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Atom String Quartet & Szczecin Philharmonic Wind Quartet: Karłowicz

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Among the works of Mieczysław Karłowicz – a pioneer of the Young Poland movement in music – it is the songs that have retained the strongest resonance. The Atom String Quartet & Szczecin Philharmonic Wind Quartet will present their interpretation of the composer's work on 5 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

Karłowicz composed songs during his studies. He decided to give them a new dimension – as he wrote in his letters: "Maybe music cannot rise higher than poetry, but it can certainly fly elsewhere, in a different direction." He especially appreciated poems by Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer. Their spiritual kinship was based on similar experience of love and longing for the world that has already passed or has not yet come into existence.

In 2020 the Philharmonic in Szczecin once again reached for Karłowicz's work. The album Mieczysław Karłowicz – Songs, performed by Małgorzata Walewska and the musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann, was released on 30 October. Piotr Moss is the author of the wonderful orchestrations on the album. During the upcoming concert, the Philharmonic will present yet another version  a jazz interpretation of the songs prepared by the well-known Atom String Quartet.

The online premiere will be held on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

 

"Profiles of Composers": Juliusz Łuciuk

ŁuciukThe Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic invites you on 5 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. for the next YouTube premiere of a monographic concert from the "Profiles of Composers" series. The Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of Janusz Siadlak will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk, an outstanding composer of religious and vocal music.

A graduate of music schools in Częstochowa, in 1947-52 he studied musicology with Zdzisław Jachimecki at the Jagellonian University. Simultaneously, in 1947-56, he studied theory of music with Aleksander Frączkiewicz, composition with Stanisław Wiechowicz, piano with Sergiusz Nadgryzowski and Jan Hoffman as well as organ with Józef Chwedczuk at the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. He continued his musical education in Paris, where in 1958-59 he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch as well as attended Olivier Messiaen's seminars. Since his graduation, he had been solely occupied with composition, for which he received numerous awards.

In 2018 the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of Janusz Siadlak recorded the monographic album Juliusz Łuciuk. Choral works, which was created in cooperation with the composer. He supervised its implementation and final shape, making sure that his thoughts were perfectly expressed by the artists as accurately as possible. It includes pieces not yet recorded, as well as a completely new work composed for maestro Janusz Siadlak, Lullaby on the Cradle to the words of Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/ 

Warsaw Philharmonic: Premiere of André Tchaikowsky's "Concerto classico "

FNThe world premiere of André Tchaikowsky's Concerto classico for violin and orchestra will take place on 5 February 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Outstanding Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts will perform the solo part. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrzej Boreyko will also present Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Gesualdo da Venosa's Six madrigals arranged for orchestra by Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

In recent decades, the oeuvre of André Tchaikowsky has been slowly gaining the recognition it truly deserves. Born in 1935 in Warsaw, he first made his name as an outstanding pianist – he won prizes in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1955 and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels a year later; from 1956 until his death in 1982 he lived in England. His output includes, inter alia, a symphony, two piano and two violin concertos, flute concerto, numerous works for solo piano, several chamber pieces, songs and the opera The Merchant of Venice. Many of Tchaikowsky’s pieces still remain unpublished. In today’s concert, we will hear the premiere of his Concerto Classico for violin and orchestra, which he composed in the years 1962–64.

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, was one of the most outstanding composers of the end of the Renaissance. His main interest as a composer was the madrigal – the leading genre of lay a cappella music during the Cinquecento period. In 1992, six of Gesualdo’s madrigals were orchestrated by Stanisław Skrowaczewski, a renowned composer and one of Poland’s greatest conductors. Brahms completed his Symphony No. 3 in F Major in the summer of 1883. The first movement, Allegro con brio, begins with a threenote motif F-A-flat-F, which recurs many times during the course of the piece. This is the musical symbol of Brahm’s life motto “Frei, aber froh” (“free but happy”).

Paweł Markuszewski

Information on tickets and live streaming at: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

The Trace: Janusz Strobel Trio & Sinfonia Iuventus Online

POSIThe "Trace" concert is an original project by Janusz Strobl, which uniquely combines the sound of classical guitar and orchestra in extremely melodic and original compositions. The renowned musician and composer will perform on 5 February 2021 at 8.00 p.m. with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The concert will be broadcast online on the YouTube channel and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/.

Polish jazz scene is alive and versatile. Its active musicians include representatives of astoundingly creative young generation on the one hand, and well-established artists setting timeless horizons of trends and styles on the other. The latter group is represented by guitarist Janusz Strobel, who has been an active performer for 50 years. He is a founder and former leader of many formations, starting from the legendary Alber–Strobel duo. Recently, he has been performing with his incredibly famous trio. He is also a recognised composer, with a portfolio full of numerous pieces of popular music, film scores and concert pieces. His CD titled "Ślad" ("Trace") from 2016, which combines the sound of a jazz trio with an orchestra (Sinfonia Viva conducted by Tomasz Radziwonowicz took part in the recording), is a proof of his unique creative search.

