Polish Music Newsletter Vol. 21, no. 11
Zebrowski & Lynch On Vinyl
Barren train stations, Polish factories at night, and silent hotels where lonely travellers meet. These are the images and suggested narratives that pervade the spirit of Polish Night Music, the musical collaboration between American filmmaker David Lynch and Polish Music Center Director, concert pianist and composer Marek Zebrowski. On November 13, the first-ever vinyl pressing of Polish Night Music will be released. This album was previously released only as limited-edition, now out-of-print CD in 2008.
Read a review of this project at www.theguardian.com.
The 2x heavyweight LP includes the original tracks— 1.Night (Memories of Machines) 2.Night (Unfilled Dreams) 3.Night (The Great Electrical Pants Stand Like Cathedrals) 4.Night (Snowfalls Through The Black Leafless Trees)—as well as a previously unreleased bonus 4 track live album.
2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital Broadcast On KUSC
The Polish Music Center’s 2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital will air this Sunday, November 9 at 9:00 pm on KUSC-FM’s Thornton Center Stage. This broadcast will be available in Southern California on 91.5 FM and worldwide on KUSC.org.
2015 Paderewski Festival
The 2015 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles kicked off this Thursday, November 5, and will run until Sunday, November 8. The schedule is packed with diverse concerts of excellent musicians, including: a multimedia concert with the City of Angeles Saxophone Quartet, a selection of modern Polish music interpreted for the accordion by the dynamic Motion Trio, a recital of solo piano music by Paderewski and Chopin performed by Thomas Pandolfi, a lecture about the history and future of the Paderewski Festival given by Festival Board members Joel Peterson and Marek Zebrowski, and much more.
Recent Donations to the PMC Library
Thank you for expanding our collection!
CD donations: Maciej Zielinski
On November, Polish composer Maciej Zieliński visited the Polish Music Center and donated the following recordings of his music: “Across the Milenniums” (Polskie Radio PRCD 1435), “V Symphony” (DUX 0988), and “Sounds of Love” (Polskie Radio PRCD 1354-1355). In L.A. for several film studio meetings, Zieliński’s works encompass contemporary classical, film, theatre and commercial music as well as written music for television programs and commercials. He is most popularly known for his soundtracks to many Polish blockbusters, such as “Tango de Amor” from the movie “Never in My Life.” As a composer and arranger, he has collaborated with many Polish artists, including Kayah, Ania Dabrowska, De Su, and Agnieszka Wilczynska, among many others. Many of his compositions have been performed at music festivals as well, namely the Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Synthesizer-Musik-Festival, the European Youth Music Festival, and World Music Days. In 2012, he was nominated for the Frederic 2012 Award in the category “Best Composer of the Year.” Zielinski has won many awards internationally and abroad, including the Tytan Award (1993), Kreatura (2000), Silver Granade (2009), and the Alan Bush Composition Prize (1999).
CD donation: Neo Quartet
During his recent performances in Southern France, PMC Director Marek Zebrowski performed with the Neo Quartet. Out of this collaboration came a donation of the ensemble’s recent recording of “Aleksander Kościów: String Quartets” (DUX 1171). This album of works by Aleksander Kościów is an excellent example of the NeoQuartet’s mission to collaborate with contemporary composers and to make their music familiar to the wider audience.
CD donation: Nikita Mndoyants
During his recent return to Southern California, Russian pianist Nikita Mndoyants—who previously won the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz and subsequently served as the Gala performer for the 2008 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles—presented the PMC with his recording entitled “Nikita Mndoyants: In Search of Freedom” (PRD/DSD 250 296).
Materials from Poland
Participants in the 2015 Paderewski Festival Youth Cultural Exchange had several new opportunities for cultural exploration during this year’s exchange, including visits to the Radziejowice Palace and the Chopin Museum in Warsaw. While in these beautiful and educational locations, PMC Director and Paderewski Festival Artistic Director Marek Zebrowski received the following donations to the PMC library:
From dir. Bogumił Mrówczyński (left), of Radziejowice Palace: Program of the “VII Letni Festiwal im. Jerzego Waldorffa (Radziejowice 4-11 lipca 2015)”
From Monika Strugała (left) of the Chopin Society in Warsaw: “Chopin: Muzeum Chopina”
And finally, the PMC received an incredible new resource from the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk. Edited by Marek Podhajski, Polish Music. Polish Music Composers 1918-2010 is a 1300 page tome dedicated to information about all of the Polish composers active during the years 1918-2010. It was co-published by the Moniuszko Music Academy and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. For a listing of articles and more information, visit www.wydawnictwokul.lublin.pl.
