Opałka’s ‘Emerge’ Reviewed in Gramophone

Tomasz J. Opałka (b. 1983): Collisions of the Matter; Symphony No 2 “Emerge”; DNA – Concerto for Bass Clarinet; Quadra
Sinfonia Iuventus, Krzysztof Słowiński – cond.; Polish Radio Orchestra, Łukasz Borowicz – cond.;  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Wojciech Michniewski – cond.
Warner Music Poland; Available on empik.com

Released on Dec 12, 2016, the album “Emerge” featuring symphonic works by young Polish composer Tomasz Jakub Opalka was recently reviewed in the prestigious Gramophone magazine.

As both the recording’s title and the subtitle of one of its works suggest, ‘Emerge’ also appropriately signals the arrival of an exciting new voice in contemporary music…. Opa[ł]ka then spent some time in Los Angeles working as understudy to established film composers Christopher Young and Marco Beltrami. The combination of traditional training in contemporary avant-garde techniques allied with hands-on experience of working on Hollywood soundtracks has produced a potent synthesis, demonstrating how closely related contemporary orchestral music and film soundtracks have become in the music of Opa[ł]ka’s generation. His most intensely powerful and focused Collisions of the Matter (2012) for large orchestra conjures up a highly dynamic and volatile soundscape…. The earliest composition on show, Quadra (2007), provides yet further evidence of Opa[ł]ka’s ability to conjure vivid sonic images through colourful and inventive orchestration.

[Source: gramophone.co.uk]