Two of Paderewski's most important piano works are the Sonata, op. 21 and the Variations. Very difficult and challenging. Olympia OCD 302 has Barbara Hesse-Bukwska playing the Sonata.
Paderewski also composed a Sonata for violin and piano. You can hear it on Pavane ADW 7283 performed by Robert Szreder and Boguslaw Strobel. The two Polish artists, who live in Holland and Belgium, also perform Szymanowski's Sonata in d minor, op. 9 and Lutoslawski's "Partita" on this CD.
After graduating from the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw in 1966 with an MA in piano and composition (with K. Sikorski), she received a scholarship from the French government to pursue composition studies with Nadia Boulanger, Olivier Messiaen and Pierre Schaeffer.
She composed several operas ("The Penal Colony" after Franz Kafka; "The Women of Troy;" "The Gates of Paradise") which enjoyed a successful run in Warsaw. An opera-musical "Tides and Waves" based on the contemporary drug scene, was commissioned for the Olympics in Barcelona. She has also written symphonic works and chamber music, piano music, electroacoustic and electronic music, as well as compostitions for ballet, theater, film and television.
She wrote the music to several films of Agnes Varda, including "Vagabond" which was awarded the "Golden Lion of Venice" and "Jacquot de Nantes," which was an official selection for the Cannes Festival in 1991.
Full of energy and always on the go, Joanna Bruzdowicz founded the "Jeunesses Musicales of Poland" while studying in Paris. She is the president of the "Chopin-Szymanowski Society of Belgium" and vice-president of the "International Federation of Chopin Societies," as well as being active in several other groups.
She and her husband have written the screenplay for a series of 36 TV-films "Stahlkammer Zurich," for the First German TV channel (ARD). They have also conceived a series for children, "Maupy's Planet," which unites modern science with nature and th e world of imagination. The music to all these is composed by Joanna Bruzdowicz. They have also published a series of books for children with an international theme.
Her latest compositions include: "The Cry of the Phoenix," a concerto for cello and symphony orchestra written for the 50th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising in 1994 with a first performance in Lublin, Poland. She also wrote "Spring in America," a sonata for violin and piano written specifically for R. Szreder and B. Strobel for the Polish Music Festival at Lincoln Center, NY in April, 1994.
Of particular interest is the beautiful, modern setting of the "Stabat Mater" for a cappella choir commissioned by the Polish Music Reference Center at USC for a performance at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California honoring three people w ho made the Hall of Crucifixion possible: its founder, Dr. Hubert Eaton; artist Jan Styka who painted "The Crucifixion" and Ignace Jan Paderewski, who conceived and commissioned the 10,000 square foot - five stories high - painting.
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