Polish Music Newsletter

July 2016, Vol. 22, No. 7. ISSN 1098-9188. Published monthly.
Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California

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General/2012_pmclogo.jpgMany faithful Polish Music Center visitors and Polish Music Newsletter readers may have noticed that our URL has recently changed to pmc.usc.edu. This is due to server upgrade work that is being carried out by the University and will not affect the content of our site. Please also be aware that our old web address will continue to forward to this new URL for the foreseeable future so you do not need to update your links at this time.

However, the larger change that is afoot is a major upgrade to the PMC's website design and content, an upgrade which those same faithful visitors and readers will know is long overdue. We are working diligently with designers and web architects to renew the look and usability of our site, while maintaining the invaluable resource of musicological and cultural information that is housed within. Once this redesign is complete, we will have a new and permanent URL that will be shared with our users.

We thank you for tapping into the vast, 20+ year-old online treasure trove that is the PMC website. If you would like to support our upgrade efforts, please consider a tax-deductible donation of any size at: giveto.usc.edu (please specify “USC Polish Music Center” under “University-wide Giving Opportunities”--> “Centers & Institutes” to ensure that your gift get to the right place).

Thank you! Dziękujemy!



DKaminski_playing.jpgDuring his Masters and Doctoral studies at USC’s Thornton School of Music, percussionist Daniel Kaminski served as a Project Assistant at the PMC from 2005-2010, during which time he became an indispensable part of the PMC staff. Highly motivated, organized and self-directed, Daniel’s range of expertise in matters musical, clerical and technical far exceeded what we had ever hoped for in a student employee, and the PMC library, website and Newsletter benefitted greatly from Daniel’s dedication and wide range of skills.

Yet our highest admiration was always reserved for Daniel’s exceptional music-making. As a very talented and accomplished instrumentalist, Daniel contributed in many significant ways to a number of concerts we organized at USC and throughout Southern California. His musicianship elicited the highest praise from such composers as Stanisław Skrowaczewski and Marta Ptaszyńska, whose works he performed in concert. Thus, we were thrilled when, upon returning to Poland, Daniel won a much-deserved position with the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, where he continues to serve and is also a sought-after gig player for the many other high quality ensembles in the region.

In June 2016, in recognition of his undeniable musicianship and integrity, it was announced that Daniel had been invited by Jason Ginter to join the prestigious international roster of JGpercussion. Congratulations on this latest, well-deserved honor!

[Sources: facebook.com, jgpercussion.com]




On June 14, the winners of the 2016 Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers were announced at the Warsaw headquarters of Polish Music Publishers PWM. Formerly called the Youth Competition of Polish Composers’ Union (ZKP), the Baird Competition has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to help young Polish composers launch their careers and to encourage their independent activity.baird_portrait.jpg

As all compositions are submitted and judged anonymously, the composers were revealed only after the winners were decided. The winners of the 57th Baird Competition are as follows:

  • GRAND PRIZE: Trobey Pastora by Jakub Szafrański
  • Honorable Mention: Jako cień są nasze dni[Our Days are Like a Shadow] by Marek Raczyński
  • Honorable Mention: Reis Gloriasby Wojciech Trębicki
  • Honorable Mention: ...w okropnościach widzenia nocnego... [...in the horrors of the night…] by Michał Malec
  • Honorable Mention: Carmen Perpetuum by Aleksandra Chmielewska

A concert of the winning compositions was performed by proMODERN vocal sextet during the event.

[Sources: zkp.org.pl, polmic.pl]




The new CD by Meccore String Quartet, entitled Szymanowski & Debussy (Warner Music Poland), has been conquering Europeman market and has now won the Supersonic Award from Pizzicato classical music magazine (Luxembourg), which acknowledged Meccore as one of the best string quartets in Europe.

Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is considered one of the most distinguished Polish string quartets and has already won many international prizes. This ensemble studied at the Universität der Künste in Berlin, Germany and in a prestigious master ensemble class at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels, Belgium. These musicians have performed worldwide in renowned concert halls, including the following cities: London, New York, Vienna, Madrid and Berlin. In 2011 the quartet was nominated for the "Paszport Polityki" prize in the classical music category for innovative interpretations and breaking stereotypes.