Górecki’s Last Work: Sanctus Adalbertus
On 4 November 2015, the last known composition of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, who died five years ago, will have its World Premiere in Kraków at the ICE Congress Centre. This premiere performance of Sanctus Adalbertus, as well as the celebratory Fanfara by Paweł Mykietyn that was composed especially for this occasion, will crown the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of PWM Edition. Performers for the concert will be: Wioletta Chodowicz – soprano, Artur Ruciński – baritone, the Polish Radio Choir and Kraków Philharmonic Choir, as well as the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra with Jacek Kaspszyk as conductor.
The first performance of this monumental work, devoted to the figure of the first patron of Poland, St. Adalbert, has long been discussed. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki wrote it already in 1997 for the thousandth anniversary of the martyrdom of the bishop from Prague. The oratory was to be performed during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Poland and was supposed to be dedicated to the Polish Pope. However, the first performance did not take place and, ultimately, the work was never presented in public. The oratory would come up time and again in the successive years, giving music lovers hope for hearing it, especially as Górecki rarely composed at that time and struggled with health issues. However, Górecki died in November 2010, leaving the question of the premiere of Sanctus Adalbertus unanswered.
After his death, his son Mikołaj Górecki found the complete oratory. With the consent of the family, the world premiere of the work written by one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century will take place five years after his death, and at the height of the celebrations of PWM Edition’s 70th anniversary. The event has a symbolic character, as Górecki published his first pieces with PWM Edition and was associated with this publishing house throughout his artistic life.
In addition to the world premiere of Sanctus Adalbertus Op. 71 for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra and Fanfara by Paweł Mykietyn, on November 4 the audience will also hear Eternal Songs Op. 10 by Mieczysław Karłowicz.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.
World Premiere of Górecki’s last work – Sanctus Adalbertus/PWM’s 70th Anniversary
ICE Congress Centre, ul. Marii Konopnickiej 17, Kraków
New Opera By Krauze
Olimpia z Gdańska [Olympia of Gdańsk], a new opera by Polish composer Zygmunt Krauze, will be presented by the Opera Bałtycka in Gdańsk in its World Premiere performance on November 20, 2015. The main performers are Anna Mikołajczyk (Stanisława), Jan Monowid (Robespierre), and Monika Ledzion (Olimpia).
As described by Director Jerzy Lech, this opera “defies traditional narrative theater.” Written by Krystyna and Blaise de Obaldia, the libretto mingles the settings of 1930s Gdańsk and Revolutionary France, centering on a woman named Stanisława Przybyszewska who is writing a novel in one place about the other. Over the course of the opera’s story, time and relationships are shown to be porous and easily cross over into each other. Together with the main character in her novel, French Revolutionary icon Olimpia de Gouges, Stanisława not only takes part in the war but also undergoes a deep personal and ideological metamorphosis.
November 20-22, 2015 | 7:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Olimpia z Gdanska
Baltic Opera in Gdansk
al. Zwyciestwa 15, 80-219 Gdansk, Poland
Stańczyk US Premiere
Danish guitarist Mikkel Andersen will play the US premiere of the guitar version of Marcin Stańczyk’s Aftersounds at the University of Miami on November 13, 2015.
Marcin Stańczyk (b. Nov. 16, 1977) is a law graduate from the University of Łódź and completed studies in music theory and composition with Zygmunt Krauze at the Music Academy of Łódź. After graduating, he moved to Rome for 3-years postgraduate studies at the Accdemia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Ivan Fedele. He has participated in the Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn (Netherland); masterclasses with Klangforum Wien and Trilok Gurtu during La Biennale di Venezia (2007-2008); composition courses at Voix Nouvelles 2009; Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt (2010); and Jerwood Opera Writing Programme (2010-2011). As a composer he has won 10 international composers competitions in Poland, Italy, Netherland, Romania, Germany, Japan, China and the US, and has been recipient of numerous scholarships, from such institutions as: Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Young Poland 2007), Italian Government, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Aldeburgh Centre of Music, Witold Lutosławski Society (2011 scholarship). He also participates in the Young Composers Program established by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre of Music (2007-2010). He works both at the Regional Administrative Court in Łódź as well as the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra in Łódź and at the Academy Music in Łódź as a lecturer on contemporary compositional techniques and electronic music.
Friday, November 13, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
University of Miami
S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gabels, Florida 33124
[Source: press release, mikkelandersen.dk]
Łukaszewski World Premiere
A new choral piece by Paweł Łukaszewski—Veni Sancte Spiritus for Two Unaccompanied Mixed Choirs, dedicated to the memory of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki—was performed by the orchestra and choir of the Kraków Philharmonic for the first time on October 2 at an oratory concert at Kraków Philharmonic Hall.