Here is what Ryszard Borowski, "Jazz Forum" reviewer, wrote about it: "The very cover of Janusz Strobel’s new CD draws attention. In a sophisticated and minimalistic way, a noble and delicate silhouette of a guitar tells us what is inside. And the music is noble and delicate indeed. Noble sounding, peaceful and soothing – these features perfectly describe Strobel’s compositions and his play. […] Apart from the author, several other excellent musicians arranged the compositions and their contribution in the CD is truly invaluable. They include Krzesimir Dębski, Andrzej Jagodziński, Henryk Miśkiewicz and Włodzimierz Nahorny – the crème de la crème. […] Strobel’s guitar compositions have been given a beautiful new attire, with his own arrangements being equally interesting. I have used the expression “guitar compositions" on purpose, because not only does Janusz play his melodious solos nearly all the time, but he also becomes part of the accompaniment, playing together with the orchestra. He is an absolutely predominant musician here. The performance is a truly grand concert for guitar and orchestra! The compositions have clearly been designed to be performed particularly on the guitar. Thus, the music is specific, very individual and truly genuine. The style of Janusz Strobel is immediately recognisable; hardly anyone composes like that nowadays."

Jazz is an art of improvisation, deprived of repetitions, so even the amateurs of Strobel’s and his trio’s talent who know the CD inside and out, will find new fascinating sounds in its concert version conducted by Marek Wroniszewski!

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Stage for Polish Music": Meccore String Quartet

FSThe concert of the award-winning Meccore String Quartet as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme, operated by the Institute of Music and Dance, will take place on 2 February 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce.

Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is one of Europe’s most compelling ensembles. Since many years they have been a treat for music lovers and have performed in many prestigious concert halls such as the National Phil­harmonic Hall in Warsaw, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Frick Collection in New York. During their tours, the musicians appear at the most important music festivals. For the album Szymanowski & Debussy, the ensemble received two nominations for the Fryderyk 2016 award and the Supersonic Award of the German magazine Pizzicato. A number of international distinctions brought the Meccore String Quartet nomination for the “Paszport Polityki” award in the clas­sical music category for their “innovative approach to the music and for breaking the musical stereotypes”.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Szymon Laks' String Quartet No. 5, Karol Szymanowski's String Quartet No.2, Op. 56, Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Variations in F major for string quartet and Grażyna Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 5.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/ 

Walicki-Popiolek Duo "Made in Poland"

Walicki-PopiolekThe second album of Walicki-Popiolek Duo, filled with modern music written by contemporary Polish composers and inspired by the richness of Polish musical folklore, will be available for preorder starting 1 February 2021.

Erach piece on the album was written especially for Walicki-Popiolek Duo, composed of pianist Aleksandra Popiołek-Walicki ang guitarist Jakub Walicki. On this disc you will find traditional Polish dances: Mazur, Oberek, Kujawiak; pieces inspired by the beauty of nature: stream of the Visual River, mountain tops of Podhale region, lakes of Mazury region; quotes from Polish folk songs: Czerwone Jabłuszko (Red Apple), W murowanej piwnicy (In the bricked basement). The CD also includes funeral songs from Podlasie region as well as references to Polish greatest composers: Chopin, Lutosławski, Tansman, Górecki, Noskowski, Szymanowski. All of this in a contemporary perspective of Aleksandra Chmielewska, Jan Oleszkowicz, Adrian Robak, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Robert Kurdybacha, Anna Huszcza, Kamil Pawłowski, Szymon Gołąbek, and Marcin Grabosz.

This entirely Polish project was fully financed by the "Young Poland" prestigious scholarship of the National Centre for Culture. It reaches deep into the roots of Polish musical culture and reveals its new, fresh sound. Walicki-Popiolek Duo will enable listeners to travel through Poland every time they listen to their album.

The CD will be distributed through: www.walickipopiolekduo.com and seiscordas.pl. The official premiere will take place on 11 June 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the PWM Edition Concert Hall in Warsaw (8 Fredry St.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Materials from the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival available in the new POLMIC Digital Archive

WJMKiDN600 archival photographs and 70 fragments of recordings from the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music have been made available on the new POLMIC Digital Archive portal as part of the "Warsaw Autumn Available!" project.

In recent years, Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC has been archiving, digitizing and sharing recordings and photographs related to the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music – the largest international Polish festival of contemporary music and one of the most important events of this type in Europe and around the world. Unique photographs and sound recordings documenting the festival in over 60 years of its existence are a true national heritage, reflecting the history of Polish musical culture in the second half of the 20th century, immortalizing its creators and presenting their most important works. The aim of our activities is to protect archival materials from inevitable degradation and to make them available to the general public.