Exuberant and very emotional interpretations have become Meccore’s trademark. Youthful expression combined with outstanding skills and true virtuosity delights audiences in many countries of the world. The group consists of four young artists (Wojciech Koprowski, Jarosław Nadrzycki, Michał Bryła and Karol Marianowski), whose personalities meet head-on in music, creating a consistent, yet vibrating with emotions, explosive mixture. Known as “bad boys” of the Polish quartet, they prove that music and real talent know no bounds. Asked about what they would never give up in art, they say: “With every note we struggle to break the stereotyped image of a quartet that an average listener associates with a wedding or a museum.” And though Meccore is, above all, an ultra-professional “philharmonic” ensemble, the artists like to surprise us with something completely new.

meccore-string-quartet_bw.jpgReleased last September, their latest record presents works of two composers – Karol Szymanowski and Claude Debussy—who also did not fit into standard framework, and whose choices (both artistic and in live) raise many controversies even today. Their music is pervaded with intensive shades of sensuality. Their quartets are sometimes mysterious and impulsive, spasmodic and soothing, leaving numerous possible interpretations to the listener.

This CD was recorded thanks to the Irene-Steels-Wilsing Stifung Foundation at the Oskar Kolberg Philharmonic in Kielce, Poland and the quality of recording was supervised by excellent sound directors Thomas Bössl and Leon Wagner. The album is the first classical record to enrich the Polskie Nagrania (Polish Records ‘Muse’) catalogue after its acquisition by Warner Music Group.

Learn more about this album and watch a beautiful dance interpretation of Meccore’s performance of movement III: Lento from Szymanowski’s String Quartet No. 2 at www.warnermusic.pl.

[Sources: press release, warnermusic.pl]



On June 2, 2016 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Academie du Disque Lyrique announced the winners of its prestigious annual “Golden Orpheus” Awards. Three of this year’s laureates are from the catalog of DUX—one of Poland’s premiere recording labels:


Prix Hector Berlioz for the best recording of sacred music: Ignaz Ritter von Seyfried Missa Solemnis in B minor cum Veni Sancte Spiritus, et Offertorio Graduate (1830) (DUX 1229)



Prix ​​de la SACD for the best interpretation of contemporary music: real life song feat. Joanna Freszel – soprano (DUX 1239)


Prix E. Schwarzkopf
for the best interpretation of songs: Ludwig Thuille, Richard Strauss Lieder (DUX 1217)


 [Source: prostoomuzyce.pl, academiedudisquelyrique.com]



On June 6, the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra announced the winners of the 2016 International "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta" Composition Competition. The purpose of the Competition was to encourage the composition of works for the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra. The winners were premiered on July 5, 2016 at the final concert of the 2nd International Sinfonietta Festival in Krakow. Michael Gatonska

The jury awarded the following prizes:

Michael Gatonska
(USA, pictured at right) for Sinfonietta - "Światowid”

Michael Gatonska for Sinfonietta - "White mist, white phantoms"
Aleksandra Chmielewska (PL) for Sinfonietta – "The Night of Fireworks"
Mateusz Śmigasiewicz (PL) for "Sinfonietta per 13 archi"

[Sources: press release, sinfonietta.pl]





kilar_fest_2016From May 12-26, 2016, the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra hosted the Kilar Contemporary Music Festival. This Festival has become one of the most important musical events in the region. The idea is to promote the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—the composers and their achievements, as well as the artists specializing in its interpretation.

During this year’s edition, works were performed by such composers as: Miłosz Bembinow, Andrzej Borzym Jr., Krzesimir Dębski, Krzysztof Herdzin, Anna Ignatowicz, Aleksander Kościów, Paweł Łukaszewski, Stanisław Moryto, and Tomasz Opałka as well as the World Premieres listed below:

  • May 15: “SHAKESPIRED” performed by proMODERN vocal sextet
    Wojciech BłażejczykSonet 46
    Maciej Zieliński
    That time of year
  • May 20: “FINAL GALA” performed by Gorzów Philharmonic, Monika Wolińska – cond.
    Dariusz PrzybylskiHeureusement for symphony orchestra (2016)*