The program also featured Przybądź Duchu Święty [Come, Holy Spirit] Op. 61 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Towards the Unknown Region by Ralph Vaughan Williams and the Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert was performed by the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Martyn Brabbins and the Kraków Philharmonic Choir, prepared by Teresa Majka-Pacanek.
From the program notes by Dorota Staszkiewicz on the Kraków Philharmonic:
The lyrics of “golden” sequence pertaining to the Holy Spirit refer to one of the most important theses of the Christian faith, therefore it has been interpreted by composers from different nationalities and periods of time—including H.M. Górecki and P. Łukaszewski. The song Przybądź Duchu Święty op. 61 by Górecki was based on the Polish translation of a text from a songbook by Fr. W. Lewkowicz, and the work Veni Sancte Spiritus by Łukaszewski is in the original Latin, however in both of these sacred compositions the word plays a very important role.
Polish Monographic Programs In Berlin
On November 6, the Ensemble KNM Berlin will feature works by Wojtek Blecharz—Counter-Earth for clarinetist and objects (2015), blacksnowfalls for timpano solo (2014), and The Map of Tenderness for cello solo (2012)—during their first portrait concert at Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, Germany. Entitled “Pol(s)ka & Kontext mit Wojtek Blecharz,” the program is the first half of a two-part concert.
Then on November 8, KNM Berlin will present “Pol(s)ka & Kontext mit Jagoda Szmytka” at Kunstquartier Bethanien. Also the first half of a two-part concert, the program will include the following works by young Polish composer Jagoda Szmytka: empty music for audiovisual contextual composition (2014), sky-me, type-me for four voices amplified with megaphones (2011), f* for music for E-guitar and amplified cello (2012), and for travellers like angels or vampires for amplified ensemble (2012).
Ensemble KNM Berlin is comprised of: Rebecca Lenton, flute; Gudrun Reschke, performer; Theo Nabicht, saxophone/clarinets; Alexandre Babel, percussion; Frank Gutschmidt, piano/E-piano; Seth Josel, E-guitar; Martin Steuber, E-guitar; Nathalie Amstutz, harp; Theodor Flindell, violin; Kirstin Maria Pientka, viola; Cosima Gerhardt, cello.
Grawemeyer Awards 30th Anniversary
From November 10-15, the 2015 University of Louisville New Music Festival will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Grawemeyer Awards, one of the most prestigious prizes in the world. Founded by H. Charles Grawemeyer to help make the world a better place, the Awards are given annually by the University of Louisville to individuals in the areas of Education, Ideas Improving World Order, Music Composition, Religion, and Psychology. Of the five awards, the Music Composition award is the oldest, and was awarded for the first time in 1985 to Witold Lutosławski for his Symphony No. 3. Lutosławski is one of only two Polish composers to receive the award in its 30 year history, the second being Krzysztof Penderecki, who won the award for his symphonic piece Adagio for Large Orchestra in 1992.
With the New Music Festival’s focus this year on composers who have previously won a Grawemeyer Award, Penderecki and Lutosławski’s music will have a strong presence at various concerts, including one on November 12 presented by the Louisville Orchestra, celebrated for its First Edition Recordings series of new music by living composers. The Festival will host the 2003 Grawemeyer winner, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, as this year’s special guest. French composer and visual artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière, American flutist Camilla Hoitenga and Danish cellist Jakob Kullberg will also be festival guests.
The School of Music at the University of Louisville has long been associated with the performance and creation of contemporary music, thanks in large part to the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition as well as the annual New Music Festival. Polish composer Krzysztof Wołek works at the University of Louisville as a Professor of Music Composition and is the primary festival coordinator. The2015 New Music Festival is presented by the University of Louisville School of Music in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
New Edition Of Quarta
The latest edition of PWM’s quarterly music magazine, Quarta, was published in September 2015 and is now available on issuu.com. In celebration of this year’s 17th edition of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the issue is entitled “Chopin, simply the best,” and has such features as: a conversation with Rafał Blecharz, the last Polish winner of the Competition; a review of the two sets of the complete works of Chopin published by PWM, considered to the international standard bearer.
Motion Trio – West Coast Tour
Presented in cooperation with the Polish Consul General of Los Angeles, Motion Trio performed on November 1 to a full house crowd at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). The group is currently in the U.S. promoting their “Polonium” album of music by 20th and 21st century Polish composers, and they will also perform in Seattle and Paso Robles, California.
