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Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław: Composers' Concert

AMKLStudents of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław will present their latest compositions during an online concert on 25 November 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

The programme will feature solo and chamber pieces. New piano works will include the conceptual Impercerebrum by Zuzanna Klepacka, composed of six parts referring to the successive levels of organisation for living things, the atmospheric Ukłuć, zakołysać by Hubert Walkowski and The Last Lullaby and Colors of Autumn by Jakub Fornagel, based on the aesthetics of the beginning of the 20th century and on improvisation.

We will also hear accordion and guitar pieces. Magdalena Gorwa's solo traveler talks about life as a journey, while Alina Dzięcioł's Station 5 is based on the road concept and presents an intriguing combination of accordion and button portative sounds. The programme will also include Dawid Aleksy Dorożyński's November's rays of sun and Paulina Derska's music for the animation Inner Feeling, inspired by Japanese cinematography.

The concert will be streamed on the Wrocław Academy of Music's YouTube channel.

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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.


Wieniawski again in the Poznań Bazaar

Wieniawski.plThe Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznań invites you on 26 November 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to a unique online recital in the series "Wieniawski znów w Bazarze" [Wieniawski again in the Bazaar], featuring violinist Piotr Pławner, pianist Piotr Sałajczyk and the Silesian Quartet.

The patron of the Society performed many a time in Poznań with great artistic success. One of his favourite venues was the White Hall in the Poznań Bazaar, a historic building which is preserved today in a slighly different shape.

The concert in the Bazaar on 26 November will be performed by Piotr Pławner – winner (ex aequo) of the 10th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (1991), well-renowned pianist Piotr Sałajczyk and the excellent Silesian Quartet. The programme will refer to 19th-century recitals. We will hear rarely performed masterpieces of chamber music as well as pieces for violon solo, piano solo and string quartet. In the first part of the evening, Piotr Sałajczyk will perform two miniatures from the series Roses and Thorns, Op. 13 by Juliusz Zarębski, and Piotr Pławner will present solo caprices by Grażyna Bacewicz. The second part will be dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki, who passed away on 29 March 2020. Members of the Silesian Quartet will commemorate this outstanding composer by performing his String Quartet No. 4.

More information athttps://www.wieniawski.pl/ 

"FINA na ucho": Kwartludium

KwartludiumKwartludium, an ensemble specializing in contemporary music performance, will perform online as part of the "FINA na Ucho" series on 26 November 2020 at 8 p.m.

Kwartludium was formed in 2002 by Dagna Sadkowska (violin), Michał Górczyński (clarinet, bass clarinet), Paweł Nowicki (percussion), Piotr Nowicki (piano). The ensemble focuses on performing works of young composers active both in Poland and abroad created specifically for this unique instrumental combination. Kwartludium possesses in its artistic output dozens worldwide premiere performances on many prestigious festivals all over the world. Also contemporary improvised music plays an important role in the group’s activity.

The upcoming concert at the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA) will feature Kwartiuda for quartet by Piotr Jędrzejczyk, Multiple Image for chamber ensemble and ticking clocks by Tadeusz Wielecki, as well as works by Lothar Voigtländer, Peter Helmut and the latest piece by Helmut Zapf – Kwartludium (quattuor musici canunt) – written especially for the ensemble.

Live streaming will be available on the FINA's Facebook Page.

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International conference on-line: "Musical Works and Cultural Traditions"

AMThe Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz invites you to the International Conference "Musical Works and Cultural Traditions", which will be held online on 24-25 November 2020 on the Academy's Facebook page. 

The programme of the conference features 8 sessions, including one devoted to the 20th-century moderne, attended by researchers from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Germany, Romania, Mexico and Australia. Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska will present a paper entitled "Lignum vitae" –  Zygmunt Mycielski reads the Book of Genesis. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska will talk about 'war symphonies' in Polish music in the late 1940s. Blake Parham will devote his paper to dodecaphony in the works of Roman Palester. The oeuvre of Andrzej Krzanowski and Mieczysław Weinberg and its affinities with Beethoven's music will be discussed by Magdalena Stochniol and Agnieszka Nowok-Zych. Agata Krawczyk will talk about Jan Kochanowski’s Laments [Treny] as a Source of Inspiration: Selected Musical Settings of the Text in the Works of Polish Composers.