* commissioned under the IMiT “Composer-in-Residence” program

[Sources: dariuszprzybylski.eu, festiwalmuzykiwspolczesnej.pl]



The 7th edition of the Tauron Musica Electronica Nova Festival (MEN) was held from May 19-22, 2016, for the first time in its new home at the National Forum of Music (NFM) in Wrocław. This year’s theme was “Growing,” which corresponded to the motto of Wrocław European Capital of Culture 2016: “Spaces for Beauty.” According to Festival Artistic Director Elżbieta Sikora:

The programme is themed around the idea of breeding and coming into existence, so unequivocally communicated in the installation of Jean-Luc Hervé, changing a part of the concrete square in front of the NFM into verdure growing with music. The installation is related to a concert by the most famous ensemble specialising in contemporary music, Paris’s Ensemble Intercontemporain… [who,] on their only second visit to Poland, will perform the world premiere of the work commissioned by them from Agata Zubel, a Wrocław-based composer now already enjoying international fame.

Below are the details of the two premieres which happened during the Festival:

  • May 20, “Confrontations” Concert: Piotr Roemer & Szymon Stanisław StrzelecDuet for symphony orchestra and electronics* was performed by the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic with Piotr Roemer and Szymon Stanisław Strzelec – electronics and Michał Klauza – conductor

* Commissioned by the National Forum of Music

** Commissioned by Ensemble Intercontemporain

[Source: nfm.wroclaw.pl]




On July 10, the Polish Radio Choir will host an evening with composer Paweł Mykietyn and a performance of his music—Shakespeare Sonnets for voice and piano and   for piano and tape—as well as Lutosławski’s Five Songs to the words of Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna. Soloists for the evening will be Anna Zawisza – soprano and Maciej Grzybowski – piano, and Tomasz Cyz.

Born in 1971, Pawel Mykietyn's dazzling career began when he was very young and he has enjoyed numerous successes both in Poland and abroad throughout. He studied composition under Włodzimierz Kotoński at the Academy of Music in Warsaw and, by the time he was 25, he had won second prize in the Andrzej Krzanowski Composing Competition, his La Strada premiered at the prestigious Warsaw Autumn Festival, and his 3 for 13 (commissioned by Polish Radio) won him first prize in the young composers' category during the 1995 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

This concert is the third in the Polish Radio Choir’s Musical Salon series at the Willa Decjusza in Kraków.  Previous concerts featured Aleksander Kościów (May 19) and Agata Zubel (June 12). Read a review of their last concert in the Salon Series here: www.ruchmuzyczny.art.pl (in Polish)

July 10, 2016 |   5:00 p.m.
Polish Radio Choir Musical Salon: Paweł Mykietyn
Willa Decjusza, ul. 28 Lipca 1943 17A, Kraków
Tickets & Info: fundacjasonoris.org

[Sources: polmic.pl, fundacjasonoris.org, facebook.com, culture.pl]





The 12th Festival of Polish Music will be held from July 8-17, 2016 at various venues throughout Kraków. The organizers have prepared a wide repertoire for this year’s Festival, which will include music from the Renaissance to the present. Below are a few of the concert highlights:

  • July 8: American pianist Eric Lu—Fourth Prize winner at the 2015 Chopin Competition—will join Sinfonietta Cracovia in a concert of Karłowicz, Kassern and Chopin
  • July 9 & July 16: On the bicentenary of the composer’s birth, Józef Michał Poniatowski’s fogotten opera in 3 acts— Don Desiderio (last staged in Lviv in 1878)—will be performed by soloists and the Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra with the K. Szymanowski Philharmonic Choir, and an “Opera Gala” featuring his arias will be sung by soprano Joanna Woś accompanied by NOSPR
  • July 16: A concert performed by flutist Łukasz Długosz and pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz juxtaposing Polish composers from classical to contemporary: Franciszek Lessel, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Tadeusz Szeligowski, and Wojciech Kilar

For a full listing of concerts, visit www.fmp.org.pl.

The Festival of Polish Music has been organized since 2005 by the Polish Music Association, founded by a group of musicologists, culture managers and music lovers. The essence of the Festival is not only to present valuable works by Polish composers, written from the Middle Ages to the present day, but also to contrast them with the world's music and display them in various contexts. The Organizers aim to mobilize the creation of compositional art by commissioning and premiering works of contemporary music.

