Vol. 2, no. 6
RESULTS of the 47th Annual Chopin Piano Competition at the
Kosciuszko Foundation held May 9 - 11th in New York:
No I or II Prizes awarded!
Three-way Tie for III place:
- Sayaka Tanikawa
- Andrew Russo
- Grant Moffitt
Abbey Simon was the chairman of the panel of Jurors.
WINNERS of the new Chopin International Piano Competition Of
The Pacific held on May 19th Hawaii:
Sean Kennard - 11 years old
MULTIMEDIA CHOPIN is a CD-ROM available from Poland Import
Export, 44216 Bettina Ave., San Mateo, CA 94403. Tel/Fax
Made in the USA the disc consists of (1) Chopin's Life
written by Dr. A. Leikin (2) Music Hall where Chopin's music
is performed by Prof. Leikin, an internationally known
specialist in Romantic piano performance. (3) Ask the
Professor contains discussion of Chopin's music (4) Chopin's
Europe. Here the user can "select from a map any place
associated with Chopin" "19-th c. paintings, drawings and
rare 19th c. postcards and also a slide show of images with
Chopin's music in the background."
STANDARD INTERNATIONAL of Wroclaw, Poland announced the
release of a Limited Luxury Book, The Final Work Of Witold
Lutoslawski with an audiophile cassette, Voice Of Lutoslawski
, recorded in two languages (Eng/Pol) and a compact disc of
the Last Concert and Last Symphony. Warsaw National
Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer. In
addition to the Fourth symphony the CD includes the First
Symphony, Les espaces de sommeil, Chain 3. US $150. A
collector's item! Order from Standard Int'l, Pereca 30-6,
53-430 Wroclaw, Poland. FAX: (48 71) 62-52-25.
A book about Jozef Koffler, a composer who perished in a Nazi
concentration camp during WWII, has just been published.
Author: Maciej Golab. Szymanowski author/specialist Teresa
Chylinska reviewed it in the music journal, Ruch Muzyczny.
She reports that of only eight of his works dedicated to
anyone, two were dedicated to composers Schonberg and
Szymanowski As Post-Wagnerian. The Love Songs Of Hafiz, Op.
24 has been published as an outstanding dissertation in music
from British universities. Written by Stephen C. Downes,
recipient of the Wilk Prizes for Research in Polish Music, it
is available from Garland Publishing (800-627-6273).
Reprint of the cherished classic, Song, Dance And Customs Of
Peasant Poland by Sula Benet with a preface by Dr. Margaret
Mead. New from HIPPOCRENE BOOKS, 171 Madison Ave. New York,
NY 10016-1002, (212) 685-4371 or Charge orders (718) 454-
MAY 9: Live broadcast over radio station KUSC in Los Angeles
of the Pacific Symphony performing Brahms, Tchaikovsky and
Gorecki's Symphony no. 3, op. 36 "Symphony of the Sorrowful
Songs" with Cheryl Parrish, soprano and Carl St. Clair
MAY: Last part of the "Musica Antiqua Polonica" series at the
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts was completed
in May with a performance by the ensemble II Tempo featuring
Polish music of the 17th c. (Jarzebski, Mielczewski,
Szarzybski and Podbielski, greatest representatives of the
Polish Baroque) and also music of Oginski and Janiewicz
(early classical period). Roman Markowicz reviewed it
favorably in the Polish-American daily from New York. He
also recommends looking for the CD "Jewels of the Baroque"
Dorian Discovery label (DIS 80136) featuring Polish Baroque
music by another Polish Ensemble, "Tutti E Solo" from Poznan
with music by the same composers and the "exquisite vocals"
by Benigna Jaskulska, soprano.
MAY 15: Adam Makowicz, jazz pianist, performed at Carnegie
Hall in a program dedicated to Jazz great, Errol Garner.
Last year Makowicz dedicated his program to Art Tatum. Both
jazz greats are the pianist's idols and he credits them with
his love for jazz. Adam is on his way to his native Poland
to perform music of American composers Gershwin, Berlin and
Cole Porter this summer.
MAY 17: Polish Pianist Krystian Zimerman performed at the
Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank in London as part of
the International Piano Series.
MAY 18: The Westchester Choral Society performed Gorecki's
"Miserere" at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College
For graduation Shane Carpenter presented his Master's Recital
at Akron State University in which he performed the music of
the Polish composer, Marta Ptaszynska, exclusively. Marta is
just completing another stint of teaching composition at
Jan Sporek celebrated the fifth anniversary of his Piano
School (Music Education Center) at the Polish-Slavic Center
in Greenpoint, NY. with a weekend of music in April: Recitals
by his students, a jazz concert by Adam Makowicz and a
performance by Esprit De Chorus, a choral group directed and
founded by him.