The online Composer's concert accompanying the Conference on 24 November at 8.00 p.m. will premiere the Jubilee Suite on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. The work consists of miniatures written especially for this occasion by teachers, graduates and students of composition at the Bydgoszcz Academy: Zbigniew Bargielski, Magdalena Cynk, Rafał Gorzycki , Paweł Grajnert, Piotr Gryski, Marcin Gumieli, Jia Haonan, Hanna Kulenty, Małgorzata Królak-Radziejewska, Marcin Kopczyński, Dariusz Kubicki, Jędrzej Rochecki, Maciej Różycki, Manuel Salas, Monika Sroczyńska and Sergiusz Wrotek. The Jubilee Suite will be premiered by excellent musicians associated with the Academy.

Full programme is available athttp://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/international-conference-on-line-musical-works-and-cultural-traditions/ 

Penderecki in memoriam

PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki, one of the greatest Polish composers, would have turned 87 years old on 23 November 2020. On the Master's birthday, the City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office, Sinfonietta Cracovia and Ludwig van Beethoven Association invite you to a unique concert "Krzysztof Penderecki in memoriam", which is a tribute to one of the greatest composers of contemporary music. The concert will be available on the Play Krakow platform at 7.00 p.m.

The festive concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia is a tribute that the musicians of the excellent Krakow orchestra pay to Professor Krzysztof Penderecki – their longtime master, friend and artistic supervisor. The concert of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow conducted by Jurek Dybał was recorded in the ICE Krakow Auditorium Hall, which bears the name of Krzysztof Penderecki since May 2018. Together with Sinfonietta Cracovia performed flautist Agata Igras and oboist and English horn player Sebastian Aleksandrowicz.

The concert will open with Three Pieces in Old Style, based on music for the famous film The Saragossa Manuscript by Wojciech Jerzy Has. Then we will hear the moving Agnus Dei from the Polish Requiem in the Boris Pergamenschikow's arrangement for string orchestra authorized by the composer as well as pieces with spectacular solo performances: Capriccio for oboe and 11 string instruments and Adagietto for string orchestra and English horn from Paradise Lost. In the final of the concert, Sinfonietta Cracovia will present Krzysztof Penderecki's Sinfoniettas, which are orchestrations of his chamber works prepared by the composer himself.

For the Master's birthday, Sinfonietta Cracovia also recorded a unique album Penderecki's Sinfonietta(s), the premiere of which is scheduled for 20 November 2020. The album features the premiere recording of the Sinfonietta No. 3 "Leaves of an unwritten diary".

More information at: http://beethoven.org.pl/blog/2020/11/16/penderecki-in-memoriam-zapraszamy-na-wyjatkowy-koncert/ 

19th Silesian Days of Contemporary Music

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to the 19th Silesian Days of Contemporary Music which will run from 19 November to 8 December 2020. Recordings of the concerts will be published on the Facebook page of the Silesian Tribune of Composers, on the YouTube channel of the Polish Composers' Union (Katowice Branch) and on the websites of the co-organizers.

The first concert, performed by the MagDuś Duo (pianist Magdalena Duś and saxophonist Bartłomiej Duś), will feature Przemysław Szczotka's Simbiosis, written especially for the duo, and the premiere of Stanisław Bromboszcz's Monodrama for baritone saxophone and electronics. The programme of the concert entitled "Songs of Silesian Composers", performed by Ewa Biegas (soprano), Maciej Bartczak (baritone), Dagmara Niedziela (piano), Grzegorz Biegas (piano) and Justyna Młynarczyk (viola da gamba ), will include works by Edward Bogusławski, Józef Świder, Tomasz Bauć and Władysława Markiewiczówna as well as the premieres of Adrianna Kubica-Cypek's Sonnets to words by William Shakespeare and Wojciech Stępień's Five Letters to the Beautiful Knight to words by Rambald di Vaqueiras.