July 8-17, 2016
Festival of Polish Music
Kraków, various venues

[Source: fmp.org.pl, sinfoniaiuventus.pl]



During the month of July, the 16th annual Ogrody Muzyczne [Musical Gardens] Festival will be held in the Courtyard of the Warsaw Castle. This year’s honored guest at the Festival is Slovakia, and thus this year’s theme is “…on both sides of the mountain….” Festival events include art, Polish culture and dance, opera and ballet. This year’s performers include VENI ensemble, Kandráčovci  folk ensemble, Paweł Kowalski – piano,  Nora a Miki Škutovci – piano duet, Agata Zubel – vocalist, Andrzej Bauer – cello, Bartek Wąsik – piano, Cezary Duchnowski – electronic instruments, and Krzesimir Dębski – composer and violinist. Polish composers featured on the concert programs this year include Chopin, Krzysztof Komeda, Tomasz Sikorski and Zygmunt Konieczny.

Ogrodymuz.jpgAlso referred to as the Warsaw Summer Music Salon, the Musical Gardens Festival has been organized in Warsaw since 2001. It features 30 artistic events each year, including concerts, film screenings and opera and ballet performances. The festival takes place at the Royal Castle in Warsaw in a huge tent with capacity to accommodate 1000 people. The program includes a special educational project for children entitled Children’s Music Gardens.

July 15 - August 8, 2016
Musical Gardens Festival
Warsaw Castle

[Sources: ogrodymuzyczne.pl, warsawcitybreak.com]




For the twentieth edition of the Nova Music and Architecture Festival in Toruń, organizers have prepared an extraordinary repertoire to celebrate this jubilee and invited a host of eminent musicians from all over the world to perform during the months of June-September. The Festival opened on June 24 with “A Blues Evening” featuring singer Marzena Ugorna, who was joined by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra to present her symphonic arrangements of some of the best blues hits. Another highlight of the Festival was a concert of young artists from Toruń and its sister city of Lutsk in the Ukraine, performing violin works by Henryk Wieniawski, Antonio Vivaldi, and several Ukrainian composers on July 2.nova_music_architecture_festival

For the first time in the festival’s tradition, apart from the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, audiences will hear brilliant performances by other orchestras from Ukraine, Korea and Płock. Poland’s most distinguished ensemble specializing in early music—Arte dei Suonatori—will perform their unique project of mixing the most famous pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach with Latino music played on conventional instruments. Also performing are: artists from Finland and young participants of the Paderewski Piano Academy, as well as the Black International Gospel Singers, singer Natalia Kukulska, the Atom String Quartet, and drummer Michał Dąbrówka. Other festival events include free film screenings and thematic guided tours aimed to present the musical aspects of the monuments of Toruń.

June-September 2016
Nova Music and Architecture Festival
Toruń, many venues

[Sources: muz-arch.pl]



The new Young Arts Festival will be held from June 30 – July 10, 2016 in Krosno, Poland. Festival guests included such esteemed artists as Szymon Krzeszowiec, violin; Łukasz Błaszczyk, violin; Bartłomiej Tełewiak, violin; Piero Massa, viola; Roberto Trainini, cello; Michał Sadzikowski, piano; and Krzesimir Dębski, conductor and composer—these musicians serve as both performers and pedagogues in the Young Arts Masterclass series. Highlights of this new Festival include a “Concert of Polish Music” on July 7 and a “Final Concert” featuring film music performed by vocalist Anna Jurksztowicz, the Teachers of Young Arts Masterclass and the Young Arts Orchestra, all led by Maestro Krzesimir Dębski, on July 10.

young-arts-festival_2016.jpgThe aim of the Foundation ‘Young Arts’ and its Young Arts Festival is to popularize classical music, believing that music in its wide spectrum does not have to be closed as a part of concert halls and too tight philharmonic programs. Organizers strive to meet with the students in non-obvious places and gain their attention with programs that delight.

By organizing artistic events and master classes at the highest level, the Foundation ‘Young Arts’ not only reaches the audience but also develops the talents of young people, in a modern and multi-faceted way. The approach to music is characterized by a focus on quality, openness to new aspects of music and concert presentation, and a practical approach to teaching and artistic development that combines the traditional improvement of solo repertoire with the joy of cooperation in the chamber orchestra setting.