JULY 8: Young Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski is paired
with Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova in a recital of music
of Brahms, Janacek, Webern and Beethoven in Draper's Hall.
Part of the City of London Festival.
JUNE: Tour of Japan by Poland's greatest symphony orchestra
of Katowice led by Antoni Wit, conductor. Performing with
them, II Prize winner of the Chopin International Competition
June 21-24: Fete De La Musique in Honolulu. Sponsored by the
Polish Cultural Society of Hawaii (formerly the "Chopin
Society of Hawaii") with Polish artists participating. For
more information contact the Events Coordinator for the
festival, Voytek Jarnot. FAX: (808) 845-2466.
AUGUST 2-10: 50th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-
Zdroj. Last year 420 piano works, including 276 by Chopin,
were performed by 25 pianist in 11 days, 33 concerts.
Duszniki-Zdroj is a well-known health resort in the southern
part of Silesia.
JAN 14-19, 1997: Barbican Lutoslawski Festival under the
auspices of BBC and Guildhall School of Music Events will be
dedicated to the late Witold Lutoslawski, who was born on
January 25, 1913. Participants will include the BBC Symphony
Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
composer/musicologists Jozef Patkowski, Steven Stucky, John
Casken, Charles Bodman Rae and Adrian Thomas.
DISCOGRAPHY. NEWEST RELEASES:
New and recommended for purchase:
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Angeles Philharmonic (1993); Piano Concerto (1987);
"Chantefleurs et Chantefables" (1990); Symphony no. 2 (1967).
Los Angeles Phil., Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond.; Paul Crossley,
piano; Dawn UPSHAW, soprano. Daniel Cariaga of the Los
Angeles Times describes it as "brilliantly revealing four
facets of Witold Lutoslawski's progressive and atonal style."
POLYGRAM RECORDS in a co-production with ACCORD RECORDS
(Polish Radio) has released Marta Ptaszynska's "Holocaust
Memorial" with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, conducting. The US
premiere of the cantata took place on January 29, 1996 at
Drinko Recital Hall, Cleveland State University performed by
the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
The music of Petrus de Grudziadz (c. 1400-1700): 13 Chansons
and 5 Motets. Performed by the Bornus Consort and Ensemble
Ars Nova De Varsovie. Accord. Order from Ethel Enterprises
(800-648-2042) as #201412ACC for $15.59. On the Internet at
CONCORD JAZZ CCD 4673. Ken Peplowski in "It's a Lonesome Old
Town." "Glossy sound of Peplowski's clarinet combines
beautifully with Tom Harrell, one of the most delicate and
subtle of all contemporary trumpeters," in three of the
pieces and "Marian McPartland plays piano in three others."
Reviewed by David Gutman in Gramophone, April 1996. Best Jazz
50% off on Polish Christmas Carols music VIDEOS: #V415
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Ewa BEM, Andrzej HIOLSKI, Bernard LADYSZ, Janusz OLEJNICZAK,
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"Wigilia" (Polish Christmas Cooking) from POL ART (800-278-
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From H&B RECORDINGS DIRECT you can order CHOPIN: PIANO
COLLECTIONS PRL 9641 for $14.83. Includes pianists Cortot,
Backhaus & Ashkenazy. (800-222-6872).
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
Hard-to-find scores of Polish composers can be yours now?
Enter Robert COMMAGERE of Los Angeles to the rescue! He
makes beautifully bound copies from originals.
Polish composers in the Robert Commagere Music Collection:
Badarzewska, Deszczynski, Dobrzynski, Dombroski, Jules
Fontana (friend of Chopin), Ignaz Friedman, Clementine
Grabowska, Josef Hofmann, Lipinski, Melcer, Michalowski,
Mlynarski, Moszkowski, Koczalski, de Kontski, Noskowski,
Nowakowski, Oginski, Pachulski, Paderewski, Rozycki,
Stojowski, Szymanowska (Maria), Szymanowski, Wielhorski,
Wieniawski Henri & Joseph, Zarebski, Zarzycki & Zelenski.
E-mail address: email@example.com or telephone (310)
French composer Henri Dutilleux's great grandfather on his
mother's side was born in Poland (name of Koziel)? The
family later emigrated to the Alsace region of France.
Dutilleux spoke of his Polish connection in the April issue
of Ruch Muzyczny.
COMMEMORATIONS & ANNIVERSARIES:
June 6, 1929 - Boguslaw Schaeffer
June 12, 1897 - Alexandre Tansman
COMPOSER OF THE MONTH: ALEXANDRE TANSMAN
Plan for a CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION of Tansman's birth in 1997!
For addresses of the composer's publishers or the Friends of
Tansman Society in France or individuals dedicated to the
memory of this outstanding composer contact me by e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Polish Music Reference Center,
USC School of Music, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0851.
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