphic motif of the opera (including pads, crayons, magnets, puzzles) will be available on-site.

In order to win double invitations to the show, the Opera Nova intvites you to send on its FB page rhyme slogans – invitations to participate in the performance!

More information at: http://www.opera.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Faces of Love – Valentine's Day Concert at the Wrocław Opera

Oblicza MiłościThe Wrocław Opera invites you on 14 February 2021 at 6.00 p.m to the Valentine's Day Concert entitled "Faces of Love". The carnival evening will be broadcast on YouTube in two parts: devoted to musical and operetta.

The musical part will feature an overture performed by the Wrocław Opera Orchestra conducted by Adam Banaszak and numerous fragments of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, which was premiered at the Wrocław Opera in December 2017. Martin's laughing song Words, words, words will be performed by Jakub Michalski, Kunegunda's aria Glitter and be gay will be performed by Maria Rozynek-Banaszak, and Song Old Lady by Barbara Bagińska. We also hear fragments of other musicals, including My Fair Lady or Man from La Mancha, performed by Katarzyna Haras, Maciej Krzysztyniak, Jacek Jaskuła and Tomasz Rudnicki.

The second part, devoted to operetta, will open with the overture to The Revenge of the Bat by Johann Strauss and will also feature Prince Orlofsky's cuples performed by Dorota Dutkowska. The most beautiful arias from operettas by Franz Lehár and Emmerich Kálmánn will be performed by Elżbieta Kaczmarzyk-Janczak, Eliza Kruszczyńska, Hanna Sosnowska and Łukasz Rosiak. Anna Lichorowicz will present Ludomir Różycki's Waltz Caton, and Aleksandra Opała Ah! que j’aime les militaires by Jacques Offenbach. We will also hear Edward Kulczyk and Jędrzej Tomczyk.

The concert will be hosted by two soloists: Jacek Jaskuła and Aleksander Zuchowicz, who will also sing during the evening.

Full programme is available at: https://www.opera.wroclaw.pl/1/ 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: From the Italian land to Poland

POSIThe Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra is proud to invite you on 13 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a concert dedicated to the musical heritage of Italy. The programme includes an extensive selection of compositions by masters of Italian music. Also the conductor, highly regarded in his homeland, admired throughout Europe and beyond, well known to Warsaw audiences – Massimiliano Caldi – is Italian.

The repertoire will include Rossini’s impressive and incredibly beautiful overtures: to Cinderella and to The Italian Girl in Algiers, as well as compositions from the most outstanding operas composed in the later period: Prelude to Act 3 of Giuseppe Verdi’s epochal Traviata and Intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni’s veristic Cavalleria Rusticana.

The appealing programme will be completed by Concerto soirée, the author of which, Nino Rota, is primarily remembered as “Fellini’s composer” (he is also the creator of the unforgettable soundtrack to Coppola’s Godfather and films by Visconti, Zefirelli and others). Rota was a musician with an excellent “classical” composer education, admired from an early age – even he himself regretted that he owed his fame more to films than to his concertos. This brilliant composition for piano and orchestra will remind of the lesser-known face of the Italian maestro – he was admired for the brilliant virtuosity as well as for charm and wit compared to Prokofiev’s works. We will hear it performed by Maurizio Baglini, who very positively attracted the audience of the 13th International Chopin Competition in 1995, and although he didn’t win the competition at that time, his later career confirmed his great talent. Not much later he won the World Music Piano Master in Montecarlo and began active concert activity on major stages around the world. He is also a valued teacher and has been successfully managing the Amiata Piano Festival in his native Tuscany for many years now.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be broadcast online from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on the YouTube channel and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Szczecin | Ballet Premiere of "Visions of Love / Myths"

The Castle Opera invites you on Opera na Zamku13 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the ballet premiere of Visions of Love / Myths choreographed by Zofia Rudnicka to the music of Fryderyk Chopin and Karol Szymanowski. The performance is co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Choreographic Comissions 2021" programme.

The first part of the evening is a dance story of five women of different ages. We will see them in the park, lost in thought and frozen in the frame. Gradually, we will learn about their dreams, hopes and expectations. The protagonists' desires are as timeless as Chopin's music. Selected works by the composer, including preludes – piano miniatures, belonging to the most beautiful musical works of the artist, will create an atmospheric background for the virtuosity of classical dance and an exciting journey into the depths of a woman's soul.

The second part of the performance is the world of ancient mythology, in which fantastic transformations of deities and heroes explain phenomena taking place in nature. We will see the tragedy of Narcissus in love with himself and the metamorphosis of forest nymphs fleeing from the advances of lustful idols. Each myth is a different picture, dance and mood. All of them perfectly reflect the poetry of Szymanowski's hypnotic music, characterized by unusual tonal colors and drama. Neoclassical dance will emphasize the value of brilliant music and fully illustrate the supernatural transformations of mythical heroes.

More information: https://www.opera.szczecin.pl/