June 30 - July 10, 2016
Young Arts Festival
Krosno, many venues

[Sources: prostoomuzyce.pl, youngarts.pl]




The Warsaw Summer Jazz Days Festival (July 7-10, 2016) is happening for the 25th time this year and, as always, this July concert series brings leading international jazz stars to town, mixed in with performances by local talent. This year’s performers include Piotr Wojtasik’s Tribute to Akwarium Project, the Steve Lehman Octet, Steve Coleman Five Elements, Robin Eubanks and Mental Images, John Medeski’s Mad Skillet, Marc Ribot & the Young Philadelphians, the James “Blood” Ulmer Odyssey Trio, Mutshspiell/Grigorian/Towner, John McLaughlin & the 4th Dimension, and the winners of IMiT’s Jazz Phonographic Debut: Forest Tuner and the Mateusz Pliniewicz Quartet.  Concerts are held in the Congress Hall of the Soho Factory complex in Praga.

July 7-10, 2016
Warsaw Summer Jazz Days
Praga, Congress Hall of The Soho factory

[Sources: prostoomuzyce.pl, warsawsummerjazzdays.pl]






The 17th ‘Kolori Polski’ [The Colors of Poland] Festival is organized by the Łódź Philharmonic and takes place from June to September 2016, and celebrates appreciation for classical music and for historical Łódź architecture.

Nearly all of the twenty concerts will be performed in a different places, including old churches and monasteries; mysterious castles and museums; valuable exhibits, and parks and forest glades. Listening to music in such places differs from the traditional concert experience offered by the philharmonic during fall/spring season. Projects inspired by folk culture, old art and unconventional arrangements of classical and popular music—many created newly for the Festival—dominate in the program. Audiences will have a chance to hear not only well established artists but also musicians just starting their careers. Some features offered to those who are not afraid to experience something new include: rare instruments, folk artists sharing the stage with professionals, and courageous improvisations. 

Admission to all concerts is free, with the exception of the final performance. Tickets for the final performance (September 2, 2016 at 7pm, in the Łódź Philharmonic Hall) will be sold online at www.filharmonia.lodz.pl and in the building of Łódź Philharmonic from June 30th until August 16that: www.filharmonia.lodz.pl

June-September, 2106
The Colors of Poland Festival
Łódź, multiple venues

[Sources: polmic.pl, filharmonia.lodz.pl



weinberg_cpo.jpgMieczysław WEINBERG (1919-1996)
Concertino for Violin and String Orchestra, Op. 42; Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes, Op. 47/3 (arr. Ewelina Nowicka); Symphony No. 10 for String Orchestra, Op. 98
Ewelina Nowicka (violin); Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio/Agnieszka Duczmal (Op. 42; Op. 47/3), Anna Duczmal-Mróz (Op. 98)
CPO 777 887-2

From a review by Michael Cookson on www.musicweb-international.com:

CPO has done sterling work on behalf of the Polish/Soviet composer Mieczysław Weinberg although it has concentrated on his chamber music (Piano; Winds; Violin: Vol. 1; Quartets: vol.2; vol. 5; vol. 6; Piano Trio). With this CD they have released one of the most interesting Weinberg albums and as someone once said, Weinberg’s music can be addictive.


Nineteen-strong, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio under Agnieszka Duczmal in the Concertino and the Moldavian Rhapsody, and Anna Duczmal-Mróz in the Tenth Symphony. They hardly put a foot wrong. CPO has lavished great care on the sound quality providing clarity and admirable balance. David Fanning’s booklet notes are as interesting and informative as one might expect from Weinberg’s biographer. A slight grumble about the booklet is the incorrect track indexing given for the symphony. There's no shortage of melody or emotional depth in this eminently accessible CPO release which makes a splendid case for Weinberg.