For the purpose of presenting our digitized collections, POLMIC Digital Archive – the first digital archive devoted to Polish contemporary music was created in 2020. As part of last year's project, we shared online almost 700 records: photographs documenting festival concerts and accompanying events as captured by Andrzej Glanda – a photographer cooperating with "Warsaw Autumn" in the 1980s, as well as fragments of audio recordings from festival concerts in 1962 and 1963. Our digital collections will continue to grow as more materials are digitized.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

POLMIC Digital Archive is available at: http://www.archiwumcyfrowe.polmic.pl/

Two Regameys – father and son – on the album from the "Polish Music Today" series

RegamejThe last album released in 2020 by the Polish Composers' Union as part of the "Polish Music Today – Portraits of Contemporary Polish Composers" series is completely unique. Due to the special relationship and fate of both characters, the publisher made an exception and decided to devote the album to two composers instead of one. In addition to works by the "Polish-Swiss composer" Konstanty Regamey, the CD includes pieces by his father, Konstanty Kazimierz  – an almost completely unknown composer, who worked mainly in distant Ukraine, and in 1938 was sentenced to death by the Soviet regime.

The originator of the project and the author of the essay for the album is Jerzy Stankiewicz, who has devoted many years to researching the life and work of both Regamey (as well as popularizing the discovered works and contexts).

He invited two renowned artists to participate in the project – sisters Olga Pasiecznik (soprano) and Natalia Pasiecznik (piano). They performed a repertoire of songs and romances as well as piano pieces by the Regameys. The recording was made in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in August 2020 by Ewa Guziołek.

The booklet contains essays written by musicologist Jerzy Stankiewicz and literary scholar Anna Bednarczyk (in Polish and English), as well as song lyrics in the original languages ​​(Polish and Russian) and their translations into Polish and English prepared by Anna Bednarczyk and Marta Kaźmierczak.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Musical Trace" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. The album was released thanks to the support of the ZAiKS Authors' Association. The project partner was Repliq Media Sp. z o.o. Co-producer of the recording and CD edition is Programme 2 of the Polish Radio.

The Polish Composers' Union own releases are intended solely for promotional, educational and research purposes. They are not intended for sale. They are provided free of charge to interested institutions and individuals, but due to the very small circulation and large interest, priority is given to music libraries, where a broad audience can benefit from each set. If you are interested, please contact the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC (contact: Izabela Zymer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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Application for the 2nd Competition of Polish Music is now open

IMiTThe second edition of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów between 11 and 18 September 2021. From now until 14 May 2021, the candidates will be able to submit their applications by filling in online forms available on the dedicated website: polishmusiccompetition.pl. The competition is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance. The prizes are funded by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

– For the second edition of the competition we are awaiting numerous applications from both Poland and abroad. Now everything is in the hands of the musicians, it is their own decision to make. There is no better time than now to start working on the individual competition programmes. We also hope that the professors from educational music establishments will play a crucial role of encouraging their own students to take part in the event – says Katarzyna Meissner, director of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Worth mentioning is the fact that there are no age or citizenship restrictions for the candidates. During the competition, the musicians will present works selected from amongst those written by 56 Polish composers mostly active in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The participants create a programme that they will perform in the successive stages of the competition. Alongside such famous composers as Chopin, Paderewski, Górecki or Penderecki, we will also find less well-known representatives of different styles and musical eras, such as Antoni Kątski, Eugeniusz Pankiewicz and Stefan Kisielewski. Equally important are Polish female composers represented by Maria Szymanowska and Grażyna Bacewicz. The competition will be chronicled in a series of recordings in electronic and CD formats distributed worldwide. In such a way, several works that have never been released before will finally have their world premiere recordings.

The participants of the Second Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music will contest for the total prize money in the amount of over eighty thousand euros to be won in two categories: piano and chamber ensembles. The juries of both categories will feature distinguished musicians and musical personalities from Poland and abroad. The applications can be submitted via an online system on 14 May 2021 at the latest. The performers will also be given an opportunity to win a number of special prizes: from financial rewards to a chance of appearing at leading Polish concert halls and selected festivals. Amongst the awards will be a 500 euro prize for the best performance of a piano sonata or a chamber composition written by Miłosz Magin, which has been funded by the composer’s daughter Margot Magin. Also the Société Frédéric Chopin Genève award will be given in the form of a recital performance during the Chopin Festival in Geneva in 2021. Collaborating with the competition, the Polish Institutes (Instytuty Polskie) will also award selected winners recital performances in the cities where they are located, such as Bratislava, Saint Petersburg and Vienna.

Agata Szymczak