Motion Trio is a Polish accordion trio founded in 1996 by Janusz Wojtarowicz and rounded out by Paweł Baranek and Marcin Gałażyn. The group has worked with such artists as Michael Nyman, Bobby McFerrin, and Michał Urbaniak, and have been awarded such prizes as the grand prix 4th Edition of the Krzysztof Penderecki International Contemporary Chamber Music Competition.
Sunday, November 1, 2015 | 6:00 PM
Motion Trio at SUNDAYS LIVE! Chamber Music Series
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Bing Theater
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Admission is free.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 7:30 pm
Motion Trio at Seattle Symphony
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall, Benaroya Hall
200 University St., Seattle, WA 98101
Info & Tickets: seattlesymphony.org
Friday, November 6, 2015 | 7 PM
Motion Trio at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
1232 Park St. #200, Paso Robles
Info & Tickets: www.paderewskifest.com
Skrowaczewski On Tour at 92
Stanisław Skrowaczewski returned to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31, 2015, shortly after his 92nd birthday. A renowned interpreter of Bruckner, Skrowaczewski conducted Bruckner’s Symphony No.5 in B-flat major (1878 Nowak edition), following two hugely successful performances in recent years with the LPO of Bruckner’s Symphony No.3 in D minor (LPO–0084) and Symphony No.7 (LPO–0071), both recorded live and released on the LPO label. Reviews of those recordings are below:
“Luminous in texture and majestically clear of purpose, with an exceptionally serene slow movement and a warm-hearted Trio. Tempi are wonderfully sustained … and climaxes are reached patiently and lyrically.” Bruckner Symphony No.7 (2013), *****, Financial Times
“The LPO … bring a warmth and holistic purity … Skrowaczewski keeps his head when, all around him, other conductors lose theirs.” Bruckner Symphony No.3 (2015), Gramophone [Click here to watch Skrowaczewski and the Berliner Philharmoniker perform Bruckner Symphony No.3]
Another long-standing musical relationship that the maestro will be celebrating this fall is that with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, an orchestra with which he has been connected since 1978, and in 2001, he was appointed their Principal Guest Conductor. Together they have recorded the complete symphonies of Bruckner, Beethoven, Schumann and most recently Brahms. This joint work has been documented in a 28-CD box set, released two years ago by Oehms Classics for the 90th birthday of the maestro.
Friday, November 6, 2015 | 8:00 pm
Congresshalle in Saarlandhalle
An der Saarlandhalle 1, 66113 Saarbrucken, Germany
Tickets & Info: drp-orchester.de
Paderewski Symphony Orchestra Gala In Chicago
The Paderewski Symphony Orchestra in Chicago honors the legacy of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), one of the greatest pianists from the Golden Age of Piano, composer extraordinaire, philanthropist, political leader, diplomat and the first Prime Minister of Poland. The Paderewski Gala celebrating the 155th anniversary of the legendary artist’s birth will take place at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall on November 8, 2015 at 3pm and will feature Paderewski’s own compositions including the virtuosic Piano Concerto in A Minor and the monumental Vivace from his Symphony in B Minor, as well as Elgar’s Polonia Overture and Chopin’s Andante spinato et grande polonaise brillante.
Paderewski’s career took him on twenty concert tours in the U.S. including 1,500 performances, 65 of which were in Chicago. In 1892, he performed at the inaugural season of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Theodore Thomas and in 1931 he played his own Piano Concerto under the baton of Frederick Stock at Northwestern University.
Under the baton of the orchestra’s music director Wojciech Niewrzol, the 29-year-old concert pianist Igor Lipinski will be featured as the soloist in the Paderewski Concerto. Lipinski, a graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music and a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University, made his American orchestra debut playing the Paderewski Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on NPR’s Performance Today. At age 12, he received the Grand Prix Award at the Paderewski Competition in Kąsna Dolna, Poland. At age 17, he played a role of a young pianist, a pupil of Paderewski, in a theater play staged at the University at Buffalo entitled “Paderewski’s Children”. Buffalo News called Lipinski’s performances “literally magical” and Eastman professor Tony Caramia called his playing “effortless, effective, evocative, sensitive, virtuosic, and technically brilliant.”
The support and development of young musicians is a fundamental principle of the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra’s mission. The second half of the concert will open with the 16-year old Daniel Szefer who will be featured in Chopin’s Andante spinato et grande polonaise brillante.
With its focus on the community outreach and music education, the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra is the most active professional music institution dedicated to the popularization of Polish music and culture outside of Poland. The orchestra has performed over 200 concerts for over 180,000 listeners, presenting music by the most illustrious Polish composers: Chopin, Wieniawski, Karlowicz, Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, Gorecki and Kilar.