[Sources: Muzyka21, musicweb-international.com]



fitelberg_chandos.jpgChamber Works by Jerzy Fitelberg
String Quartet No. 1 (1926); Serenade for Viola and Piano (1943); Sonatine for Two Violins (1939); String Quartet No. 2 [Concerto for String Orchestra] (1928); Nachtmusik, Op. 9 “Fisches Nachtgesang” for Clarinet, Cello, and Celeste (1921)
ARC Ensemble
CHANDOS CHAN 10877 (available on Amazon.com)

The Grammy-nominated ARC Ensemble consists entirely of senior faculty members of the Glenn Gould School at Canada's Royal Conservatory of music and have, over the last ten years, acted as Canada's pre-eminent cultural ambassadors, raising international awareness of the excellent and rich musical life of the Royal Conseervatory. The ARC Ensemble has collaborated with a range of artists and is, through their meticulously researched performances and recordings, playing a leading role in unearthing repertoire that has been ignored due of political changes and shifts in musical fashion. The acclaimed "Music in Exile" series explores the works of composers forced to flee Europe during the tumultuous decade of the 1930's and has been presented in Tel Aviv, New York, London, Budapest, and Toronto. Music in Exile, Vol. 2 features premiere recordings of the chamber music of Jerzy Fltelberg, a Jewish composer forced to flee Europe in the 1930's who enjoyed a good deal of success in his lifetime in the United States but deserves to be made known to a wider audience across Europe.



joanna_bruzdowicz.jpgJoanna Bruzdowicz (1943)
16 Tableaux d'une Exposition Salvador Dali for piano; Spring in America - sonata for violin and piano; The Song of Hope and Love - sonata for cello and piano
Tomasz Jocz, piano; Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka, violin; Krzysztof Pawłowski, cello

[Sources: acteprealable.com]



dux_dariusz-przybylski-songs-and-piano-works.jpgPrzybylski: Songs and Piano Works
Dariusz Przybylski: Orpheus and Euridice Op. 20, poem for piano; 6 Songs to Words by Halina Poświatowska Op. 14 for soprano and piano; In shadow of Emily D. Op. 51 for piano; Broch Lieder Op. 70, 9 songs to words by Hermann Broch for baritone and piano; π [pi] Klavierstück I Op. 80 for piano and crotals ad libitum
Iwona Sobotka – soprano; Łukasz Hajduczenia – baritone; Daniel Brylewski – piano
DUX 1167

On the album we will find two song cycles by Dariusz Przybylski, to words by Halina Poświatowska and Hermann Broch, recorded by outstanding musicians of young generation: Iwona Sobotka—a.o. Grand Prix winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2004 and Łukasz Hajduczenia—recipient of numerous prizes at international competitions, including Moscow, Nowy Sącz, Duszniki-Zdrój and Katowice.

Two singers recorded the vocal works with an excellent interpreter of new music—Daniel Brylewski, who is alumnus of the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt am Main and has performed at many festivals such as Warsaw Autumn (Warszawska Jesien) and Berlin’s UltraShall with the European Workshop for Contemporary Music directed by Ruediger Bohn.

Daniel Brylewski recorded also three piano solo pieces by Dariusz Przybylski, among others π [pi] Klavierstück I, which is dedicated to him.

dux_marianborkowski-solo-works.jpgMarianBorkowski solo works
Marian Borkowski: Toccata for piano (1960); Images II for any solo string instrument (1975); Psalmus for organ (1975); Interludes Romantiques for piano (1976); Vox for any solo wind instrument (1977); Visions I for cello (1962); Fragmenti for piano (1962); Spectra for solo percussion (1980)
Marian Borkowski- piano; Andrzej Chorosiński- organ; Andrzej Dutkiewicz- piano; Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski- piano; Patrycja Piekutowska- violin; Zdzisław Piernik- tuba; Stanisław Skoczyński- percussion; Tomasz Strahl- cello
DUX 1279  

dux_pawel-lukaszewski-musica-profana-1.jpgPaweł Łukaszewski | Musica Profana 1
Paweł Łukaszewski: Two Preludes (1992); Stadium (2002); Haiku (2002)- text by Basho, Buson, Kyorai, Saimaro, Issa, Taig; Haiku (2002); Two Songs (2000)- text by Czesław Miłosz; Two Sacred Songs (1997); Dwa Sonety po śmierci (2010)- text by Stanisław Wyspiański; Trzy Pieśni (1992)- text by Marii Pawlikowskiej-Jasnorzewskiej; Quasi Sonata (1991); Piano Trio (2008)
Robert Gierlach- baritone; Romuald Gołębiowski- clarinet; Ewa Guz-Seroka- piano; Piotr Hausenplas- cello; Anna Lubańska- mezzo soprano; Anna Mikołajczyk- soprano; Kamila Wąsik-Janiak- violin
DUX 1276