Piotr Senkowski's Trois nocturnes pour violon et piano and Marta Kleszcz's Tentativo III will be premiered in December by AdAstra Trio. The final concert will feature premieres of Przemysław Scheller's Dream of a butterfly quartet for piano, vibraphone and two shadows, and Krzysztof Gawlas' Approaching for two pianos, two percussions and electroacoustics.

The project was co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/slaskatrybunakompozytorow/ 

12th "Muzyka u Źródeł" Chamber Music Festival

Muzyka u źródełThe "Muzyka u Źródeł" ["Music at the Source"] Chamber Music Festival will take place for th 12th time at the Waterworks Museum in Bydgoszcz on 21-29 November 2020. This year, all the concerts will be recorded and presented online on the festival's YouTube channel.

The organiser’s objective is to popularize chamber music and present its attractive, polychromic face, while paying special attention to providing the best environment for the reception of music. The unquestionable asset of the festival is the venue – historic Waterworks Pump Hall owned by Bydgoszcz Waterworks, the Festival’s patron.

The event will be inaugurated by the Festival Chamber Orchestra, which will perform, among others, Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade and Alexander Borodin's Polovtsian Dances. On Sunday, the Vołosi ensemble will take the audience to the modern world of jazz with a hint of folk. On the next weekend, talented soloists of Polish theaters and music scenes will sing the most beautiful songs from Disney films, and the icing on the festival cake will be a concert of Szymon Nehring with the accompaniment of the Barock Quartet, who will perform, among others, Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto in F minor and Andrzej Koszewski's Concerto grosso all'antica per archi.

This year's concerts will be available to everyone free of charge, but the organisers decided to provide the possibility of paying a donation to the event's account to all people who recognize the value of the concerts and want to support the festival.

More information is available at: www.muzykauzrodel.com 

Katowice | 8th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki "HaloGramy"

Dni Goreckiego42 concerts and broadcasts, 8 world premieres and countless emotions – this is what the 8th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki festival has to offer to the audience. The inauguration will take place on the 10th anniversary of the composer's death, on 12 November 2020, and the last concert will take place on his birth anniversary, on 6 December 2020.

The festival is part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the death of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, the patron of not only the Festival, but also its organiser  the Silesian Philharmonic. It will be an event full of contrasts, presenting various forms, moods and styles, combining tradition with modernity, light with darkness and image with sound. We will be delighted with the diversity of Polish music from different epochs.

The 8th International Days of H.M. Górecki will begin with a prelude on 11 November, presenting exceptional works of sacred music by contemporary composers, including premieres of Psalm by Adrian Robak and Angele Dei by Piotr Pudełko. The inaugural concert will premiere Eugeniusz Knapik's When Suns Die – They Go Out for soprano and string orchestra, based on the same literary text as H.M. Górecki's String Quartet No. 3 '... songs are sung'. The festival will also feature world premiere of the Symphony No. 1 "Un livre sur l'homme" (Book about the man) by Marcel Chyrzyński, which was composed under the influence of the Polish philosopher Roman Ingarden and takes its subtitle from one of his works. Then we will witness the premiere of Aleksander Lasoń's Nimitta. Sinfonia Concertante No. 3 for amplified violin, amplified cello and amplified string orchestra, in which the composer's sons violinist Krzysztof Lasoń and cellist Stanisław Lasoń – will play solo parts. During the Multimedia Organ Evening, we will hear the premiere of the Interlude by Władysław Szymański, the Rector of the Academy of Music in Katowice, as interpreted by the artist himself. The concert on 4 December will premiere the Symphony No. 8 'Symphony of Biblical Psalmsby Jan Wincenty Hawel, the founder and Honorary Head of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra, as well as composition selected in the H.M. Górecki International Composers' Competition. During one of the concerts, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's piano pieces will be performed by his daughter, Anna Górecka.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/