Polish Music Reference Center
April 1995 Newsletter
Vol. 1, no. 4
Polish composer, Henryk Gorecki, received an Honorary
Doctorate Degree from the Catholic University of America,
Washington, D.C. During the ceremony that took place at the
Polish Embassy the University choir and Orchestra performed
several of Gorecki's choral works, among them, Ad matrem for
soprano, mixed choir and orchestra.
An American premiere of Gorecki's Concerto for flute and
orchestra took place on March 2 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.
It was performed by Carol Wincenc with Eric Klas conducting
the Chicago Symphony.
The latest scores now available are: Aria (tuba, piano,
tamtam and bass drum) and String Quartet no. 2. Boosey &
Krzysztof Penderecki also received an Honorary Doctorate
on December 14, 1995 from Prof. Andrzej
Chorosinski, rector (president) of the Chopin Academy of
Music, Warsaw. Composer and professor Wlodzimierz Kotonski
gave the introduction.
The Polish music newspaper Ruch Muzyczny has had a face-lift.
It is now a handsome 7 1/2" x 11" journal which makes for
easier reading and shelf storage. Polish language only. For
info on subscriptions FAX 48-22-25-91-57.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
April 9 - Polish jazz pianist Adam Makowicz performs works by
Gershwin, Rodgers, Cole Porter and his own compositions at
Haffey Hall. Part of the Skalny Lecture and Artists Series.
April 11 - Violinist Midori will include Szymanowski's
"Dryades & Pan" from "Mythes," op. 30 in her recital at the
Los Angeles Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
April 12, 13, 15, 16 - Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct the Los
Angeles Philharmonic in Szymanowski's Violin Concerto no. 1
with concertmaster Alexander Treger as soloist.
April 18 - Krystian Zimerman will perform the piano works of
Debussy, Webern, Bach and Chopin. Part of the Celebrity
Recitals presented by the L.A. Philharmonic. Dorothy
Charge tickets for the L.A. Music Center concerts by phone:
DID YOU KNOW THAT.....
the bestsellers in recordings in
Warsaw include the: Bach Goldberg Variations and Violin
Concerti; Debussy Preludes and Chopin Piano Concertos with K.
Zimerman; Gorecki's Miserere, Lutoslawski's "Last Concert"
recorded by the National Philharmonic; Pretorius' Christmette
(Gabrielli Consort and Players); Chopin. A recital by Janusz
Olejniczak and Carmen-Fantasie by Anna Sophie Mutter.
Australian film director, Peter Weir,
used part of Gorecki's III Symphony as background music for
his film, "Fearless."
Fashion designer Oleg Cassini was
Polish? Born Oleg Lolewski on April 11, 1911.
As long as we started on a non-musical theme...the great
Shakespearean actress, Helena Modjeska (born Modrzejewska)
died in California in Newport Beach in 1909. She first
learned English at age 35 and was a great friend of Ignace
Jan Paderewski, who visited her during his concert tours to
California at her residence in Anaheim. Her home, Arden
House, has been turned into a museum.
The newest rendition of Gorecki's III Symphony is a Polish
performance with Joanna Kozlowska, soprano and Kazimierz Kord
conducting the Warsaw Philharmonic. Philip ("solo" series)
Marco Polo has just released an interesting disc: Guitar
music by Alexandre Tansman (1897-1986). Mark Regnier. Marco
Moritz Moszkowski's (1854-1925) Piano Concerto in E, op. 59
(1898) is on Ondine ODE 818. Matti Raekallio, pianist.
Penderecki's Chamber Music is on Wergo WER 6258-2 with the
Silesian String Quartet, Waldemar Malicki, piano and
Aleksander Romanski, clarinet.
The Brodsky Quartet performs among others, 5 Pieces for
String Quartet by one of Poland's outstanding younger
composers, Pawel Szymanski. Silva Classics CD 6001.
A recent discovery: the 1940 Vatican Radio Recordings of the
pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski. Pearl PEA 9108.
The Maggini String Quartet recorded the Bacewicz String
Quartet no. 4 (1950) and Szymanowski's two String Quartets.
Quite a few CHOPIN new releases:Daniel Pollack, pianist and professor at the University of Southern California, recorded the
Sonatas, Nocturnes and Ballades on Infinity label. QK64373.
Canyon Classics is putting out The Complete Chopin. Jaroslav
Drzewiecki is on Volume 6 and Tatiana Shebanova on Volume 16.
Other artists to look for in these newest releases of Chopin's music:
Robert Silverman, Fou Ts'ong, Alexander
Uninsky, Horowitz, Istvan Szekely, Sandor Falvay, Benedetti,
Solomon, Michel Block, Cyprien Katsaris, Sylvia Toran,
Claudio Arrau, Georges Cziffra and David Zinman leading the
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra in Les Sylphides.
Conifer Classics CDCF 217 and 218 present chamber music of
the late Andrzej Panufnik: 3 String Quartets and Song to the
Virgin Mary for String Sextet. Chilingirian String Quartet
and Sinfonia concertante for flute, harp and strings,
Concertino for tympani, percussion & strings and Harmony for
chamber orch. London Musici.
As a result of the celebration of Polish music at BBC last
fall, a new disc entitled Polska! A celebration of Polish
Music. Music of Gorecki (Totus anni); Szymanowski (Six
Kurpian Songs); Bacewicz (III String Quartet); Waclaw Z
Szamotul (Seven songs); Penderecki (Agnus Dei). BBC Singers,
Bo Holten, director; Penderecki String Quartet. United U
Jascha Heifitz performing the Wieniawski Violin Concerto no.
2, op. 22. Grammofono 2000 GRM 78511.
For those of you who remember the tenor, Jan Kiepura, a
second volume is out on the Pearl label. CD 9079 "My song
for you" features various arias from opera, operettas and
popular songs. Includes duets with Marta Eggerth. Vol. 1 is
on CD 9976.
Be sure to look for these, if you don't have them in your
collection as yet: Szymanowski's opera, King Roger, on Marco
Polo (Opera Classics) 82233 39/40 which also includes Prince
Potemkin for orchestra and his great choral masterpiece
Stabat Mater. This time with the great American choral
director, Robert Shaw, leading the Atlanta Symphony and
Chorus. Telarc CD 80362.
The other "must have" in your collection should be
Lutoslawski's Symphonies no. 3 & 4 and Les espaces du sommeil
for baritone and orchestra. Sony Classical SK 66280. Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles PO (conductor), John Shirley-
Joan La Barbara wrote in the Spring 1995 Schwann Opus issue
"A recent Elektra Nonesuch recording (79348-2) of religious
settings that Gorecki wrote between 1972 and 1981, contains
some of the finest contemporary a capella choral writing
available today - it alternately soothes the spirit and moves
one to the edge of tears." The title work is Miserere and is
perofrmed by the Chicago Symphony and Chicago Lyric Opera
Choruses and conducted by John Nelson. Additional secular
works sung by the Lira Chamber Chorus are conducted by Lucy
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