[Sources: dux.pl, dariuszprzybylski.eu]




On the occasion of Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s 75th death anniversary, the National Center of Culture in Warsaw organized a Musical Marathon to commemorate the great composer. It was held on June 29, 2016 at Krakowskie Przedmieście 15/17.

Well known virutosi as well as many rising young talents, including music students from Warsaw’s music high schools and students of the Fryderyk Chopin Music University in Warsaw, performed in the courtyard of the Center’s Kordegard library.  The program included compositions by Paderewski as well as pieces from his extensive piano repertoire. The marathon commenced at 3 PM with a recital by Maciej Grzybowski and ended at 8:30 PM with a performance by Paweł Kowalski. Before the performances, Wiesław Dąbrowski’s short film “Paderewski: Man of Action, Success and Fame” was screened.

[Sources: polmic.pl]



On June 30, 2016, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra closed out the 2015/2016 Barbican season in London with Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman performing Brahms’s Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor.

Excerpt from a concert review by Andrew Clements for The Guardian:

The first half of the concert had obviously been conceived as a unity: Rattle began by conducting a perfectly hushed account of Charles Ives’s The Unanswered Question, the interrogating solo trumpet and the ethereal strings off stage, the querulous quartet of flutes stationed around the edge of the platform, and that led without a break into the concerto’s solo piano opening. The first two movements of the concerto were elided, so the 45-minute span became a seamless whole, with Zimerman’s delicate, crystalline playing tracing its trajectory.

[Source: barbican.org.uk]


    • July 04, 1904 - Artur MALAWSKI, composer (d. 1957)
    • July 06, 1837 - Władysław ŻELEŃSKI, composer (also a doctor of philosophy, d.1921)
    • July 09, 1931 - Eugeniusz KNAPIK, composer
    • July 10, 1936 - Jan Wincenty HAWEL, composer and conductor
    • July 10, 1835 - Henryk WIENIAWSKI, violin virtuoso & composer (d. 1880, Moscow)
    • July 10, 1929 - Tadeusz STRUMIŁŁO, musicologist (d. 1956)
    • July 13, 1775 - Antoni Henryk RADZIWIŁŁ, composer, cellist, patron of arts (d. 1833)
    • July 14, 1926 - Jan KRENZ, conductor & composer
    • July 16, 1947 - Grażyna PSTROKOŃSKA-NAWRATIL, composer
    • July 17, 1932 - Wojciech KILAR, composer
    • July 22, 1930 - Leoncjusz CIUCIURA, composer
    • July 23, 1884 - Apolinary SZELUTO, composer, member of Młoda Polska [Young Poland] group (d. 1966)
    • July 26, 1928 - Tadeusz BAIRD, composer (d. 1982)
    • July 26, 1922 - Andrzej KOSZEWSKI, composer (choral music)
    • July 29, 1943 - Marta PTASZYŃSKA, composer & percussionist
    • July 31, 1810 - Julian FONTANA, close friend and musical associate of Chopin (d.1869)


    • July 1, 2001 - Halina CZERNY-STEFANSKA (b. 1922), pianist
    • July 6, 1911 - Kazimierz HOFMANN (b. 1842), pianist, composer, and father of the renowned virtuoso and director of Curtis Institute, Józef Hofmann
    • July 8, 1906 - Franciszek BORNIK (b. 1870), priest, conductor, writer
    • July 21, 1964 - Zygmunt SITOWSKI (b. 1906), musicologist
    • July 23, 1829 - Wojciech BOGUSŁAWSKI (b. 1757), the first theatre director in Poland, the author of several opera libretti (set by J. Stefani and J. Elsner)
    • July 23, 1909 - Zygmunt NOSKOWSKI (b. 1846), composer, pedagogue and conductor
    • July 25, 1831 - Maria SZYMANOWSKA (b. 1789), pianist and composer

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